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Proxima's Ian Thompson elected CIPS Councillor for South East Region

Aug 8, 2011 11:44:00 AM

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LONDON, UK – 8 August 2011. Ian Thompson, Managing Director Support Services at Proxima, Europe’s largest procurement outsourcing specialist, has been elected to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s (CIPS) Council. Elected by CIPS members to represent the South East, Ian’s three-year term as councillor will run from November 2011 to October 2014.

A CIPS member for 16 years, Ian has worked closely with the Institute throughout his career, acting as a CIPS senior assessor for the Level 6 ‘Leading & Influencing in Purchasing’ study unit and authoring the Level 4 ‘Purchasing Contexts’ student course book. In 2006, Ian was instrumental in leading Proxima to become one of the first organisations to achieve a CIPS Gold accreditation.

The primary role of the CIPS Council is to establish and develop CIPS’ corporate strategy, and to ensure that this aligns with the organisation’s objectives. The members of the Council are collectively the trustees of CIPS the registered charity. They have specific responsibilities to ensure that the organisation is being properly managed, that its assets are protected and used for the proper purpose.

Commenting on his appointment, Ian Thompson said:
“I am honoured to have been elected by CIPS’s South East members to represent them at Council. Procurement, as a business service, is playing an increasingly strategic role supporting British industry and I relish the opportunity to support this industry’s growth as a CIPS Councillor.”

Commenting on the appointment, CIPS Director of Governance Margaret West-Burnham, said:
“Ian Thompson is an experienced purchasing and supply chain trainer with more than 20 years experience in both the public and private sectors. This experience, combined with his longstanding commitment to CIPS and the development of the industry, makes Ian an ideal candidate to join the CIPS Council. As a councillor, Ian will support CIPS’s work both in enhancing the standing of the profession and its practitioners and in delivering CIPS’ public benefit objectives as a chartered body and registered charity.”

Media Contact:

FTI Consulting, for Proxima

 Jamie Robertson
+44 20 7831 3113

About CIPS

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the largest body in the world representing the procurement and supply profession.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply chain management issues and offers corporate business solutions.  CIPS has 65,000 members in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of the profession have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation.


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