Laura is a highly experienced, engaging and knowledgeable trainer & presenter based in Birmingham & specialises in the fields of Procurement, Negotiation, Body Language, and Influencing. With a background in public and private sector procurement, Laura has trained in excess of 2500+ professionals in these areas across the UK and globally for many multinational organisations.
Laura travels across the world to attend training with top industry experts in order to bring this knowledge back into her workshops for the benefit of our students Having received many accolades over the course of her career on her engaging style and innovative approaches to learning, Laura is immensely proud to be the first UK based certified trainer of the Science of People and is passionate about the scientific background of the theory she teaches in body language.
Barry Russell MCIPS
Barry’s distinguished & noteworthy career has been spent working overseeing the privatisation, cultural and change strategies, as well as the regeneration of the coal, steel, automotive, manufacturing and textiles industries.
Barry is passionate about Procurement and this shines through his training, he has also had 5 years’ experience as a lecturer for in Further Education involving the development of materials for lessons pertaining to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, external examinations and the delivery of several modules for Business Management Degrees.
Barry is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Institute for Learning (IFL), as well as being a UKAS Qualified Mechanical Technician.
Victoria Thompson MCIPS
Vickie is a passionate procurement professional working in the Aerospace, Security and Steel industries. Having started her early career in stock control and operations, Vickie could really see how buying it right is an organisation’s best chance to start every project off in the correct way and create the maximum opportunity to add value.
Vickie has over ten years’ experience working for different organisations in procurement roles, her last major role being a Purchasing Manager in a multinational, managing over €100M and an international team. Her key skills are project management, relationship management and negotiation.
Michael Keane – Legal Expert
Mike has been delivering CIPS courses for over 20 years, in addition to a range of graduate programmes within a higher education environment. Mike was also Chief Examiner for the CIPS Legal Aspects paper for 12 years and is presently the Principal Marker and Scrutineer for the PD6 Legal Aspects module. He has also contributed legal articles to the Supply Management magazine.
Mike has considerable experience delivering bespoke legal courses to a range of public and private clientele including blue chip companies. He also acts as Consultant to a number of businesses on a range of issues. His particular areas of interest include contract, employment and competition law.
Dave Dearing MCIPS
Dave has worked in the manufacturing industry for over twenty years in a range of management roles including purchasing, supply management and operations management.
Before moving into full time education, Dave gained experience working in both further educational colleges and universities delivering a wide range of professional and degree level courses. Dave is also a Principal Marker, Assessment Author and Senior Examiner and has gained many years’ experience both setting and marking exam papers for a range of exam boards.
Having achieved MCIPS and delivering CIPS programmes for over 20 years, Dave is a strong advocate of the professional support and adaptive teaching skills required, as well as the commitment needed to undertake these qualifications.
John Bellamy MCIPS
John is a procurement professional based near Liverpool with over fifteen years’ experience in multinational organisations across the Aerospace, Retail and Automotive sectors.
John has travelled extensively within procurement training roles, delivering procurement competencies to offshore procurement teams and implementing category strategies on a global scale.
In his capacity as a Champion for Business Ethics, John has extensive experience in adapting and delivering workshops that ensure teams develop an appreciation for sound business ethics, regardless of geographical location.
Jack Fielding MCIPS
MCIPS qualified, Purchasing Manager with over ten years Domestic and International Buying experience within the FMCG and Manufacturing sector. Most recently taken up the Purchasing Manager role within a well established leisure organisation responsible for over £20m worth of Engineering spend.
Experienced in commodity purchases as well as other aspects of direct and indirect procurement spend responsible for sourcing a number of services including HR and logistics services. Overseen a number of successful change management projects within each business which accumulated over £10m cost savings.
Key skills are Project and Contract Management and Continuous cost saving initiatives.
Janet Bridgwater – MSc MCIPS
Janet is an accomplished and result-oriented professional with more than 38 years’ of experience in controlling all aspects of Global procurement, supply chain management, purchasing, and business development whilst working for over 3 decades in both Private and Public sector Senior Procurement roles, giving her a wealth of hands on, operational and strategical experience.
Having been the Procurement Director for almost 10 years in her own Limited Consultancy business, Janet has vast experience in all the key topics covered in CIPS such as Supplier relationship, negotiation, ethics to name but a few.
Janet has lectured at Derby University and held training events for CIPS programmes. She has excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a recognised ability to lead, motivate, and empower students, colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
Janet is passionate about Purchasing and helping all her students pass their examinations in order to achieve their goals and progress in their career path. Lecturing and delivering the content in an understandable and meaningful manner is as a key skill of Janet’s. She has held her MCIPS for many years following which she proudly achieved her MSc Masters in Procurement at Glamorgan University. She is now working towards achieving her FCIPS the highest leadership award in CIPS.