A Tribute To David Noble
CIPS announced on Monday that David Noble FCIPS, Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), had unexpectedly passed away.
Mr Noble’s legacy to the procurement profession includes his adroit leadership of the world’s largest procurement and supply chain professional body and his championing of the Modern Slavery Act.
As procurement leaders from around the world send in their tributes to mark Mr Noble's sudden and untimely passing, the common theme is one of sadness and shock.
Through these moving tributes, a picture is beginning to emerge of the significant legacy that Mr. Noble has left behind for the profession.
Please do take a moment, if you wish, to leave a personal tribute to David Noble.
Thank you to Nikki Bell FCIPS, Chair of Congress, for sharing her reflections:
"As David updated the Board of Trustees and CIPS Congress on his latest high profile trip to talk with the United Nations, the White House or the Vatican, we would invariably catch each other's eye across the crowded room. I didn't have to say a word or even raise an eyebrow.... He knew I was teasing him silently for his latest name drop and would laugh and acknowledge it with a good humour (which I put down to his good northern roots!) He was rightly proud that CIPS were at the top table providing thought leadership on how procurement could contribute to matters of global importance, from modern slavery and ethical supply chains; to tackling fraud, bribery and corruption.
We didn't always agree on courses of action, but David - ever the gentleman - was willing to listen. Okay, let's be honest, he used to say that he really didn't have a choice! In any respect, he worked with me in my role as Chair of Congress to do what we could to better engage and consult with members. He recognised and was committed to the on-going work we still have to do in that regard and I vividly remember our last conversation….
David, I heard you and I’m on it!
I am honoured to have worked with David throughout his time as CEO, from the early days on Council to the latest Fit for the Future Governance Review. I am so very grateful, too, for his many warm words of encouragement through my own life challenges and I wish I could pay that kindness forward tenfold to the family he leaves behind.
David was the don of our extended CIPS family and he has left incredibly big shoes to fill."
An extremely sad week for the professional world in the absence of a Noble individual with a superb leadership traits and a legacy to live on. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.