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CIPS announces sad news

CIPS announces sad news

Procurement colleagues in Wales will be saddened to hear that CIPS Chief Executive, David Noble unexpectedly passed away on 24 February, following a short illness.

David’s legacy to the procurement profession includes his determined leadership of the world’s largest procurement and supply chain professional body and his championing of the Modern Slavery Act.

David was a strong supporter of public sector procurement in Wales and the work being undertaken by Welsh Government to raise the profile of the profession and deliver transformational change. David was highly impressed with the development of the nine strands of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement, and the Code of Conduct for Ethical Employment, which builds on the Modern Slavery Act. This was acknowledged in his personal recommendation and the subsequent awarding of Honorary Fellowship to Jane Hutt, then Minister for Finance and Government Business, now Leader of the House and Chief Whip; the first and only UK politician to receive the award. 

Since his appointment in 2009, David has grown CIPS into a truly global and financially successful organisation, focused on improving and obtaining recognition for the procurement profession. David was responsible for driving forward initiatives such as training, licensing of procurement professionals, and the establishment of standards for anti-corruption, anti-bribery and anti-modern slavery.

Following a meeting with Andrew Forrest of the Walk Free Foundation in 2012, David spearheaded raising the visibility of Modern Slavery globally, and establishing the Ethical and Sustainable Procurement Guide. David supported and guided the team in the Home Office in establishing the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

At the time of David’s death, CIPS has over 115,000 members across 150 countries, with offices in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the UK, North Africa and the Middle East, with partnerships in China, Poland, Romania and Sweden.

Our thoughts and condolences go to David’s family and the staff at CIPS.