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Our Councils

The GSA Executive team is supported by two Councils: the GSA Executive Council and the GSA Management Council.

The GSA Executive Council is comprised of elected and co-opted volunteers from across the spectrum of the global sourcing industry. The Executive Council meets on a bi-monthly basis to update on and review the progress of elected and approved GSA programmes of work. The Management Council consists of two members of the Council who work with the GSA Executive to review the overall performance of the association and more detailed Governance of the Association. Meetings take place monthly with interim calls on a weekly basis.

The GSA UK’s Council is an elected body which helps shape the strategic focus of the GSA UK, to be tactically implemented by the GSA UK Executive (full-time employees). The Council is formed of GSA UK members representing the entire sourcing industry: buyers, suppliers, support; all key verticals, all key horizontal functions, all leadership positions.

The GSA UK Council consists of up to 22 elected representatives who proactively support the GSA UK Executive to deliver key initiatives within the manifesto, such as chairing Special Interest Groups or driving collaborative research projects. Additionally, there are two Council positions elected on an annual basis to deliver a proposed manifesto.

About the GSA UK Management Council

The Council will then nominate at least three of its number to form the GSA UK Management Council and elect a Chair. Mark Devonshire is currently the elected Chair and his term will run until 31 August 2020. The Management Council will be the interface with the GSA UK Executive, observing that projects are delivered according to the agreed strategy, through meetings on a quarterly basis.

About the GSA UK Chairperson

The Chairperson of the GSA UK has a figurehead position within the GSA UK.

The Chair position requires the most time commitment, as in addition to quarterly Council meetings and monthly Management Council meetings, the Chair of the GSA UK will be requested to attend and sometimes address audiences at key industry events.

The Chair is elected on annual basis and can serve a maximum of 3 terms.

Council Involvement

Being on the GSA UK Council is a twelve month commitment. All Council Members are requested to attend at least three of the four Council meetings per year, in order to create a blueprint for GSA UK initiatives.

Council members are required to steer initiatives, but the GSA UK Executive will manage the delivery. Council members should be available to fulfil on any follow-up work they commit to and involvement in sub-activities, if applicable. Council members should expect to invest a minimum of 18 hours over a 3 month period – with some investing significantly more time, if so volunteered.

It is also required that Council members support the Association’s goals, policies, including the GSA UK’s commitment to best practice in all aspects of sourcing and outsourcing, and not act against the interests of the GSA UK. In this respect the nominee must sign the Principles of Good Governance and Code of Best Practice of the GSA UK before they can take up their position once elected. This document is available from the GSA UK Executive.

Council members are requested to support the GSA UK through:

  • Ideas / planning / steering of programmes / manifesto campaigns
  • Contributions to industry awards, standards and qualifications
  • Nominations for benevolent spend (to be proposed to GSA UK Management Council)
  • Providing contacts for potential membership, speaker, partnering opportunities
  • Judging GSA Awards – UK, Professional and Global

Our most ardent Council members can also get involved to:

  • Chair or present at GSA UK events
  • Represent the GSA UK in the media, working in conjunction with the GSA UK press office
  • Develop thought leadership pieces for publication in national and key trade press
  • Be GSA UK ambassadors by speaking / judging / contributing /networking etc. at third parties’ initiatives

Roles on the Council are unpaid and there is no allocation for travel expenses. Meeting venue and catering bills are however covered by the GSA UK.

How to run for the Council

Each candidate must be working for a corporate member of the GSA UK in good standing when the nominations close and not have acted against the interests of the GSA UK.

If you wish to run for any one of these positions you must fill in your nomination form with a paragraph on “Why you?” and your biography. The biographies received will accompany the ballots sent out by the GSA UK. Please also send a photo to to make the Council more personable.


Why Join Us

Membership to the GSA provides you with the latest industry updates, as well as access to all our materials in order to improve your knowledge in the sourcing industry.

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