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Our approach to governance is to ensure we have the right structure, processes and people in place to allow us to focus on meeting our aims and objectives while operating in a regulated environment as a chartered professional institute and registered charity. In addition to creating a framework for efficient and ethical operations, the CIPS governance structure provides clear lines of accountability.

CIPS Charter and Bye-laws

CIPS is a professional body and registered charity, originally founded as the Purchasing Officers Association in 1932 and awarded a Royal Charter in 1992.  In June 2014 CIPS members voted to amend the Charter and Bye-laws to change the name of the Institute from ‘The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’ to ‘The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’ and to introduce the new professional status of ‘Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional’ for suitably qualified members.

On 8 October 2014 HM the Queen gave her assent to the proposed changes to the Charter and the Privy Council approved the changes to the Bye-laws.

View the full Charter and Bye-laws.

The Charter and Bye-laws are the Institute’s governing document and set out its structure and the rules for its governance and control.  The roles, responsibilities and operation of each body in the governance structure are set out in detailed Regulations.

Charter and Bye-law Changes

On 8 October 2014 HM The Queen gave her assent to change the name of the Institute from ‘The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’ to ‘The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’ and to introduce the new professional status ‘Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional’.

Chartered status will be open to MCIPS and FCIPS members and successful applicants will be able to use the title ‘MCIPS (or FCIPS) Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional’.

Applications for Chartered status are now being accepted. Find out more and register your interest.

Global Board of Trustees (GBT)


Sam Walsh AO



Tim Richardson FCIPS

British Airways

Congress Chair

Nikki Bell FCIPS

Scottish Government


Bill Crothers FCIPS

Greensill Capital (UK) Ltd


Sara Omer FCIPS



Sue Moffatt FCIPS

Welsh Government


Guy Strafford FCIPS

Proxima Group


Fabienne Lesbros FCIPS

Co-operative Group

Trustee Grahame Ball FCIPS Bluewire Limited
Trustee Michelle Yun Wang FCIPS Rolls-Royce plc
Trustee Alison Parker FCIPS HSBC
Trustee Fiona Revell FCIPS Solar Turbines
Trustee Professor Lynette Ryals Cranfield University

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is a body which operates independently of the Global Board of Trustees and is responsible for the election and appointment of Officers and Trustees.

Its role is to:

  • select the Institute’s President and the Chairman of the Global Board of Trustees
  • be responsible for the election and appointment of new Trustees
  • set the recruitment criteria for Trustees and the standard for Trustee performance and conduct
  • validate candidates for election or appointment to the Board of Trustees against those criteria to ensure that Trustees have the commitment and competence to carry out their responsibilities
  • put forward for election a slate of candidates who meet the criteria
  • appoint other Trustees and fill any vacancies, by pro-actively searching for suitable candidates who meet the criteria
  • ensure that the Trustees as a collective are balanced and not dominated by any single interest group

The Committee’s Terms of reference can be found in the Regulations.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a sub-committee of the Global Board of Trustees which supports the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities for the control and governance of the Institute, regulatory compliance and risk management.

Its role is to monitor, review and report to the Board on:

  • internal financial control and reporting policies
  • external audit arrangements
  • compliance with external regulators
  • risk management procedures
  • staff remuneration policy and pension policy

There are three members of the committee, at least two of whom must be current Trustees.

The Committee’s Terms of Reference can be found in the Regulations.

CIPS Officers

1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017 

President of the Institute – Sam Walsh AO

Sam Walsh is an Honorary Fellow of CIPS and as the former CEO of Rio Tinto, headed up one of the largest companies in the world. He is a committed philanthropist, giving his time to supporting the arts. An Australian citizen, he joined Rio Tinto in 1991,following 20 years in the automotive industry at General Motors and Nissan Australia.He held a number of management positions during his career at Rio Tinto including chief executive of the Aluminium group from 2001 to 2004, chief executive of the Iron Ore group from 2004 to 2009 and chief executive Iron Ore and Australia from 2009 to January 2013. His responsibilities covered operations and projects in Australia, Canada, Guinea and India, as well as Dampier Salt and Rio Tinto Marine.

Sam is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy,the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Technical Science and Engineering.In June 2010, he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. He was a director of Seven West Media Limited, Australia's largest diversified media business, from 2008 until January 2013 and is currently chairman of the West Australian chapter of the Australia Business Arts Foundation, the Chamber of Arts and Culture and the Black Swan State Theatre Company.

1 November 2015 to 31 October 2017

Chairman of Global Board of Trustees – Tim Richardson FCIPS
Head of Property, British Airways Plc.

Tim has been a member of CIPS since 2001 and became a Fellow in 2009. Tim joined the Global Board of Trustees in 2014 and was appointed Chairman in 2015.

Tim has spent the majority of his career with British Airways. He joined BA in 1995 as a procurement manager, corporate services, with commercial and contractual responsibility for professional services including management consultancy; temporary labour, recruitment; 3rd party training and large corporate outsourcing deals. He then went on to manage BA's 3000 strong fleet of ground vehicles including the contract management of the key service providers, followed by a period as a senior manager for the strategic sourcing programme, where his role was to transform the working practices of procurement by developing and implementing a world class strategic sourcing process including the delivery of selected sourcing projects.

Tim subsequently became general manager, finance operations, leading a team of 80 (split between UK and India) to deliver finance transaction services. He has been in his current role for five years. Reporting to the Director of Shared Services, Tim leads the procurement department (100 staff split between London and New York) and is responsible for £8bn of operational spend. His principal purpose is to define and implement BA’s procurement strategy, and deliver an outstanding procurement service to all business areas.

Elected February 2014

Chairman of Congress – Nikki Bell FCIPS, BA (Hons)
Head of Commercial Policy & Project Assurance, Scottish Government

Nikki has 23 years’ experience of working in procurement and supply chain management within both the private and public sectors. Her career has involved working across different industries from oil & gas to manufacturing & IT; in organisations ranging from major multinationals to the NHS & devolved Government; and leading teams responsible for managing the full end-to-end procurement process and development of international supply chains.

Nikki has been involved in creating, transforming and developing organisations; leading the development and implementation of global, national and local strategies; driving and enabling significant change in very complex stakeholder environments; and remote managing international teams. She has sat on various national and international commodity, programme and organisational strategy boards responsible for setting strategic direction, developing business plans and enabling delivery of corporate objectives. She chairs the Scottish Procurement Directorate’s Learning and Skills Board and contributes to the development and implementation of the wider Scottish Government People Strategy - with a particular focus on organisational enablement, leadership development, cultural and behavioural change.


The Congress is the Institute’s representative and advisory body, elected from and by the global membership.

View more detail on Congress and its role here.

Regional Offices

CIPS has offices in:

Country Region Represented  
UK UK and Rest of the World  
Australia Australasia Find out more
South Africa Africa Find out more
Dubai Middle East  and North Africa Find out more
Singapore Asia-Pacific
China China Find out more
Turkey Turkey