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.