Immediate Past President - Helen Walker

Job title: Chair of Operations & Supply Management

Institution: Cardiff Business School

Email: WalkerHL@cardiff.ac.uk 


Helen was the President of IPSERA from April 2014 to April 2017. She is a Professor of Operations and Supply Management and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at Cardiff Business School. She has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Sustainable / Responsible Procurement Group, and the cross-government Sustainable Procurement Task Force. Helen has provided advice, conducted research or participated in policy-making on sustainable procurement issues with public sector bodies such as the United Nations, NHS PASA, local government and DEFRA, and with private firms such as PepsiCo and Boots. She teaches MBA modules in Strategic Operations Management, and Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

Research interests

  • sustainable procurement
  • sustainable supply chain management
  • purchasing and supply chain management
  • corporate social responsibility
  • outsourcing, off-shoring and in-sourcing
  • supply strategy
  • global supply chains
  • ethical issues in SCM
  • theoretical approaches to operations management



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