Driven by the desire to get more for every £1 of spend, we are a diverse team that have come together to deliver more. Employing a range of construction, procurement and IT expertise, we secure and manage sustainable, market leading prices and use those relationships to work with the supply chain to improve our communities through the provision of jobs and training. Having leveraged multi-million £ funding from organisations such as CiTB, we support those distant from the labour market into full time employment with training. The social value and impact, for the individual, their family, friends and the wider community, is transformational and makes our society better for us all.
Mike began his career with a national financial services provider, working at a senior level in sales and operations management. In 1999, he decided to give something back to the community and began working with Grosvenor Housing Association, helping the organisation to build social enterprises. It was one of these ventures which became the seminal project for what is now Procure Plus Holdings Limited.
Mike’s professional experiences during the past years with Procure Plus – focussing on socio and economic regeneration – has led to his working with Cabinet Office, Homes and Communities Agency and HM Treasury as an advisor and member of several task forces in this field.
Fiona has been part of the Procure Plus team since July 2008. Prior to this, she worked in the police public protection unit before making the move to public sector change management where all of her roles have since been partnership and multi-agency focused.
In 2013, Fiona became lead for Service Quality, a role that not only facilitates Corporate Social Responsibility across the organisation – as well as with its partner consortia- but also looks at continuous improvement and customer satisfaction across the business
Fiona is the lead on the ‘plus’ element of Procure Plus, meaning she is responsible for helping Registered Providers foster positive community relations in their neighbourhoods and manage their investment in community regeneration activities.
In addition to this, Fiona supports work readiness enterprises within the local communities, ensuring that those who are furthest from the labour market receive the necessary support to enable them to enter the workplace.
The development and integration within Procure Plus, of this ‘plus’ delivery model led to the business receiving the Queen’s Award for promoting opportunity in 2017.
Gwen joined Procure Plus in November 2008, working with clients to deliver Decent Homes projects. Since that time, the company has grown significantly, expanding the service offer, bringing in house supply chain management, operational support, procurement and systems development. Motivated by the desire to improve what we deliver, Gwen has fulfilled a number of key roles in delivering these changes and as Managing Director is now responsible for ensuring its continuing success.
With the real need for more homes at a cost people can afford, Gwen has recently led the development and now establishment of Osco Homes, a wholly owned subsidiary of Procure Plus that develops new housing sites. Bringing technology, design and a smart supply chain together, OSCO Homes is a turnkey developer for housing using its own high quality offsite assembled housing product, that is significantly cheaper than a traditional approach.
Denis joined Procure Plus in March 2019. Since then, the Procure Plus Group has grown significantly to a medium size group which has necessitated a doubling of the size of the finance team. Denis is responsible for the financial management of this diverse group that includes a Commercial Procurement business and a Charity.
Denis is an experienced senior finance professional with strong commercial skills. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with nearly 20-years PQE and has a history of delivering high levels of service to key stakeholders, external and internal customers.
Denis has a background in Audit & Corporate Finance before moving into working for two private equity backed organisations. Both organisations went through transactions during his periods of employment. Denis has strong financial modelling and big data analysis skills.
Simon enjoyed an extensive career at the John Lewis Partnership for 34 years in numerous senior roles including Managing Director of both London Flagship department stores – Peter Jones, Sloane Square and John Lewis, Oxford Street. Most latterly Simon held the post of Group Director of Communications, operating at Executive Director level.
Simon was Chairman of the Employee Ownership Association for 10 years, an influential organisation that works in close partnership with its members to champion, promote and provide insight into the business case for employee ownership. Simon now enjoys a portfolio career.
He is currently Chairman of Aquascot, a quality seafood processor based in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, a Director with Merchant Taylors’ Independent School in Crosby, a Member and Director of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, an Executive Coach with the Government inspired organisation, Be the Business and co founder of Eshe Honey, a beekeeping and artisan honey company.
Simon was born in Thailand, spending his early years in Central Africa before moving to live in the Cotswolds. He read Biology at Portsmouth University and has lived in North Liverpool with his husband and son since 2009. His interests include music, theatre, travelling, gardening, antiques and, of course, beekeeping!
Suzanne further developed her career by moving to the ALMO sector in 2007, working first as Director of Business Management at Six Town Housing in Bury and then moving to Stockport Homes as Head of Finance in 2011. She commenced work with The Guinness Partnership in September 2017 as Director of Finance for Guinness Property Services.
Suzanne is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in social and supported housing sectors. Suzanne trained and qualified with KPMG where her clients covered local government, health, housing and education. Suzanne left the practice to embark on a career in supported housing, initially as Director of Finance for a supported housing charity in Liverpool. Here she oversaw the financial transition of residential care models of support to supported tenancies for adults with learning disabilities.
Mary has 37 years experience of social housing, commencing as a trainee housing officer through to Managing Director of a stock transfer organisation and registered charity, working directly with a board of 15 trustees. She has a broad understanding and experience of working with a board to become an organisation which is open, transparent, accountable and high performing within its field. Mary has a range of skills to bring to the board including financial, governance, charitable law and business planning including risk, compliance and governance.
Bill is currently Director of Development at Sovini Housing Group. Bill is also Chair of the Board at Calico Homes. Bill’s experience of working in the social housing sector spanned over 45 years having worked in three local authorities in Merseyside and Cheshire, and 30 years with RP’s operating in the North West of England, mostly in operational, executive or non-executive Director roles.
Bill is passionate about providing quality homes and services and has been extremely fortunate in working in a sector that can make a tremendous difference to people’s lives in the present, but also an opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations.
Bryan works in senior management assessment and development, building leadership capability, employee engagement and organisational change.
With an earlier career in HR, Bryan progressed to board level roles in sales and marketing before moving into consultancy. A qualified leadership coach, Bryan is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Principal Practioner with the Association of Business Psychologists and has some 15 years NED/Trustee experience in housing and services to young people.
Bryan has extensive experience of working with teams in change and has worked across private, public and a wide range of not for profit organisations (charities, social enterprise businesses and housing associations) that deliver services for those most in need.
Currently Head of Procurement at Onward Homes, Andrew is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. He has over 18 years’ experience in public sector procurement, managing highly complex, high value and high risk spend with extensive knowledge of Public Contract Regulations.
Andrew has worked in a collaborative environment at both strategic and operational level, demonstrating successful leadership whilst working with different hierarchies of stakeholders. Committed to the strategic development of procurement, he continually strives for improvement and drives innovation.
Lorraine is an enthusiastic, committed professional with over 30 years’ experience working within the Construction and Housing Development sector. Currently responsible for the delivery of Your Housings construction programme and major projects. She has strong leadership qualities with a proven track record in delivery. She has a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. She is results driven, with a positive outlook and a clear focus on high quality and business profitability.
Group Director of Property at Together Housing, responsible for stock assessment and investment, building and people health and safety, compliance and repairs and maintenance. Angela is a member of the RICS with over 25 years’ experience working across the social housing sector.
Putting the customer at the heart of the service with a passion for developing people through training and coaching.
The purpose of Women and Manual Trades (WaMT) is to make women the norm rather than the exception within the construction industry. If you do too, then please get in touch with our dynamic team – we want to hear from you.
WaMT is a programme of not-for-profit company, Procure Plus. Having existed as a charity since 1975, WaMT became part of the Procure Plus family in 2018, as both organisations shared a commitment to seeing women achieve their potential within construction.
WaMT supports women who work in construction trades, or who want to work in construction trades. We also support and collaborate with a variety of construction industry employers and trade bodies.
OSCO Homes is a developer and contractor with a difference, regenerating and creating happy neighbourhoods. We believe, by working differently, we can make homes aspirational, affordable and bring opportunity to people outside of the construction sector. We strive to make our communities a better place for everyone to live in.