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Congratulations to our 2016 graduates

We were delighted to see so many MCIPS professionals join us for the CIPS 2016 Graduation Ceremony.  It's a proud moment for members who have worked so hard to gain professionally recognised qualifications.

If you're going to be graduating next year make sure it's in your diary!

Take inspiration from our high-achieving graduates

Committing to your studies really does pay dividends as some of our award-winning graduates' successes demonstrate. Take a look at their stories and see what you too can achieve as you continue your journey to MCIPS.



William Tagoe MCIPS - Presidents Award prize winner

William trained as an Engineer at Cambridge University, also gaining his Masters in Manufacturing Engineering whilst an undergraduate. He subsequently joined Ernst & Young in London where he gained his Chartered Accountant qualification.

At EY, William gained extensive experience in Corporate Finance Advisory, and in particular corporate and private equity transactions, business restructuring, financial due diligence and operational due diligence. He has worked on a broad range of assignments spanning a range of sectors and countries.

On joining Harley Reed in 2009 as the Chief Operating Officer, William sought to expand the business operations across Africa with supply chain training and consulting a key part of the business. It was at this stage that he first came across CIPS formally, although his father has been a CIPS member since 1980 and is currently a CIPS Congress member representing Africa.

It quickly became apparent that business transformation could be driven by first transforming the procurement function. William therefore decided to upskill himself in this area and undertake his CIPS studies in 2014 – completing Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma within a year.


Edward Roberts MCIPS - Professional Diploma prize winner

I began my procurement career at Warwickshire County Council in social care contracting in 2010, where I was involved in the outsourcing of services and contract negotiation. I began studying for my CIPS Diploma in 2011. From here, I progressed into a role in Strategic Commissioning where I developed the Council’s Market Management function, before completed my CIPS Professional Diploma in 2015. I have recently moved into NHS procurement where I am working as a Category Manager for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. This role enables me to apply the full breadth of my CIPS knowledge as I am working across a broad range of categories including fast moving items, complex medical supplies, capital projects, FM and HR. The CIPS programme was a real test but it has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to apply best practice in a complex environment and transfer my skills across sectors. Although the exams are tough, like many other people I worked full-time whilst studying and also had childcare commitments.  I hope my achievement can be an inspiration to others who are considering becoming MCIPS. 


Janine Precey  - Advanced Diploma prize winner

I work for Gallagher Fuel Systems in New Zealand as a Category Manager.  Some of my responsibilities are making decisions for ongoing component supply, ensuring material costs are understood for new/existing manufacturing contracts and developing key internal and external relationships.  As part of this role, Gallagher has supported me through the CIPS qualifications.  I am very grateful for the full assistance they have provided.

Often in procurement you “fall” into the job and this was the situation for me.  Learning the theory behind day to day tasks was of huge appeal.  It has been wonderful to develop a deeper understanding of procurement and supply.  The lessons learnt have enriched my role – there have been many “aha!” moments where theory and reality meet.  I have used this theory to move from a tactical level to a more strategic one.

The route I have taken is self-study.  This is hugely challenging – making sure study is prioritised, motivating yourself - as well as ensuring that you actually understand the material and what is required in exams.  However the hard work is paying off - I am delighted to have achieved the Advanced Diploma Award.



Esther Huntington - Diploma prize winner

I joined the Department for Work and Pensions in London in 2014 as part of the Procurement Management Development Scheme. The scheme supports students to become qualified procurement professionals, undertake a range of commercial placements within the department and develop practical skills. Studying while working takes up a lot of time, but it’s worthwhile to develop both theory and experience at the same time. My studies definitely help me progress in work and vice versa. 

I studied for CIPS level 4 with a group of colleagues.  We attended a tutor led course for 3 days in preparation for each exam which was a good chance to study collaboratively and learn from each other. On my own I mainly use the big textbook and the past papers to make notes for studying and revision.   We’ve now progressed onto the Advanced Diploma. 

Outside of work and CIPS I spend as much time as possible with my family and friends, enjoy triathlons and open water swimming, and volunteer at a fringe theatre in Notting Hill.