The CIPS Supply Management Awards judging panel will consist of representatives from CIPS and Supply Management in addition to other respected industry leaders across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

How we select our judges

We are confident that our awards stand out from others in the industry for being highly transparent, robust and ethical. Our standards are incredibly high and we carefully select judges based on this. 


We invite judges from a selection of backgrounds, sectors and industries to ensure we have a wide range of knowledge and experience that reflects the range of entries we receive. We invite representatives from the previous winning organisations as well as senior procurement leaders.   We do not allow consultants to join our panel and we limit non-CIPS judges to just two terms on the panel. All judges sign a confidentiality agreement with us, as well as declaring any conflicts of interest regarding the entries. Those judges who have declared a conflict of interest do not score those submissions and leave the room during discussions on the judging days. Our judging days are also recorded for complete transparency purposes. 

Judging system

Commerce Decisions – Official Technology Supplier to the CIPS Awards.


The CIPS awards judging process has been supported by Commerce Decisions’ AWARD® evaluation solution.  AWARD® enabled the evaluation of submissions in a robust, controlled and objective manner; without bias and ensuring the integrity of the judging activities. With a geographically dispersed judging team, tight timescales and a large number of documents to manage, AWARD® assured an efficient, robust, transparent and auditable competition process.


Commerce Decisions is focused on supporting complex, high risk evaluations – a niche area that may represent only 20% of procurement transactions, but often account for 50% of annual spend and 90% of procurement risk.  AWARD® has been developed specifically to support these strategic procurements with a structured, robust and transparent approach.  The solution offers a unique focus and depth of functionality, with innovative modules to support the development of effective criteria and assure value for money decisions. 


Together with our best practice knowledge and expert services, AWARD® provides project teams with the confidence that they are dealing with procurement challenges efficiently, meeting the demands of shareholders/procurement regulations and delivering robust decisions that are open to external scrutiny.  AWARD® has been proven to deliver time and cost savings, confidence, efficiency and defensibility.  With proven success on £200 billion of projects over 15 years,  Commerce Decisions has a strong client base across many sectors including construction, transport, education, FM, utilities, health and defence.

Chair Of Judges

Oliver Cock

Oliver joined the Compass Group UK & Ireland business in May 2011 as Managing Director for the Commercial function, the second biggest in Compass Group. In April 2016, after overseeing the full acquisition of Acquire Services Ltd in 2015, Oliver became Managing Director of Foodbuy. Foodbuy launched under the unification of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Commercial team and Acquire. Foodbuy is fully owned by Compass Group and acts as the purchasing and supply chain arm of Compass ...

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Meet The Judges

Caroline Blackman-Edney

Caroline Blackman-EdneyDirector of Procurement, University of Nottingham

Caroline has over 26 years’ experience in procurement, both in manufacturing and public sector. She joined the University of Cambridge in 2002 w...

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Cath Hill

Cath HillGroup Director, CIPS

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 as Marketing Director and is now responsible for a global portfolio t...

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Chris Bell

Chris BellCommercial Director, City of London Corporation

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in leading procurement and commercial functions specialising in business transformation, outsourcing and cat...

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Dennis Kenny

Dennis KennyPurchasing and HR Transformation Director, Jaguar Land Rover

Denis Kenny is the Purchasing and HR Transformation Director at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) where he has responsibility for major change programmes within...

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Emma Scott

Emma ScottRepresentation Manager, CIPS

Emma studied BA Business Studies and Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University and completed the CIPS Professional Diploma in 2003. Emma develo...

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Gavin Foxall

Gavin FoxallChief Procurement Officer, UKSBS

Gavin has 27 years of Procurement experience within the Public Sector. He has worked within a number of Central Government Departments procuring a wid...

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Jim Hemmington

Jim HemmingtonDirector of Procurement, BBC

Jim is Director of Procurement at the BBC, responsible for the external spend of £1.5 billion p.a. on goods and services, including outsource...

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Juliet Sotnick

Juliet SotnickChief Procurement Officer, Babcock International Group

Juliet is Chief Procurement Officer at Babcock International Group, a FTSE 100 company with 35,000 skilled staff who manage, support and o...

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Katie Jacobs

Katie JacobsEditor, Supply Management

Katie Jacobs is editor of Supply Management magazine, published on behalf of CIPS by Haymarket Network. She joined SM in May 2017. Before then,...

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Lucy Morrison

Lucy MorrisonProcurement Manager, Iggesund Paperboard

Lucy Morrison is Procurement Manager at Iggesund Paperboard and last years winner of the CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Profession...

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Nikki Hunter

Nikki HunterHead of Procurement, NCS Trust

Nikki has recently join NCS Trust as Head of Procurement to set up a new procurement function. Before that she was Head of Property and Procurement at...

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Peter Hughes

Peter HughesHead of Procurement Services, Heathrow Airport

Peter is Head of Procurement Services at Heathrow Airport, where he is responsible for developing and owning the Governance, Policies, Pro...

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