The CIPS Supply Management Awards judging panel consist of representatives from CIPS and Supply Management in addition to other respected procurement 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 professions 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. Judges are not allowed to enter the Awards and any who have declared a conflict of interest do not score those submissions and leave the room during discussions on the judging days. 

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

Cath Hill

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 and is responsible for a global portfolio that encompasses CIPS’ external facing activity including Marketing and Communications; PR and Representation; Publications and Events, under the CIPS and Supply management brands; and the development of CIPS’ wider communities. Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a num...

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Meet The Judges

Alan Hartley

Alan HartleyHead of Procurement, Sellafield

An accomplished, passionate and innovative global procurement leader/ CPO that transforms procurement teams into high performing business function...

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Ann McChesney

Ann McChesneyDeputy Director- Complex Transactions Team, Cabinet Office

My background is a Commercial, Private/Public Sector Procurement and commercial delivery within major programmes in Government. The majority of my...

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Cath Houlihan

Cath HoulihanDirector of Procurement & Commercial Legal, RICS

Cath is a procurement professional with a successful track record of delivering global strategic leadership, change management and operational eff...

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Conception Ribaud

Conception RibaudHead of Procurement, MTR Crossrail

Conception has been working in procurement for about 10 years mainly in the railway industry, but also in the electronics, automotive, ret...

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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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Ian Dewer

Ian DewerProcurement Leader, Laing O’Rourke

Ian has worked in the Construction industry for 30 years, where he has held leading Procurement roles in many large and iconic construction and in...

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Karen Mansell

Karen MansellCPO, Bayer CropScience

Karen Mansell is member of the Product Supply Committee of the Crop Science Division and the Corporate Procurement Leadership Team, focusing on C...

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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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Malcolm Dare

Malcolm DareProcurement Director, Thales UK and Continental Europe

Malcolm is the Procurement Director - Thales UK and Continental Europe for Thales SA. He is an experienced country and board level procurement directo...

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Patrick Dunne

Patrick Dunne(CPO) Director of Group Procurement and Cost Transformation, J Sainsbury plc

Patrick has recently joined J Sainsbury plc as their Chief Procurement Officer with responsibility for all of the group's procurement as well as t...

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Philip Bigland

Philip BiglandGlobal Head of Indirect Procurement, Dyson

At Dyson, Philip manages a dynamic and rapidly growing operation across 25 countries. He leads a procurement function that is challenged to never...

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Tim Bullock

Tim BullockDirector, Supply Chain, NATS

Joining NATS in July 2012 as part of the Operations Leadership, Tim developed and implemented a significant transformation programme of both the S...

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Tim Runacre

Tim RunacreDirector of Trading, Crown Agents

Tim is Director of Trading for Crown Agents’ Commercial Enterprises division, focusing on various stages of the supply chain. Within his depart...

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