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’. Find out more.

    Code of Conduct

    Members of CIPS worldwide are required to uphold CIPS Code of Conduct and to seek commitment to it by all the parties they engage with in their professional practice.

    View the Code

    Global Board of Trustees (GBT)


    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 Paula Gildert FCIPS Takeda International

    Nominations Committee

    The Nominations Committee is a sub-committee 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

    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.

    Remuneration Committee

    The Remuneration Committee is a sub-committee of the Global Board of Trustees, its role is to ensure that CIPS has in place appropriate policies and procedures to ensure fair and appropriate remuneration to its employees generally, and to manage the recruitment of the CEO, thereafter reviewing his or her remuneration.

    Its role is to:

    • review and approve CIPS employee remuneration policy for its relevance and appropriateness
    • review and approve the bonus payments each year, if applicable
    • review and approve CIPS’ employee pension policy for its relevance and appropriateness (taken from Audit Committee)
    • review and set the remuneration package for the CEO, including any bonus scheme
    • review and approve the CEO’s recommendations for the remuneration of the Strategic Leadership Team
    • consider and approve entry and exit packages for the CEO and Strategic Leadership Team members where terms are outside normal contractual parameters.

    CIPS Officers

    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.

    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.

    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
    Ghana Ghana  
    Singapore Asia-Pacific
    South Africa Africa Find out more
    UAE Middle East  and North Africa Find out more
    Turkey Turkey
    USA USA  

    Annual Reports and Accounts

    View CIPS Annual Report and Accounts for:

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