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. Judges are allowed to enter the Awards and have to sign a confidentiality agreement with us, as well as declaring any conflicts of entry regarding the entries. Judges do not score categories which their organisations have entered and are not privy to scores or 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 $400 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.

Head Judge

Julia Brown, Chief Procurement Officer, Carnival Corporation & Plc

Julia Brown is CPO of Carnival Corporation & Plc overseeing strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management. She assumed this newly created role in April 2015 and is accountable for working closely with the company's 10 brands and their leadership teams to strategically procure goods and services to further strengthen the company's supplier relationships and leverage its global scale across ~ $9Bn spend.

Meet The Judges

Duncan Brock

Duncan BrockGroup Director, CIPS

Duncan Brock is a member of the leadership team of CIPS. His main role is to ensure that CIPS provides its corporate and public se...

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Rob Douglas

Rob DouglasChief Procurement Officer, Direct Line Group

Rob has been CPO of Direct Line Group since September 2016, heading up a team of 85 and leading the transformation of a depart...

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Laura Faulkner

Laura FaulknerDirector of Supply Chain Services, Nationwide Building Society

Laura joined Nationwide in 2016 to lead Supply Chain Management which encompasses Procurement, Property Services, Vendor M...

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Jan Fokke van den Bosch

Jan Fokke van den BoschCPO, HSBC

Jan Fokke Van Den Bosch is responsible for the global procurement department at HSBC, a role he has held since March 2016. J...

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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 and is responsible for a global portfolio that e...

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Alex Jennings

Alex JenningsCPO, DS Smith

Alex is a global procurement, supply chain and sales leader, with a track record of delivering bottom- line results throug...

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Melinda Johnson

Melinda JohnsonCommercial Director, Department of Health and Social Care

Melinda Johnson joined the Department of Health and Social Care in June 2017 as Commercial Director following a period of 5 years ...

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Nik Kirner

Nik KirnerChief Procurement Officer, Thomas Cook Group

Nikolaus Kirner is a seasoned board member and C-level executive with core capability honed from decades of professional business ...

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Klaids Lafon de Ribeyrolles

Klaids Lafon de RibeyrollesProcurement Director, EU Operations, Amazon

Klaids is Procurement Director at Amazon with responsibility for the Capital and Operating Expenditure (CAPEX & OPEX) for Amazon O...

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Tom Rae

Tom RaeGroup Director of Purchasing and Supply Chain, JCB

Tom has held various procurement and non-procurement roles in a number of leading global manufacturing companies and has worked in...

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Marco Salzedo

Marco SalzedoDirector of Commercial & Contract Management Capability, Cabinet Office

Marco Salzedo recently joined the Government Commercial Function (GCF) as Director of Commercial and Contract Management Capabilit...

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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...

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Katharina Stenholm

Katharina StenholmSenior Vice President, Chief Cycles and Procurement Officer, Danone

Katharina Stenholm joined Danone in 2017 as senior vice president, chief cycles and procurement officer responsible for the g...

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Ninian Wilson

Ninian WilsonGlobal Supply Chain Director, Vodafone

Ninian joined Vodafone in 2009 as SCM IT director and was appointed to the board of the Vodafone Procurement Company in November ...

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