Lianne is an engineer by background with more than 30 years’ experience in the steel industry with British Steel, Corus and Tata Steel Europe in operational, technical and commercial roles. The senior leadership roles Lianne held whilst working in steel involved large transformational change, cultural management and customer focus programmes across Europe, involving many different sites and legal entities. Whilst Chief Procurement Officer she developed a category and regional management approach enabled by a “Journey to Procurement Excellence” More recently Lianne set her own company providing a business and technical consulting service; focussing on additive manufacturing, decarbonisation and setting up of new organisations. As Chief Executive Officer of BlueLight Commercial Lianne looks to develop a commercially focussed, “Go To”, agile organisation that is aligned to the Policing 2025 vision, driving Commercial excellence for the function, developing a full Commercial Lifecycle Model approach and provide innovative solutions to key issues such as supply chain risk.
Jo was the Director of Procurement for the forces of Yorkshire and Humber. She played a lead role in the establishment and implementation of the Regional Procurement Team there, transitioning and transforming four disparate transactional teams into one harmonised category management function. The Team was successful in attaining the CIPS Procurement Excellence Standard Award and scored as ‘Better’ against the Government Commercial Framework. She is also the Commercial Lead for the National Police Air Service (NPAS); established in 2012 to provide all police forces in England and Wales with air support. Jo supported the organisation to set up all elements of its commercial framework on a national basis, developing a clear procurement strategy. And she leads the national fleet category, working in partnership with colleagues from the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM). The associated £280m third-party spend incorporates all vehicles owned, leased, or hired by Police Fleet - including those services and goods needed to repair, maintain, modify, and keep vehicles safe, roadworthy and available for use.
Ruth joins BlueLight Commercial having previously served as the Head of Procurement for the Yorkshire and Humber police region, where she actively led on promoting the critical role that procurement plays in fostering meaningful collaboration with both internal and external partners to ensure the successful delivery of best value for each organisation and their wider communities. She has more than 17 years of experience within police procurement directing high-risk and high-value ICT and estates contracts including negotiations and dispute resolutions. Still actively engaged on the national Modern Slavery agenda, she will ensure a collaborative approach to the co-design and implementation of social value, supporting colleagues across policing with their approach and using their combined expertise to influence outcomes.
Sergio spent the first half of his professional life working for Unilever, Diageo and SC Johnson where he progressed through roles in sales, customer services, supply chain management and large-scale European change and transformations. Since 2005, the year he moved to the public sector, he has held several senior management and director roles for local authorities in London and the South East. He has been involved in various shared business and enabling services programmes - primarily focused on finance, HR, procurement, property and digital functions. Sergio has very recent experience of innovative and excellence-driven commercial operating models having spent the past two years as interim change and transition consultant for the Department for Education commercial directorate, supporting the design and implementation of their end-to-end commercial offer.
Previously, Stuart was the Head of Regional Procurement in the South West, providing strategic procurement services to Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police. He implemented and developed the regional procurement structure which went live in April 2012. He was also the chair of the National Police Procurement Executive for eight years, during which time he directly influenced and increased the level of procurement collaboration across policing, and moved the NPPE to a position where it became an effective delivery mechanism, with national procurement strategies being developed, reviewed and agreed through the board. In 2018 he was the Senior Responsible Officer for the Collaborative Law Enforcement Procurement Programme, reporting to the National Commercial Board. The programme agreed a three-year savings profile of £100m through improved and collaborative procurement.
Wayne's procurement career spans 30 years and started in the private sector working for global organisations in the airspace and packaging industries. He moved into the public sector 18 years ago and has held a number of senior procurement roles within Local Government leading on national, regional and local strategic procurement programmes. He is experienced in procurement transformation and developing new operating models - applying collaborative category and supplier management. Most recently he held the joint role of Head of Procurement and Contract Management for Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council.
Caroline joined BlueLight Commercial from the role of Business Manager for the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit. Having worked for Avon & Somerset Police for 27 years, mainly in investigative and specialist operations environments, Caroline brings significant experience in business and administration at a management level in policing. Those skills include budget management, recruitment and retention, estates and facilities management, human resources liaison and health and safety knowledge. She is a passionate advocate for wellbeing in the workplace and is a champion for diversity and inclusion. Coming from a regional policing background but aligned to a national network, Caroline understands the complex budgetary challenge policing faces - and the importance of collaborative working and of providing value for money for communities.
Stephanie is a solicitor with expertise in commercial contracts, procurement, commercial property, and police collaborations, together with a wealth of knowledge in general commercial matters specific to the policing environment. She has more than 12 years’ experience supporting a number of police forces in regard to various commercial matters - advising at the highest level on high value, high risk, critical contracts, acting as the lead lawyer on the procurement and delivery of numerous key policing contracts. She has provided in-depth strategic legal guidance and oversight in regard to the development of procurement contracts and processes, to enable the improvement of commercial standards within policing. She has successfully led on many significant and complex contractual disputes securing the best outcome for police forces, and in 2020 was a West Yorkshire Policing Awards finalist in the Award for Extraordinary Public Service category.
Claire has enjoyed a career of 20 years in a broad range of roles within the private and public sector, leading multi-cultural cross functional teams delivering change, capability and improvement. She worked within the procurement function of Tata Steel Europe as a Business Purchasing Manager and Category Analyst, delivering the P2P process and strategic activities across the UK and as the Capability and Improvement Manager, implementing the competency frameworks to support commercial skills development and career paths across Europe. More recently, within the HR function, Claire worked as a Talent Manager - ensuring key roles had a developed pipeline for succession; led the performance review cycle - ensuring objectives were delivered; and implemented career plans for identified future talent and leadership roles.
Julie started her procurement career with West Yorkshire Police in April 2000, where she obtained her MCIPS qualification. She later worked for South Yorkshire Police in the Regional Procurement Team in 2012 as a Strategic Category Manager responsible for the Policing, Corporate and Victim Services category. This covered a wide variety of projects such as apprenticeships, interpreting services, multi-functional devices, national driver offending schemes and services to support victims of crime. Her key areas of responsibility across the Yorkshire and Humber forces included healthcare in custody, and sexual assault referral centres - working in collaboration with NHS England to provide these critical services across the region - and forensic science services for the North East region, working with national colleagues to stabilise the marketplace and ensure continuity of supply to support the criminal justice system. Additionally, as Strategic Category Manager, Julie worked with the legal representatives from the Yorkshire and Humber forces to develop a standardised set of regional terms and conditions. She was also the Information Management SPOC within procurement working with regional representatives from the Yorkshire and Humber forces to develop collaborative working practices and templates that were adopted by the four forces.