Meet our experts

Future Purchasing mobilise outstanding project teams of procurement consultants. They excel in shifting mind-sets, developing capability, engaging stakeholders and role modelling best practice. They understand the difference between training, mentoring and coaching and adopt a flexible approach to applying each technique.

All our consultants are adept at dealing with the challenges of embedding learning in large, complex organisations

The project team who works with you to develop your companies or organisations particular learning pathway will include tutors who will lea d the delivery. This cohesive approach ensures 360 visibility through the stages of design, delivery, and reflective feedback.

Leadership team

Mark Webb

22 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment:
Price Waterhouse, Mobil Oil and QP Group.

Education: BSc in Management Science and MSc in Business by Research, Aston University.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Managing Director.

Simon Brown

30 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: British Aerospace, British Airways, QP Group.

Education: MBA, London Business School, BA (Hons) Business Studies.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Director focusing on Category Management.

Mark Hubbard

30 years of procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: Positive Purchasing, QP group, BMW, South West Water, CITA, Rover, JCB.

Education: MBA, Plymouth, BSc Engineering Metallurgy.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Director focusing on Negotiation.

Mark Bassington

20 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: London Underground, British Energy, QP Group, PwC, Exult.

Education:  MCIPS, MBA Strategic Procurement Management, University of Birmingham.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Consulting & Delivery.

Expert team 

Les Anderson

26 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: CEGB, National Power, Railtrack and Vivendi.

Education:  BSc, Geology; MPhil in Strategic Purchasing & Supply, University of Bath.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Principal consultant in consulting and delivery.

Paul Downs

25 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment:  Reckitt & Colman, Tsumura & Company, QP Group and Concepts Plus.

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, International Affairs, The College of New Jersey.

Role in FP:  Principal consultant.

Mike Farnworth

35 years experience in corporate procurement consulting and training roles.

Previous employment: Kellogg Company of Great Britain, Shell UK Ltd, Rover Group Ltd, BMW Group, Collinson Grant Procurement Ltd, Xemptor Consulting Ltd.

Education:  MA (Hons) French & Business Studies, University of Edinburgh . MSc Engineering Business Management, University of Warwick.

Professional Member: MCIPS, MCMI, MIC.

Role in FP:  Principal Consultant.

Paul Haycock

17 years commercial experience, including 14 years procurement consulting.

PwC, TRW:
BSc in Computer & Management Sciences, University of Warwick.

Education: BSc in Computer & Management Sciences, University of Warwick.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant / Programme Manager.

Paul Lee

31 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment:  Legal & General, SmithKline Beecham.

Education:  MBA, Cranfield University. BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Economics, Newcastle University.

CIPS: Member and Council Member 2009-2012.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant.

Julie Linsdell

22 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment:
Hotpoint, GE Consult, Avnet, Smithkline Beecham, QP Group, Scotwork International.

Education:  BA in Clothing Design and Production Management.

Prince2: Practitioner.

Agile: Product Owner.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant.

John Matthews

31 years procurement experience in line management and consultancy.

Previous employment:  Ford, Black & Decker, Caradon Plc, LexPlc, ADR Purchasing Consultants Ltd.

Education:  BSc in Geography.

CIPS: Member.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant focusing on Competence Development and Category Mgmt / Strategic Sourcing.

Kevin Morgan

32 years of multi-disciplinary business experience, including extensive international procurement experience gained through consultancy and senior corporate procurement leadership roles.

Previous employment: QP Group, Ingersoll Rand, Burmah Castrol, BICC, B. Steel.

Education:  BSc in Production Engineering.

Professional: Chartered Engineer- C.Eng., Member of IET- MIET.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant.

James Sena

25 years experience in designing and delivering skills, management and organisational development programmes.

Previous employment: British Airways, Prudential Assurance, MaST International.

Education: MBA from University of Lancaster (focused on global, service organisations).

Role in FP: Senior Consultant.

Harry Smedding

Over 20 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment:
Vopak and Orange.

Education:  Mechanical Engineering & Technical Business Administration , State Polytechnic, Groningen, the Netherlands.

MCIPS: Qualified.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant.

Alison Smith

24 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: GEC Plessey Telecoms (GPT)’ University of Leeds, HBOS.

Education: BA Business Studies, Nottingham University. FCP (Frameworks for change Coaching Process) Facilitator and Coach.

MCIPS: Qualified.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant.

Claire Tapping

21 years of line procurement experience including Head of Global Procurement Operations and Head of IT & Digital Procurement.

Previous employment: Rolls-Royce plc (including Aerospace and Defence, Energy, Marine, Nuclear and Digital).

Education:  MSc Supply Chain Mgmt.

CIPS: Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply.

Role in FP: Principal Consultant.

David Thorpe

26 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment:  Caterpillar, Hoover, TI Group and QP Group.

Education:  BA (Hons) Business Studies, University of Brighton.

CIPS: Qualfied.

Role in FP:  Principal Consultant in Consulting & Delivery.

Kathrine Western

30 years’ procurement experience in leadership and consulting roles across direct and indirect spend.

Previous employment:  Nissan, Reckitt Benckiser and The Open University.

Education: French & German (Jt. Hons), Dunelm. INSEAD, Manager’s Programme. Also fluent in Spanish.

CPIM: Qualified in Production and Inventory Management (APICS)

Role in FP:  Principal Consultant.