Andrew Rudd

PASS Consultant and former Chief Operating Officer, NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

Andrew Rudd has 30 years experience of procurement in the UK public sector in healthcare, Department of Health and NHS. This experience includes working at local, regional and national levels in the NHS and within the Department of Health where he worked with many other departments of government on various public sector procurement initiatives.

Immediately prior to his move from the Department of Health Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency one of the largest procurement organisations in the UK public sector with a contract coverage of £3.6bn.

Andrew has an MBA in strategic procurement from the University of Birmingham, he is a member of the Chartered of Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Prince2 project manager

Duncan Eaton

Executive Advisor to the Associate Parliamentary Health Group

Duncan is currently Chairman, Kimal Holdings plc, Executive Advisor to the Associate Parliamentary Health Group and is a non-executive director and advisor to several healthcare and public sector related companies and organisations. He is also an advisor to the Health Care Supply Association.

Previously, he had a 40-year career in NHS and civil service management. Duncan established and was Chief Executive of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency from 2000 to 2006, which was responsible for providing national level purchasing and strategic procurement direction to the NHS in England.

From 1992 to 2000 he was Chief Executive, Bedfordshire Health Authority. He is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Health Care Supply Association.

He holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Bath.

Glen Hodgson

Head of Healthcare, GS1

Glen joined GS1 UK in late 2014 as Head of Healthcare.

He is charged with supporting the NHS and the healthcare industry to deliver greater efficiency and a more robust approach to patient safety.

Glen is a highly accomplished senior executive, with over 15 years of national and international experience.

He has served at board level in a variety of operational and commercial roles within complex organisational structures inside the pharmaceutical/ healthcare arena with particular interest in caring for patients outside the hospital setting and rare diseases.

His previous work experience includes:

  • 2012-2014: Business Unit Director – Haemophilia, Plasma Proteins & Vaccines, Baxter International
  • 2008-2012: Growth Director, UK & Ireland, Baxter International
  • 2006-2008: Customer Operations Director, UK, Baxter International
  • 2004-2006: General Manager, Europharma Nordic
  • 1999-2004: Various roles including Head of European Business Development, Healthcare Logistics

Chris Calkin

Senior Consultant, IMD Consultancy

Chris is currently Senior Consultant at IMD Consultancy and Director of their Service Line Management Programme.

Chris worked in the NHS for 38 years, holding senior positions in Finance & Information and General Management, the last 20 years at Board level. Unusually for a Director of Finance, Chris’s previous experience included over five years as a Unit General Manager, which gave him a depth of understanding of the strategic and operational issues facing NHS organisations.

Immediately prior to joining IMD Chris was Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. He led the implementation of Service Line Management and Service Line Reporting. Chris has also had a significant role in the development of partnership and networking acute services in Staffordshire and Consultant Job Planning.

Chris is a regular national speaker and commentator on NHS Finance topics, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was Chair of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HfMA) in 2008. He continues to work with HfMA, chairs their Policy Forum and is HfMA’s National Media Officer.


David Lawson

Chief Procurement Officer, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Following previous roles at the Department of Social Security and Department of Environment, David joined Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospital in 2001 and was made head of procurement later the same year.  David has a strong interest in Supply Chain Management and developing Supply Chain capability within hospitals.  In 2009 the procurement team won the European Supply Chain Excellence Award for Supply Chain Innovation for introducing an off site consolidation and just-in-time supply chain model.  In the following year David led the deployment of a fully automated inventory management system across the hospital from Ward to Theatre and across clinical supply and medicines.

Philip Spicer

Associate Director of Procurement , NHS Commercial Solutions

Philip has over 25 years’ experience in procurement in a variety of roles, and joined NHS Commercial Solutions in 2008. Philip has 15 years procurement experience within private healthcare and has also worked in a procurement role in the finance sector.

 Philip leads the Support Services team at NHS Commercial Solutions and is responsible for a wide range of projects including non-urgent patient transport, building maintenance and minor works, PC hardware, patient communication devices, analysis reconciliation, power saving devices, waste and telecoms solutions. Philip has also set up the construction consultancy framework.  He is experienced in setting up standardisation programmes for medical equipment and consumables, maintenance and service contracts and has been responsible for a number of multi-million pound contracts.

He has specialised in the purchase of diagnostic imaging equipment and the integration of a full Managed Equipment Service as well as the installation of PACS and CR. He has previously worked on procurement projects such as new build hospitals and hospital refurbishments within the private sector.


Mark Hart

Trading Director, NHS Supply Chain

In his current role as Procurement Director of Specialist Categories, Mark has led significant business change focussing on the national NHS savings agenda, business approval processes and leading global sourcing. He is leading NHS Supply Chain in their role of national provider for operating a single national approach for purchasing and supplying £500m of high cost devices, as appointed by NHS England. It is expected this new approach will see savings of over £60 million reinvested into specialist care in its first two years.

As a senior manager, Mark brings with him significant commercial and operating experience, delivering results within the healthcare and retail sector, with additional broad corporate and PE sector experience at Director Level over a period exceeding 30 years. With significant experience delivering global sourcing strategies within APAC, MEA and the USA, built up over a sixteen year period, Mark is driven by business development opportunities within team environments and currently relishing the experiences at NHS Supply Chain.

Louise Hillcoat

Supplier Stakeholder Manager, NHS Business Services Authority

Louise Hillcoat is Supplier Stakeholder Manager for NHS Business Services Authority and manages the NHS Supplier Board and London Customer Board. She joined the NHSBSA when governance of the NHS Customer and Supplier Boards transferred in early 2016. She spent the previous five years at NHS Supply Chain building the Supplier Relationship Management Programme and SRM Systems, which now inform the NHS and DH Supplier Engagement programmes.

Prior to joining NHS Supply Chain, Louise ran a successful Business Development and Tender Response Management consultancy, running projects for the MOD, Bupa and various international suppliers to UK markets.

Jane Platts

Strategic Account Manager - NHS, Crown Commercial Service

Jane is a Business Development Manager leading a regional customer relationship team for health within Crown Commercial Services. She joined CCS in May 2015 having previously worked in the private sector specialising in account and product management. Jane and her team work closely with the Department of Health and NHS trusts to help maximise commercial benefits across common goods and services by utilising CCS products and services.

A BEng graduate of Birmingham University, Jane enjoys football and music in her spare time in between spending time with her family