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Judging Panel

Nikki Archer

Deputy Director, Head of Procurement and Commercial Policy & Strategy and Head of Procurement Profession, Scottish Government

Nikki has worked in a number of private and public sector senior procurement and programme management roles since graduating in 1990 with a BA(Hons) in Business Economics and Marketing. With IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent she gained extensive experience in leading national and international procurement and system transformation programmes. Since joining the Scottish Government in 2005 she has played a key role in driving and enabling public procurement reform in Scotland, with a particular focus on building Scottish Government’s Procurement, Commercial and Project Delivery skills.

An FCIPS Chartered Procurement & Supply professional, Nikki currently sits on the CIPS Foundation Steering Group and is an ex-trustee of their Global Board of Trustees. With specific interests in developing the capability of individuals, organisations, supply chains and our Procurement People of Tomorrow, Nikki also plays an active role in encouraging diversity (in all its forms) within senior procurement and supply chain roles.

Scott Bell

Deputy Director of Procurement Development and Construction , Scottish Government

Scott is Deputy Director of Procurement Development and Construction at the Scottish government. The division is responsible for delivering the eCommerce Shared Service, Procurement and Supplier Journeys, Construction Procurement and Commercial Policy and coordinating development activity across the public procurement landscape in Scotland.

Scott’s procurement career started with the outsourcing of manufacturing processes. He spent 12 years in various roles with two large multi-national
electronics companies, ultimately as Global Sourcing Manager for semi-conductor products. Scott has been a Civil Servant in the Scottish Government for over ten years, during which time he has been focussed on the deployment of procurement and commercial practice to deliver wider policy outcomes.

With a mix of engineering and commercial experience, Scott has an interest in how system wide thinking can be harnessed to deliver economic and social value..

Julie Welsh

Director, Scotland Excel

Julie Welsh is the Director of Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for local government. As the organisation’s senior officer, she provides leadership and strategic direction to ensure its services are aligned to the needs of the sector. Since taking up her post in September 2014, Julie has implemented strategies to extend the range of services provided by Scotland Excel, extend the influence of the organisation in the wider public sector landscape, and secure its future as a leading shared service.

Julie has more than twenty years leadership and procurement experience in the public and private sector. Before joining Scotland Excel, she spent five years with Renfrewshire Council where she was Head of Procurement and Business Support. Prior to this, she held senior procurement roles at Glasgow Housing Association and Scottish Power, and has worked within the manufacturing, higher education and transport sectors. Julie holds an MBA from Glasgow University and has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply since 2001.

Jim Miller

Director of Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities, NHS Scotland

Jim has 30 years experience across the private and public sector in commercial, procurement and supply chain leadership. Having worked at a senior level in areas including aviation, construction and public organisations he joined NHS Scotland in 2006 as Director of Strategic Sourcing. In 2015 he took over the wider role of Director of Procurement Commissioning and Facilities.

With a broad portfolio providing commercial, clinical, advisory and improvement services across NHS Scotland and the wider public sector he is proud of his team’s collaborative arrangements and ambitious plans. He also fully recognises the role that a flexible, competitive and innovative supply base plays in supporting the future of Scotland’s Health Service.

Cath Hill MBA

Group Director, CIPS

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in 2011 and is responsible for a global portfolio that encompasses CIPS’ external facing activity under the CIPS and Supply management brands; and the development of CIPS’ senior level community.

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 financial services and retail.

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.

Sharon Smyth

Director, Department of Finance Construction & Procurement Delivery - Supplies and Services Division

Sharon Smyth is a Procurement Director in the Department of Finance NI.

Sharon is responsible for providing a procurement service to Northern Ireland Departments and other public sector bodies in respect of a wide range of supplies and services through open, transparent and legally compliant contracts ensuring best Value for Money.

As the lead body for centralised procurement, Sharon also has responsibility for delivering collaborative arrangements for common goods and services under a category management structure.

Sharon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS) and holds a Masters of Law in Public Procurement from the University of Nottingham.

Eddie Regan

Principal Consultant, PASS Procurement

Eddie is BiP Solutions’ Principal Procurement Consultant and working alongside the Client Services team, he frequently assists public sector organisations with clarification and interpretation of EU Directives and a wide variety of legislative issues. For the last 21 years Eddie has lectured regularly on procurement policy and processes at conferences and events, both on behalf of BiP and for a variety of other organisations. He also provides in-house training on the tendering process to personnel in both the public and private sectors