The CIPS Supply Management Awards judging panel will consist of representatives from CIPS as well as senior procurement leaders.  We do not allow consultants to join our panel and we limit non-CIPS judges to just two terms on the panel. All judges sign a confidentiality agreement with us, as well as declaring any conflicts of interest regarding the entries. Those judges who have declared a conflict of interest do not score those submissions

We are confident that our awards stand out from others in the industry for being highly transparent, robust and ethical. Our standards are incredibly high and we carefully select judges based on this. 


This consists of two phases. Firstly judges will individually read, score and comment on all of the entries. The second phase will consist of an in-depth group discussion on each entry and a majority vote will be conducted to determine the shortlist and winners, taking into account, scores, comments and discussions.

Judging System

Commerce Decisions – Official Technology Supplier to the CIPS Awards.


The CIPS awards judging process has been supported by Commerce Decisions’ AWARD® evaluation solution.  AWARD® enabled the evaluation of submissions in a robust, controlled and objective manner; without bias and ensuring the integrity of the judging activities. With a geographically dispersed judging team, tight timescales and a large number of documents to manage, AWARD® assured an efficient, robust, transparent and auditable competition process.


Commerce Decisions is focused on supporting complex, high risk evaluations – a niche area that may represent only 20% of procurement transactions, but often account for 50% of annual spend and 90% of procurement risk.  AWARD® has been developed specifically to support these strategic procurements with a structured, robust and transparent approach.  The solution offers a unique focus and depth of functionality, with innovative modules to support the development of effective criteria and assure value for money decisions. 


Together with our best practice knowledge and expert services, AWARD® provides project teams with the confidence that they are dealing with procurement challenges efficiently, meeting the demands of shareholders/procurement regulations and delivering robust decisions that are open to external scrutiny.  AWARD® has been proven to deliver time and cost savings, confidence, efficiency and defensibility.  With proven success on £200 billion of projects over 15 years,  Commerce Decisions has a strong client base across many sectors including construction, transport, education, FM, utilities, health and defence.

Chair Of Judges

Cath Hill

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 and is responsible for a global portfolio that encompasses CIPS’ external facing activity including Marketing and Communications; PR and Representation; Publications and Events, under the CIPS and Supply management brands; and the development of CIPS’ wider communities. Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a number...

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Meet The Judges

Jim McGuire

Jim McGuireGeneral Manager Strategy, Performance and Innovation, SA Water

Jim McGuire, FCIPS, is SA Water’s General Manager Strategy, Performance and Innovation. SA Water is recognised globally as a leading cus...

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Johanne Rossi

Johanne RossiChief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer

Johanne is an award-winning business leader who lives by the five lessons of late Australian businessman James Strong “Always listen, always be ...

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Margaret	Pearson

Margaret PearsonChief Advisor Procurement, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Margaret Pearson is the Chief Advisor Procurement for New Zealand Government Procurement and Property. Margaret’s responsibilities include providin...

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Nick Binks

Nick BinksGM Contracting & Procurement, Woodside Energy

A well rounded senior supply chain executive, operating at senior GM/CPO level, experienced in small, medium and large scale contracting &...

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Sara	Hay

Sara HayHead of Financial Transformation, Auckland Council

Sara was awarded the 2016 New Zealand Procurement Leader of the Year by the Procurement Excellence Forum for her role as General Manager of Procuremen...

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Siju Johny

Siju JohnyChief Procurement Officer, TransGrid

Siju Johny is the Chief Procurement Officer for TransGrid and got the full responsibility for Strategic Procurement, contract management, supp...

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Stuart Smith

Stuart SmithChief Procurement Officer - APAC, Cushman & Wakefield

Stuart has over 20 years’ experience in the procurement industry, with 18 years of that time spent in the property sector. He has held a range o...

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Tracey Wright

Tracey WrightRegional Supply Chain Manager - Australia, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal

Tracey Wright has been a Supply Chain professional in the Resource Sector for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Bond University in Australia where s...

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