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What people think:

“David Kemp is a seasoned and trusted supply chain executive who has earned a reputation for getting a lot of things done in a very short period of time in a complex environment.”
Company President

“I worked with David whilst on the Board of CIPS when we were undertaking a major restructuring of the Institute’s governance – his focus, determination and follow through were major factors in the delivery of fundamental and necessary change for the Institute.”
Board Member

About David Kemp FCIPS FCILT FRAeS:

David has spent over 30 years working in Procurement and Supply Chain management, holding leadership positions in complex businesses in the UK, USA and Canada. Expert in strategic sourcing through to materials handling and distribution, he has designed and built global organisations that add value and boost competitiveness across the whole business.

Working as a senior leader of large supply chain organisations, he is solution oriented and continually shares his knowledge, using a coaching style that grows the team and delivers value-added outcomes, reducing costs and improving performance.

David has negotiated contracts with suppliers across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. With product expertise in the aerospace and maritime industries, he has also transformed materials management and logistics for inbound supply. He has also served on not-for-profit boards and committees, guiding strategies and governance at an appropriate level with due regard to fiduciary responsibilities and ethics.

Career history:

  • Vice President – Supply Chain at Irving Shipbuilding in Canada, transforming the supply chain function and sourcing over $600M materials in preparation for ship construction for the Royal Canadian Navy.
  • Vice President – Supply Chain at the Engine Control and Electrical Power division of Goodrich prior to its acquisition by UTC.
  • Executive positions in purchasing and logistics at Rolls-Royce plc in UK and USA.


David Kemp