Robert George Waddell

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Election Statement

Bob Waddell has worked in the NHS Procurement Service for over 41 years and is currently Procurement & Logistics Manager for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust which is one of the largest providers of Mental Health and Learning Disability Services in the UK.  Bob is a Fellow of CIPS and a Chartered Procurement & Supply Professional and has been a member of the HCSA for 20 years and is currently the Regional Co-ordinator for the North East Region.

Bob worked as a Task Force Trainer for the NHS for over 10 years and delivered training on procurement related topics to hundreds of staff all over the country during that period. He was also a member of the TFT Steering Group and helped in developing the training materials which enabled delivery of the CIPS Level 2 Certificate qualification.  This was one of the highlights of his career, being able to pass on some of his knowledge and experience to the up and coming procurement professionals of the future and he has been privileged to meet many dedicated and talented people when carrying out this voluntary role.  Bob also represents his Trust on the Procurement Skills Development Network currently.

Bob has Board level experience as a current member of the Council of Governors for his Trust for over 8 years and was also involved in a local Non NHS Charity as a Trustee for many years until the work of that Charity was taken over by the local Council.

“My main aim as a Trustee would be to work with the other Trustees, Executive and National Stakeholder Group to ensure that the Association continues to be the professional organisation of choice for all NHS Procurement Staff and continues to be run for their direct benefit and development. My previous experience as a Congress Member for CIPS would also be useful in developing and maintaining links between the two organisations. 

This tremendous opportunity has presented at a period in my life and career where I am approaching the point where I “hang up my requisition book” and retire from my full time role, however I have so much knowledge and experience which I would like to give back and I see this role within the HCSA as a perfect way to do this.  I would also have the time available, which would enable me to give the role the commitment which it both requires and deserves. 

I hope that the members of the Association will look favourably upon this nomination based on the information which I have provided”