HEAD OF PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY
Tell us a bit about you
I’m originally from Cambridge, but took the giant leap to relocate the family to the North East just over five years ago. I have two children, aged 5 and 9, who keep us extremely busy! Outside of work I enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities including hill walking, surfing, snowboarding and in particular, cycling. I’ve recently completed a gruelling 113-mile cycling event around the Lake District and a few years back, ‘enjoyed’ a year-round commute into work on my bike. I also have a keen interest in photography.
Tell us a bit about your career
I studied Graphic Design at university and had a successful career designing for national and international clients such as IKEA, NEC and Toshiba. However, in a life-changing turn of events, I then decided to go travelling around the world for 12 months and, upon return, decided that I wanted a new challenge! That challenge led me to CACHE, where I originally started as a Print Manager but was encouraged to apply for the new role of Procurement Manager. This involved going back to school and studying for my Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) qualifications, whilst developing and embedding the new function within CACHE.
When CACHE was acquired by NCFE, I was able to establish procurement within NCFE, which didn’t have the function at the time. Over the last 5 years I have worked on a wide range of complex, transformational and high value procurement and supply projects, leading to my new role of Head of Procurement and Supply.
Initially, I fell into education with a chance opportunity at CACHE – but right from the outset I could see the purpose and mission was different to other organisations and sectors I’d worked in. My colleagues were passionate about the role and purpose of the organisation and wanted to make a difference.
Thankfully that same passion and commitment was also evident at NCFE and clearly must have had a deep impression on me to relocate and mark over 10 years of working in education. NCFE has changed a lot over the last 5 years, which means there is always a new challenge and an opportunity to learn, as well as the opportunity to now pass on that learning as part of a small team. Finally, it’s true that the people make an organisation great, and NCFE truly empowers people to make a difference.