CIPS Fellow: Meet Lesley Anderson, SPA Head of Procurement

Meet Lesley Anderson Head of Procurement at the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) who has recently received CIPS fellowship status for her contributions

In Brief

Role: Head of Procurement

Current company website: Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA)

Years at the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA): 5

Years in the industry: 27 +

With more than 27 years of experience in the procurement industry, Lesley Anderson has worked in multiple sectors including construction, gas and oil, and the public sector. 

Anderson joined the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) in 2017 as a Technical Procurement Manager. In her current role that she took on in 2019 as Head of Procurement, Anderson supports the Director of SPA Clive Feeney to deliver the company business plan, managing a turnover of over £250mn and a client portfolio of more than 100 contract authorities.

In addition to supporting Feeney, Anderson leads SPA’s work with its strategic partners to ensure its solution not only meet requirements but also the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Procurement Duty. 

Anderson receives CIPS fellowship status for her contributions to the profession

Becoming a fully qualified member of CIPS in 2000 and achieving charted status in 2019, Anderson has been recognised for her contributions to the procurement profession receiving CIPS fellowship status. 

What is the CIPS fellowship?

The CIPS fellowship is the highest grade of membership at the organisation, it recognises an individual’s outstanding level of achievement, knowledge, and experience in procurement and supply, as well as a person’s drive and determination to enhance the profession for the good of the public. 

Commenting on receiving her fellowship status, Anderson said: “Fellowship is a reflection of the highest procurement professional achievement and recognition of leadership. Keeping myself accredited to the highest standard ensures I keep my skills up-to-date and gives me the confidence to know I am at the top of my professional game. I am currently in discussion with the CIPS West of Scotland branch with a view to joining their committee.” 

Feeney also commented: “Her position within the Scottish procurement community has been fundamental to the success of SPA. She is respected and trusted, not only by her colleagues but also by her peers throughout the Scottish housing and construction sectors.

“Since joining us, she has developed and implemented many added value services for our partners, including a full call-off service, and championed our first blended procurement solution comprising a framework and Dynamic Purchasing System. She has also led on the drive to engage with our partners so that we understand what they need from our frameworks, and make sure their specific requirements are included in our final product.”

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