Our Team

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The best of the best in Procurement are here

At Barkers, put simply, we have the most talented team professionally qualified to the highest level.   

Senior members of our team are Chartered MCIPS, FCIPS or equivalently qualified with relevant Honours Degrees, MBAs and PhDs based on research completed in areas relevant to the advancement of procurement and commercial best practice 

Our senior delivery resources come from a background of industry leadership with hands on experience of leading and developing complex procurement and commercial teams. Our advice is based on years of hard-earned practical experience so you can be confident that the strategies and methodologies we recommend will hit your budget, timescales and objectives.

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Warren Kozera

Executive Director

Warren has over 20 years’ experience, 10 of which is at senior Director level, focusing on business management and client procurement transformation. His blended

background of global consultancy and procurement practitioner, enables him to bring practical experience to the services clients value.
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Jenny Draper

Managing Director

Jenny is an accomplished executive level leader with a proven track record in founding, leading and transforming organisations. Her functional expertise

spans overall company strategy/business performance analysis and improvement, strategic account management/development, product and sales strategy, partner strategy/leadership. Jenny is a veteran of technology and consulting services, encompassing spend management, procurement, supply chain, and related techs (ESG, Supply Chain Risk, transactional procurement/invoicing, Payments).
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Matthew Hardaker

Senior Delivery Director

Matthew has been in procurement for twenty years, working across financial services, logistics and most recently

management consultancy. Matthew joined Barkers in September 2021 and leads our Barkers Digital practice which sees us lead our clients through programmes of digital transformation and technology-enabled procurement.
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Rachel Freeman

Delivery Director

Rachel has over 20 years’ of experience within the Utility & IT Industry and specialises in Contractual negotiations, Legalities, Procurement and Contract

Management. She has negotiated many major deals and contracts to gain the right benefits for the customers/suppliers.
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Steve Bramhall

Senior Managing Consultant

Steve is an Indirects Procurement Director. Accomplished team leader, negotiator and high performance team builder.

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Adam Parry

Managing Consultant

Adam is a Procurement Specialist, with extensive corporate and project leadership experience and a proven ability to drive forward successful business strategies,

positive client engagement and robust, resilient stakeholder relationships. Excellent budgetary and financial oversight capabilities, advanced team leadership skills and a passionate, longstanding commitment for supporting positive change.
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Amy Burns

Managing Consultant

Amy has 20 years' of Payment, Procurement and Category Management experience predominantly gained within a regulatory utility procurement environment

working with multimillion pound contracts across both corporate and maintenance services.
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Dennis Stanley

Senior Managing Consultant

Dennis is a senior purchasing professional, with 30 years’ experience having worked across Aerospace, Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Telecoms and

Utilities. Specialising in technology sourcing, specifically in Software, SaaS, Business Applications, and IT Services. He is experienced in leading complex sourcing deals ranging from £0.25m - £100m.
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James Gaskin

Senior Managing Consultant

James is a natural team player, with excellent leadership skills. He has a proven track record of establishing relationships through strong interpersonal and

negotiation skills. James possesses the ability to inspire people; whilst still being able to adapt his approach in order to improve business performance. With particular experience of working inside complex organisational structures, he is highly motivated and inquisitive, whilst thriving on new challenges. He is keen to enhance his own and team members’ development and has a MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain, gaining a distinction in his dissertation which explored the value of sustainable procurement.
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Elian Simonini-Parker

Consultant

Elian is a first class chemistry graduate from Newcastle University with strong problem solving and critical analysis skills.

His work experience evidences his ability to provide good customer services through a range of verbal and communication skills.
Luke Benson

Luke Benson

Solutions Architect

Luke graduated from Newcastle University with first-class honours in a chemical engineering master’s degree and has a strong interest In Procurement and Supply

Chain. He joined Barkers in 2021 and is now client-facing, Coupa certified and has experience acting as PMO in Barker’s Digital Services.
Marcus Pendlebury

Marcus Pendlebury

Senior Managing Consultant

Marcus has over twenty-five years in procurement across the private and public sector. He specialises in understanding a

client’s business and required outcomes then developing a plan to deliver those outcomes in a timely manner, often exceeding requirements. Marcus has worked at many clients where return on investment (R.O.I) has been ten to thirty times the cost of engagement.
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Andrew Weatherby

Managing Consultant

Andrew is a Cost Manager & Construction Procurement Consultant with over 15 years experience working in Client, Consultant

and EPCM Organisations, both in the UK and abroad.
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Ruksar Din

Managing Consultant

Ruksar is an experienced procurement professional with over 7 years public sector experience in construction and infrastructure, environment, estates and

facilities and consultancy. She is a results orientated individual with experience in all areas of the procurement lifecycle.
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Peter Ressel

Senior Managing Consultant

Peter is a Senior Project Manager with over 20 years of experience, and a reputation for solid delivery across multiple business sectors including manufacturing, finance,

software and utilities. He is accustomed to working in highly regulated environments and able to utilise his experience of business transformation, operational efficiency and process automation to ensure delivery to client’s time, cost and quality expectations.
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James Adamson

Senior Managing Consultant

A leading professional with procurement and sourcing experience with a track record of project and programme delivery, procurement best practice, people

management, consulting, strategy and dealing with executive stakeholders.
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Blaise Walshe

Senior Managing Consultant

Blaise is a sourcing, vendor alliance management and category management expertise specialising in the area of scientific and R&D service vendors. He has

effective leadership, people management and positive influencing skills with a high level of cultural sensitivity.
Warren Ward

Warren Ward

Executive Director

Warren has over 20 years’ commercial experience, client and supply side, across multiple sectors. His skills lie in managed services, major deal negotiation, contract

management and performance remediation. Warren has a proven track record delivering exceptional client outcomes and bottom line benefit.
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Nathan Davies

Senior Delivery Director

Nathan has over 15 years of regulated and non-regulated procurement experience gained on multi-million pound contracts. Nathan is a highly effective Senior

Procurement Professional who specialises in taking a pragmatic approach to cost reduction and cost management through devising and implementing appropriate procurement, benchmarking and business strategies.
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Mark Elkington

Senior Delivery Director

Mark has over 35 years’ procurement experience with a profound specialisation in global technology. His deep knowledge and experience in IT Sourcing Strategy

Development, Business Partnering, Supplier Relationship Management and IT and Digital Procurement has supported multinational clients in successfully delivering software agreements, IT outsource deals and IT transformation programmes.
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Max Benton

Consultant

Max graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2022 with a first-class honours in Accounting and Finance, as well as completing a placement year in the

Procurement team of a global pharmaceutical company. Since joining Barkers, he has gained experience in Utilities, FMCG and Telecoms.
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Tom Baker

Senior Managing Consultant

Experienced Category Manager and Capital Contract Specialist with a demonstrable history of working across both public and private sector organisations including

Nuclear, Utilities and Government organisations. Skilled in strategic category and operational procurement, value delivery, commercial management and dispute resolution.
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Jyothi Hartley

Senior Managing Consultant

Jyothi delivers guidance to procurement and technology executives delivering Source-to-Pay transformation programmes. She has deep operational experience with

the core elements of sourcing, supplier contracts, supplier relationships, procure to pay operations and category management.
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Tony Houlihan

Managing Consultant

Tony is a commercially focused procurement and property professional. He has excellent stakeholder engagement skills and building effective relationships

quickly with the supply base.
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Connell Forbes

Consultant

Connell graduated from Loughborough University with an honours degree in Economics with Spanish. He completed a placement year in the UK & Ireland

Procurement team at a global pharmaceutical company, and also has experience in partnership and account management in the sports and eyewear industry.
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Stephen Bottomley

Solutions Architect

Coupa certified SME with 4 years’ experience managing the platform for multi-national organisations in a

Sox compliant environment. In addition, strong experience in process improvement and automation of the P2P process.
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Nadeem Bux

Senior Managing Consultant

Nadeem is a values driven, charismatic, commercial technology leader. He has client and supplier side experience gained from organisations such as HM Cabinet

Office, British American Tobacco, Shell and WPP. Nadeem is a team player whose values-based leadership instils confidence, directs and creates a positive team spirit to inspire mixed ability people in complex global matrix structures to achieve timely contributions and transformative outcomes.
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Phil Clark

Senior Managing Consultant

Phil has over 25 years experience in consulting and delivery of complex IT programmes, with a particular focus on Cloud deployment and Data Centre

commercial management, across multiple industries.
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Dean Hempstock

Senior Managing Consultant

Dean is an experienced senior level procurement specialist, proven strategist, negotiator, stakeholder, category and

supplier relationship manager covering capex, directs; indirects, FM & MRO working across the Utilities; Oil & Gas; Chemicals and Nuclear sectors.
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Ross Hodge

Senior Managing Consultant

Ross is experienced at leading complex IT bids across both the public and private sector. He has held senior commercial leadership roles covering all aspects of the

the buy and sell side of IT delivery. Experienced at negotiating £multi-billion contract with key vendors including AWS, SAP, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.
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Tom Lewers

Senior Managing Consultant

Tom is a a specialist in procurement transformation and change delivery, operating model development, and talent management matters. He has a deep level

of experience in leading strategic sourcing and supplier collaboration programmes. CPO and Programme Director and level of experience.
Luke Foster

Luke Foster

Solutions Architect

Luke has over 10 years of experience primarily focused on procurement analytics and the application of supporting systems. Working across a wide range of industries

and clients, Luke has developed strong analytical capabilities and has knowledge of a range of systems and tools.
Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

Senior Managing Consultant

Jeremy has quantity surveying and procurement with experience in aviation, telecommunications, water, wastewater, nuclear, gas, pharmaceutical, chemical and

oil industries. He has Excellent knowledge of public procurement regulations and knowledge of the NEC3 and NEC4 suite of contracts.

Our Operations Team

Jenny Naylor

Jenny Naylor

Business Manager

Jenny joined Barkers' social enterprise, LifeScape in the summer of 2019, having had previous experience of retail management. Jenny was promoted to her

current position of Business Manager at Barkers Commercial Services. Her role includes business administration, accounts and marketing, including website design.
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Kayleigh Delaney

Recruitment Manager

Kayleigh is an experienced Executive Search recruiter, helping growing businesses to find and secure

the best talent. She has worked in an International capacity, recruiting a wide variety of roles including Sales, Marketing, Operations, and R&D.
Christina Yardley

Christina Yardley

Marketing Manager

Christina has worked in marketing for 20 years having developed and implemented marketing strategies for organisations

across the third sector, higher education, business and tourism industries.
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