Letter from Kerry Hallard, NOA CEO
Dear NOA Member,
After 29 years we are saying goodbye to the National Outsourcing Association.
But it is with great pride, rather than a heavy heart, that I announce this.
The NOA has over the last 29 years consistently provided its membership base with an outstanding portfolio of best practice content, industry insight, a wide programme of events, an ever-expanding professional development portfolio and unparalleled networking opportunities among other benefits. Over this period of time we have worked assiduously to promote the positive reputation of outsourcing by driving awareness, education, standards and thought leadership.
As a member-led association we have executed our responsibility as a custodian for the outsourcing community with great care and always acted diligently as a lens into, and representative voice of, the industry to our counterparts throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Our impartiality and integrity over the years has afforded the Association tremendous respect by a great many other organisations, not to mention foreign governments and their trade bodies, near and far.
It is at this juncture I feel we have evolved significantly to warrant a dramatic change for the Association and so it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to…The Global Sourcing Association (GSA).
As the name no doubt suggests, we are making this change due to the increasingly global nature of the industry and our leadership role within it, and the fact that our focus is now on all aspects of sourcing, not just outsourcing but also shared services, insourcing and most recently automation.
The Global Sourcing Association, which will be headquartered in Central London, is the industry association and professional body for the global sourcing industry, and home of the Global Sourcing Standard. Its overriding objective is the ongoing development and dissemination of the Standard and supporting portfolio of qualifications in order to improve the benefits from, and positive reputation and therefore size of the global sourcing industry. The GSA also serves to share best practice, trends and connections across the globe and to bring the global community together in a wholly interactive manner for the first time. The NOA will be the UK chapter: The Global Sourcing Association UK, also known as GSA-UK.
Coinciding with the rebrand we are also launching the latest incarnation of our lifecycle model and corporate accreditation programme, The Global Sourcing Standard, at our European Leadership Summit in Sofia, alongside the President of Bulgaria. I am delighted to announce that we have representation from no less than 20 countries on the Standards Advisory Group for this Standard, including China; Russia; Egypt; Bulgaria; India; South Africa; Poland; Germany and many more.