Patrick takes prestigious   ‘Leader of the Year’ title 

A STRABANE man has been named as ‘Leader of the Year’ by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Patrick Dunne scooped the accolade at  the recent CIPS Supply Management Awards at the prestigious Grosvenor House in London, where over 1,000 of his industry peers gathered to mark achievements which have taken place over the past 12 months.

According to judges, Patrick, formerly of Laurel Drive in Strabane, took the Leader of the Year award for his “acute commercial acumen and leadership.”

“In my profession, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply is the body that gives us the credibility… so for 20 of the judges to select an individual who they think worthy… from companies around the world,  it’s a big thing.

“I didn’t know anything about it so I was as shocked as anyone when the cameras came on me.

“I thought, ‘Wow.’ It’s the pinnacle of my career in the procurement industry.”

Patrick left Strabane in ‘92 to go to Newcastle to join car giants, Nissan Motor Company where he spent 10 years playing leading roles in Nissan’s revival and integration with Renault. He later worked for MFI plc as purchasing director, and subsequently spent time in Asia as managing director for MFI Asia.

 He was also part of the team that grew Howden Joinery before being made chief operating officer for Howden Joinery Supply, where he restructured the sourcing, manufacturing and supply chains.

He currently works as chief procurement officer for Sainsbury’s with responsibility for all of the group’s procurement as well as leading its cost base transformation. 

More recently he has added the group’s extensive property portfolio for Sainsbury’s and Argos to his responsibilities as group property and procurement director.

The judges’ comments included, “Patrick’s acute commercial acumen and leadership has transformed procurement and supply in several large multi- national brands with a real focus on developing people and raising the bar for the function. 

“He is an inspirational leader who regularly gives back to the profession, demonstrating procurements value beyond its more traditional roots.”


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