The Council's procurement manager, Derek Barr, has been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
The Fellowship is the Institute's highest grade of membership and is awarded as a hallmark of professional standing. CIPS the leading professional body for procurement - it has a worldwide membership of over 44,000. Senior members are encouraged to have their professional achievements recognised through the award of Fellowship. It is a recognition of achievements within the profession and a definition of professional status. At present 400 members have achieved this distinction.
Chief Executive Dave Jones will present Derek with the framed Fellowship scroll at 9.30am on Thursday 13th March at Greenfield House, Alloa. You are invited to send a photographer.
Derek was appointed the Council's procurement manager in April 2003. Since then he has saved the Council and local taxpayers thousands of pounds thanks to renegotiated contracts and better value for money tenders.
Derek is a senior and experienced procurement professional who has been responsible for raising both the profile and the contribution of procurement across the whole Council. He influences a substantial procurement spend. He also provides procurement advice and support across the wider Scottish public sector community and he uses occasional public speaking opportunities to further promote procurement. These are all real contributions to the profession and helped to convince the panel to grant him fellowship.