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.
Professor Michael Brown, Independent Chair of Procure Plus, is also Chairman of the Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, a successful and innovative organisation, central to transforming health care in communities.
He retired as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 2011. Under his 11 years of leadership, LJMU had, uniquely in UK Higher Education, applied the European Excellence Model to the whole university as its leadership and management framework with great success and transformed all of its academic programmes so that its graduates received both a quality education AND high-level skills.
A brief career description would be: a research and academic staff post at Nottingham University; a Royal Society European Fellowship held at Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires in Grenoble; a Senior Lectureship at Loughborough University, followed by 30 years’ of commercial and senior management experience, including being General Manager of Loughborough Consultants Ltd.; Pro Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University; and CEO of LJMU.
He was the Independent Chair of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Chair of the Strategy and Performance Committee for Merseyside Objective One European Funding; the founding Chairman of Liverpool Science Park; Chairman of the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust (Everyman and Playhouse Theatres); and a Director of The Mersey Partnership. He has had substantial experience of working overseas, on both the commercial and government sectors.
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 44 years having worked in three local authorities in Merseyside and Cheshire, and 29 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.
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.