Dr Kath Ringwald

Dr Kathryn Ringwald
Director of The Procurement Best Practice Academy and Senior Lecturer
Email: kath.ringwald@southwales.ac.uk
Tel: 01443 482374
Key areas: Procurement, Public Sector, Buyer-Supply Relationship, Procurement strategy, Steel Industry, International Supply Chain Management


Kath is the Director of the Procurement Best Practice Academy and Senior Lecturer in International Supply Chain Management and Advanced Procurement. She also supervises PhD, DBA and Masters students.

Kath was awarded an MBA with Distinction from University of Glamorgan and a DBA from Birmingham City University. She is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to becoming an academic, Kath had a 20-year career as a Buyer and Supply Chain Manager in manufacturing and the public sector. For 11 years Kath was responsible for developing and managing Higher Education programmes in China for the University of Wales. She has worked extensively in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea and has undertaken consultancy projects for Chinese companies and UK companies wishing to do business in China. Kath is an active member of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association, The Academy of Management, The International Association for Chinese Management Research and the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Since 1999 Kath has been researching the nexus between public sector procurement and economic development. She has undertaken research on this subject for Welsh Development Agency, Newport City Council, Cardiff Council and Value Wales (Welsh Government). She has also lead ESF and ERDF projects relating to SME access to public sector supply chains. In 2009 Kath lead the research and was co-author of the ‘Barriers to Procurement Opportunity’ report for Value Wales which has since informed Welsh Government Policy. More recently Kath has led research into Low Value Advertising, Category Management and Procurement Competence Assessment.
Kath makes regular contributions to local and national media on a variety of business and current affairs issues. Kath’s current research interests include relationships management and social network analysis (particularly in a supply chain context), Innovative Procurement and various aspects of public sector procurement nationally and internationally.