Andrew Coulcher FCIPS
Group Membership and Knowledge Director
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
Andrew Coulcher was appointed Director of Knowledge & Membership at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply in February 2010. His team is responsible for Knowledge management, Membership and networks, CIPS Corporate Certification and representing CIPS within the Public Sector
Andrew is an accomplished procurement professional with a background in strategic sourcing, deployment of e-Procurement technology and creating new business ventures within a large corporate environment. Previous roles have included Head of Sourcing at Ericsson, responsible for direct and indirect procurement, and Global Procurement Director at Motorola, leading a global team involved with product and services procurement for manufacture and deployment of 2-way radio and cellular networks. His achievements include delivering indirect procurement cost savings of $100M against a managed spend of $1.3B and deploying e-Procurement technology in 26 countries serving more than 12,000 users.
David Noble FCIPS
Group Chief Executive Officer
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
David was appointed Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply on 1 June 2009. Previously, he was Group Supply Director at IMI plc, a FTSE 100 UK multinational company specialising in advanced engineering technology and responsible for c£1b spend. A key achievement was pioneering Category Management and Strategic Sourcing at Motorola in the mid-1980s. Although the majority of his career has been in manufacturing, he also has experience of the public sector, the distribution industry and large scale turnkey power station projects.
He has an honours degree and was elected a fellow of the institute in 1994 also serving on the fellowship selection panel, the CIPS management board, the Cabinet Office Government Procurement Reform Board and the London Olympics Supplier Arbitration Board.
Leading CIPS to its pre-eminent position as the largest Procurement and Supply professional body, he has pioneered the ‘Licensing the Profession’ Policy. This has guided significant media attention and invitations to the Vatican, United Nations and the White House.
Cath Hill MBA
Group Marketing Director
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 as Marketing Director and is now responsible for a global portfolio that also includes PR, Representation, Publications, Events and Communities. Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a number of sectors including insurance, retail, leisure and information services. She led the launch marketing strategy of Bluewater, then Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination, and established Scoot as one of the UK’s biggest (and earliest) digital brands. More recently she has been responsible for integrated insurance marketing strategies for the likes of M&S, HSBC and RAC.
Cath regularly chairs and presents at CIPS events and other conferences, and is a spokesperson for CIPS on topics such as the role procurement has to play in eradicating modern slavery and the need for the profession to raise its game and raise its voice.
Richard Masser FCIPS
Chief Executive Officer
Crestwood Global Product Solutions Ltd
Richard started his career as a stock controller with the Wolseley Group before moving to Ladbrokes to work in their DIY retail division. He then progressed to the automotive industry to join Autogem; here he played an integral role in developing key supplier relationships and the company’s lean approach to manufacture and supply chain management.
He then joined Eurospace Furniture PLC, where as head of logistics and operations he was responsible for overall site function, including strategic supplier relationships, procurement and supply chain management. At the age of 29 Richard became the youngest serving director of the company and was instrumental in building the organisation further to take on an increased global presence.
Richard left the security of his directorship to set up Quantum Global Product Solutions – providing design, sourcing and supply of specialist products to a diverse global customer base. Adopting a lean approach, the business developed from only the promise of a modest customer order at the onset to a profitable £25m turnover inside five years. Quantum was fully acquired by Crestwood in 2008.
Richard was immediately appointed CEO for Crestwood, including the Asia based operation and during his seven years of office to date, has driven group diversity to embrace a number of industry sectors around the globe.
At the time of writing Richard is currently in the final stages of leading a Management Buyout [MBO] for the Crestwood business – so effectively coming full circle to acquire the business that acquired his business back in 2008.
With more than 25 years commercial experience Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply [FCIPS] and a past member of CIPS council. He served on the CIPS Global Board of Trustees including two years as chairman and currently sits on the Awarding Body Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board of Trustees.
Richard was appointed Global President of CIPS in November 2015 where he served for one year completing his term of office in October 2016. He now sits on the CIPS Appointments Committee.
Dr Shamir Ghumra
Director; Centre for Sustainable Products
Dr Shamir Ghumra has over ten years’ experience in a £1bn multinational construction products business; Shamir is a recognised expert on Responsible & Ethical Sourcing for the construction industry. Shamir is currently Director of the Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE. He is an expert on Life Cycle Assessment and the environmental impacts of products. He also leads the work area at BRE on Responsible and Ethical Sourcing. He is a member of a number of British and European standards committees and a board member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.