Sandra Barrow

Head of Innovation Procurement, Department of Health 


Sandra is currently the Head of Innovation Procurement within the Procurement Investment & Commercial Division of the Department of Health (DH).  As well as contributing to procurement policy for the NHS, Sandra is involved in a number of key innovative projects including Small Business Research Initiative.

Her previous role was the Programme Lead for the Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) Technology Innovation Programme again within the DH. This allowed her to utilise her procurement skills but with an innovation focus in developing products and improving adoption as a key contributor to one of the Department of Health’s top priorities – reducing Healthcare Associated Infections.

Sandra is a purchasing professional by background and previously worked for the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. She has worked in the NHS procurement environment for over 20 years at trust level to national level.  Throughout her career Sandra has had responsibility for a diversity of categories including  Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Pressure Area Care, Surgical Instruments and Renal.   These roles have involved team management and responsibility for strategy and delivery.

Sandra is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies.


Terry Brewer

Divisional Director Commercial, Contracts and Procurement for the London Borough of Harrow

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Terry Brewer is the Divisional Director Commercial, Contracts and Procurement for the London Borough of Harrow.  His key responsibilities are to provide the leadership and management of commercial activity and procurement in the Borough.  Previously he was Chief Procurement Officer for the London Borough of Camden, overseeing the work of fourProcurement Hubs to deliver the procurement requirements of Directorates.

He currently Chairs the London Heads of Procurement Network and sits on the London Procurement Strategy Board.  He also represents London on the Local Government Association’s National Advisory Group for Procurement and is the national category procurement lead for ICT.

Prior to this Terry was the Chief Executive of Firebuy, the Government’s national procurement agency for the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). Before joining Firebuy, Terry was Head of Procurement at London Fire Brigade.

Terry is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and obtained an MBA with the Open University.


Mick Corti

Commercial & Business Development Director NHS London Procurement Partnership


A full member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Mick has successfully delivered global

and local procurement projects and programmes, often within multi-functional teams, in both the private and public sectors. His career has included senior procurement and commercial appointments with Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers, British Airways and Black & Decker. He has specific interest and experience of delivering procurement services within complex multi-client environments. He first joined LPP in 2009 to head up the professional services and agency staffing team, leading it to national success in the 2011 HSJ Procurement Awards, before being appointed to the role of Commercial and Business Development Director in November 2012.


Colin Cram 

PASS Consultant


As Creator and Director of leading edge joint (shared services) procurement organisations and collaborations for the past 30 years, Colin has been responsible for third party spends of up to £7bn a year. He was responsible throughout for initiating and implementing innovative strategies for procurement, shared services, outsourcings, tackling monopoly supply situations and cartels, trouble-shooting and organisational re-engineering.

Cash savings from his initiatives exceed £1bn pa. His breadth of experience of UK public sector procurement is unrivalled.

In 2010, Colin wrote the influential ‘Towards Tesco’ report on public sector procurement and outsourcing for the Institute of Directors. He has contributed to many reports by the National Audit Office and other bodies such as the Office of Fair Trading, New Local Government Network and the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.


Adrian Davies

Contracting Manager, Crescent Purchasing Consortium


Adrian has worked within the Further Education sector for over 20 years, of which 15 years have been within purchasing roles. Adrian is a professionally qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (MCIPS).  Having firstly worked within a Further Education College and then for Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC), he is fully versed with the demands and challenges of the sector. Adrian is the Contracting Manager for CPC, having responsibility for the consortium’s contracting team and contracting programme. He is also a member of CPC’s Senior Management Team, a demanding role in helping to grow and develop this exciting organisation.


Will Laing

Business Delivery Manager – Local Government, Crown Commercial Service


Will Laing is the Senior Relationship Manager for Local Government in Crown Commercial Service, leading a team of 5 staff responsible for working with Local Authorities on a regional basis to ensure each gets the best possible value from one of Europe’s largest procurement aggregators.

In 2012-13 Will worked on-site at LB Camden at the request of the London Procurement Strategy Board to project manage the introduction of collaborative category management in ICT across the 33 local authorities in London, a programme now extended nationally as part of LGA’s national procurement strategy for local government, and being delivered in partnership between CCS and the Pro 5 group.

Will has an extensive managerial background in large-scale procurement transformation projects across the public sector, having led several categories in the 2004 NHS Supply Chain Excellence programme, introduced the first national agreement for Agency Nurses in 2007, and in 2008-10 worked in leadership roles in the OGC’s collaborative category management in energy and fleet.

An MBA graduate of Manchester Business School, Will is married with two daughters and in his spare time enjoys football, cinema, playing guitar and writing songs.


Philip Margerison

Manager of the MoD’s Defence Suppliers Service


Phil is the Manager of the MoD’s Defence Suppliers Service, which is the MoD focal point for the provision of advice and guidance to companies interested in becoming UK defence suppliers. He is also responsible for the management of the contract with BiP Solutions Ltd for the provision of the MOD Defence Contracts Online (MOD DCO) portal, the MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin (MOD DCB) and the MOD DCO eNotice creation and submission service. He has several years experience in commercial policy dealing with the novation of contracts and company name change casework on behalf of the MoD and the provision of guidance on contractor insolvency and parent company indemnities. He has also worked in the contracts department of a major defence company, purchasing engines for the BAe 146 aircraft.

Paul Tomany

Managing Director – NWUPC Ltd







Paul has been the Managing Director of the Consortium since 1999 overseeing its transformation into a not for profit limited company in 2000. Before this Paul was a facilities manager in one of the NWUPC member universities, the financial controller of a heavy haulage company and a professional archaeologist. This varied experience in both public and private sectors and the exposure to the academic side of university life gives him an insight into how both purchasing and selling must operate the unique environment that is higher education. Using this experience over the past thirteen years Paul has worked with the NWUPC member institutions to increase the amount of contract expenditure undertaken via Consortium arrangements from £27m to over £150m. He feels that “understanding and working within the culture of universities is the most important skill needed to increase collaborative procurement in higher education.


Simon Hill 

Managing Director -YPO


Simon Hill has been the Managing Director of public sector buying organisation YPO since 2011. His previous career includes 6 years as Business Director of regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward and 20 years of commercial and procurement roles in the automotive manufacturing industry. This mix of private and public sector experience is ideally combined in his current role, delivering effective procurement solutions to public bodies through a commercially self-funded model.