Our Team in Australia

  • Chris Newman
    ArcBlue Director, Asia Pacific

    ArcBlue Director, Asia Pacific Chris Newman

    Chris has over 16 years’ experience in a wide range of senior management roles before joining ArcBlue. He has extensive experience in leading high skilled project teams through complex change and transformation projects. He has led major projects at ArcBlue, Procurement Development Programs across NSW, South Australian and Victorian Local Government and a range of Social Procurement and economic development projects across the country.

    Chris managed Procurement, Risk, OH&S and Community Development in senior Local Government roles before joining the Victorian State Government in 2008. In his role at the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development, Chris managed the North-west Metropolitan Team and developed and managed a broad Council Reform Project including the Procurement Excellence Program, leading all Victorian Councils through a dynamic sector-wide procurement improvement program. As part of this program, Chris managed the development of the Victorian Local Government Social Procurement Guidelines and the establishment of the subsequent Social Procurement Expert Support Program.

    Chris, who is co-founder and Director at ArcBlue Asia Pacific, is a highly skilled facilitator and program manager, who has presented on procurement development and transformation at conferences across Australia and New Zealand.

  • ArcBlue Director, Asia Pacific
    Daniel Fielding

    Daniel Fielding ArcBlue Director, Asia Pacific

    A graduate of University of Warwick business school (UK), Daniel is professionally qualified in procurement and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

    Daniel has held a variety of procurement roles over 20 years. He started his procurement career in a private sector blue chip organisation in the UK, fulfilling a number of procurement manager and project management roles culminating in contract management responsibility for global catering requirements for an international airline.  As a consultant has worked in a variety of industries including transport, State and Local Government, Construction, finance, IT/telecoms, and FMCG.

    Daniel has worked with over 100 Australian and New Zealand procurement organisations and has first-hand experience of what good practice looks like. 

    Daniel brings his extensive ‘hands-on’ experience as both a practitioner and a consultant to the training programs that he delivers. He specialises in the delivery of negotiation, category management, stakeholder management programs and change management programs. Daniel is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply to deliver Organisational Certification programs across Australia and New Zealand.

  • Regional Executive Manager, VIC
    Chris Hodgson

    Chris Hodgson Regional Executive Manager, VIC

    Chris is a professionally qualified practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in procurement and supply chain across the Financial Services, Energy, FMCG and Technology industries.

    His experience spans Direct and Indirect categories, across a wide range of industries, including Banking and Financial Services, FMCG, Oil and Gas, Retail, eCommerce and Technology.

    Chris has consistently met aggressive savings targets for global organisations with accountability for billion-dollar cost bases. He has delivered in fast-paced environments and tough economic conditions, and has a track record of building credibility with stakeholders at all levels.

    Before moving to Australia Chris held various Procurement and supply chain roles in the technology industry in the UK.

    He is a dynamic trainer and uses his vast, cross sector experience to draw on relevant and valuable real world examples for participants.

  • Regional Executive Manager, SA
    Steve Gillis

    Steve Gillis Regional Executive Manager, SA

    Steve Gillis is recognised for his leadership abilities and technical expertise in the areas of Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Change Management. 

    Steve applies a strong commercial focus and he moves strategy into implementation based on an extensive career in leading business transformation.  Highly regarded for his professional leadership and collaborative approach he partners with leadership teams to ensure their competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    With global commercial experience across NFP, Private and public sectors, Steve is skilled in Strategic Planning, Change Management, Organisational Redesign and Business Integration. His leadership experience includes leading a workforce in excess of 1500 FTE and commercial influences of $400m Operating and $600m annual Capital spend.

    Steve has led the transformation of Procurement from a transactional function to a strategic business unit across multiple sectors, creating new value and strategic advantage. This leadership enabled SA Water to adapt new capital procurement models in response to drought mitigation plans and the introduction of category management models to drive value in operating expenditure. 

    Steve has extensive expertise in operations outsourcing, low cost country sourcing, high level negotiations and also vast experience in Global Supply Chain and international logistics across Automotive and FMGC sectors in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, UK and USA.

    With a passion for business integration and organisational development, Steve undertakes management coaching with individuals to enable them to better manage complex change processes.

    A university qualified and experienced procurement professional with an extensive portfolio of formal procurement skills. 

  • Managing Consultant, Queensland
    Peter Brennand

    Peter Brennand Managing Consultant, Queensland

    Peter has deep senior level experience across diverse sectors including Mining, Construction, Oil & Gas, Public Transport, Bulk Materials Handling, and Higher Education.

    His expertise ranges from Procurement and Contracts to Inventory Control and Materials Management, with a specific interest in leveraging best practice to transform procurement and supply functions to generate best value for money outcomes.

    Peter has a strong track record of engaging stakeholders to support and embrace reform of procurement policy, processes and systems implementations. He has extensive project management skills including development and implementation of training programs.

    In his most recent role with the University of Tasmania, Peter established a University-wide Procurement function including creation of procurement policy, establishment  of a Category Management team, revision of the P2P process and implementation of a new eMarketplace procurement system.

  • Executive Manager - Capability, Asia Pacific
    Jacqui Priestly

    Jacqui Priestly Executive Manager - Capability, Asia Pacific

    Long term relationship management specialist, Jacqui Priestly offers 12 years search and selection experience - seven years specialising in recruitment of procurement professionals. Having worked with a diverse client portfolio, she brings a macro view of procurement structures, methodologies and deep knowledge of procurement capability.

    Since joining ArcBlue, Jacqui has led capability engagements, assessing the capability of procurement and contract management professionals and designing bespoke development programs.

    Jacqui has an extensive network of procurement professionals across the country and holds a seat on the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Australasia Victorian Regional Committee.

  • Executive Manager - Analytics, Asia Pacific
    Rob Holland

    Rob Holland Executive Manager - Analytics, Asia Pacific

    Rob is a graduate of mathematics from the University of Liverpool (UK) and holds a Masters in law from the University of Northumbria (UK).

    Rob has held a variety of procurement, strategy and process improvement roles for over 10 years. Rob’s procurement career began working as Head of Corporate Governance for a large non-governmental public body in the UK where he was responsible for providing procurement and contract management advice and delivering training.

    Rob has recent experience working with multiple Universities, Local Councils and State Government Departments as well as private sector companies in the facilities management, mining, aviation, retail and banking sectors.

    Rob brings his extensive consultancy, analytics and stakeholder engagement experience to the assignment and programs that he delivers. He specialises in spend analysis, workshop facilitation and process mapping, training, probity, procurement system implementation, contract management, stakeholder management programs and change management programs.

  • Managing Consultant, New South Wales
    Sarah Collins

    Sarah Collins Managing Consultant, New South Wales

    Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) in Manufacturing Management and has obtained her international professional procurement qualifications FCIPS, the highest grade of CIPS membership. She has over 20 years supply chain experience, the last 18 of those in procurement, across a range of direct and indirect categories within FMCG, Financial Services, Higher Education and Government.

    Sarah is formerly the Chief Procurement Officer at Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), part of the NSW Government’s Transport for NSW (TfNSW) cluster. There she led the development and implementation of leading practice procurement strategies, policies, systems and processes to increase the maturity and value delivery of procurement within the agency.


    In all roles Sarah has been accountable for multimillion to multibillion-dollar spend portfolios and has a track record of year-on-year savings delivery, building strong stakeholder relationships at all levels and strong influencing and change management skills, crucial for end-user adoption and long-term sustainability.

    Sarah is highly active in the Australian procurement community, having been a member of the NSW CIPS Committee since 2008 where she held the role of Chair from 2011-2014. She is passionate about developing future procurement professionals and provides advice and guest lecturing to the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (Sydney Business School) on their Contemporary Procurement unit. She is also a member of the Standards Australia Mirror Committee for the development and adoption of ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement. 

  • Senior Procurement Consultant, VIC
    Noel Irwin

    Noel Irwin Senior Procurement Consultant, VIC

    A graduate of University of New England and RMIT, Noel is professionally qualified in purchasing and materials management.

    Noel has held a variety of procurement and logistics roles over 32 years. He was a logistics officer in the Australian Army rising to the rank of major. He started his procurement career in a private sector blue chip heavy manufacturing organisation supporting manufacturing maintenance for a production factory, then operations Australia-wide.  He then went on to work in outsourced procurement rising from the senior procurement specialist to General Manager of the procurement consulting business, servicing major blue-chip companies, Federal Government and State government as well as smaller clients.

    Noel recently spent 5 ½ years in Local Government, and in this time he won two industry awards and took an active role in leading and developing procurement through industry body groups.

    Noel also works across systems sourcing and deployment in the procurement process including P2P and source to contract. He provides assistance in specification, sourcing, deployment, change management and training and is well-connected with many established and new systems available within Australia.

    Noel brings the ability to manage strategically and take a hands-on approach at all levels of procurement.  He engages from the coal-face purchase to strategic business planning and the ways procurement can assist in business strategy outcomes.  He provides engaging change management, mentoring and full end-to-end procurement management.

  • Senior Procurement Consultant, VIC
    Susy Jones

    Susy Jones Senior Procurement Consultant, VIC

    Susy is a government, funding and change management subject matter specialist with experience in complex communications environments working in and to local, state and federal government in policy, funding, service and program delivery.

    Susy brings direct experience having been engaged by ArcBlue Consulting to establish a funding implementation approach and foundation documents to support activation of the Trial’s funding-based sourcing strategy.

    In addition, she has extensive government funding experience having bid, designed and managed programs worth more than $120M. She also has a proven record in strategic management, having led the change management program for the Whole of Victorian Government Common Funding Agreement – a complex nation first cross-government transformation that involved 150 direct stakeholders across all departments and impacted $3.5B-plus funding, more than 400 programs and 7,500 individual funding agreements for services and projects.

  • Senior Procurement Consultant, NSW
    Michael Robinson

    Michael Robinson Senior Procurement Consultant, NSW

    Michael has vast Procurement experience that includes a number of roles at Local Government Procurement including Business Manager, Operations Manager and General Manager (9 months) where he was responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation, Company Secretary and managing a team of 30 Procurement professionals.  His experience includes 4 years as Procurement Coordinator with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council where he was responsible for all purchasing and tendering activity as well as Chairperson for the Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC) Procurement Alliance. Michael has experience in the manufacturing, hospitality, retail and local government sectors.

    In 2014 Michael completed a Diploma of Government (Procurement & Contracting) and has presented at many government and industry forums. In January 2016 Michael was awarded as a Fellow of the Australian Association of Procurement and Contract Management.  Michael has successfully completed the Probity Services Accreditation Course with the Resolution Institute (Combining LEADR & IAMA) and is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course and current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  Michael is a Justice of the Peace in and for the State of NSW.

    Prior to local government Michael worked as Trade Manager at Bunnings where he completed an Advanced Diploma of Management through Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and completed leadership training.

    Michael has extensive knowledge of council operations, Local Government Act and Regulations and in 2012 was the inaugural winner of the NSW Local Government Procurement Professional Award for the development of procurement processes for council.

  • Senior Procurement Consultant, VIC
    Tony Kerr

    Tony Kerr Senior Procurement Consultant, VIC

    A university qualified and experienced procurement professional with an extensive portfolio of formal procurement skills. 

    Tony brings a quality resume of professional experience to his role. He developed his skills at one of the world’s largest stadiums, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and subsequently gained State Government experience through working on one of the most unique and intense projects, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

    Tony has spent almost 9 years managing strategic and operational procurement activities at the City of Greater Geelong.  During his time there, Tony was recognised as a leading procurement professional within the Local Government industry and received the Procurement Australia “Individual Excellence in Procurement” Award for his work transforming Councils procurement operations into industry best practice. Tony received state-wide recognition for his leadership of a highly successful procurement change program that required significant stakeholder engagement skills to gain buy-in from staff and executive management.

    Since commencing with ArcBlue, Tony has taken the lead on ArcBlue’s large Local Government portfolio and has continued to build an extensive and diverse procurement portfolio. 

    Tony brings his experience and passion for best practice procurement and making a positive difference to organisations he works with. He has the ability to work across the full span of the procurement process from operational to strategic aspects and provides unique insight and practical knowledge into how a continuous improvement procurement focus has a positive impact on organisational performance.

  • Senior Procurement Consultant, QLD
    Keith Boyer

    Keith Boyer Senior Procurement Consultant, QLD

    Keith has 20 years experience across roles in public transport with the Queensland government, and delivering government contracted employment programs in the non‑profit sector. 

    His recent senior roles with the Queensland government have focused on passenger transport, the delivery of regulatory and contractual reform, and the design and delivery of strategic policy initiatives with attention to digital transformation and disruption.   

    Keith is a leader with a strategic outlook. With more than 13 years experience in developing high performing, agile and delivery focused teams across both government and non-profit sectors.  Every team and program of work is focused on outcomes with an eye to innovation and digital transformation to ensure forward focused and sustainable solutions to large and complex challenges.

    Keith specialises in relationship management, excelling in identifying, developing and maintaining quality and mutually beneficial relationships.  He bring his unique outlook to sensitive and politically charged environments and a capability to envision and explore future states to identify threats and opportunities that inform and shape strategic plans.

    He has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

  • Senior Managing Procurement Analyst
    Barry Ward

    Barry Ward Senior Managing Procurement Analyst

    Barry, a qualified Mechanical Engineer, has acquired excellent skills as a leader and mentor during over 20 years in a leading Information Technology service provider. Barry has built a reputation within the industry as an analytical guru whose business experience provides an ability to present data as business information.

    Tenaciously working to resolve problems, Barry applies exemplar technical skills together with solid methodical processes to deliver solutions to problems you might never have thought possible.

    Barry has extensive experiences in IT, mining, utilities, retail, recruitment services and manufacturing sectors and is ready for Barry to work together with your organisation and stakeholders to deliver tangible business benefits.

  • Senior Procurement Analyst
    Aaron Sobey

    Aaron Sobey Senior Procurement Analyst

    Aaron Sobey is a statistician with a background in procurement. He has a Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Statistics) and a Bachelor of Information Technology (Supercomputing and Artificial Intelligence).

    He has analysed and identified insights in a wide range of data sets from diverse industries.  Aaron has extensive experience in public sector procurement through 10 years of working with the Queensland Government Public sector.

    Aaron is an experienced analyst, having previously lead a team of data analysts in undertaking research and analysis in market and industry conditions, procurement development and best practice procurement. He provides detailed supply market, commodity and transactional analysis to inform procurement decision making and reporting.

    He is experienced in developing statistical models for predictive analysis, risk mitigation and opportunity analysis for a range of public and private sector clients.


    Aaron has a passion for data visualisation and data democratisation.  He specialises in identifying patterns and exceptions in big data and presenting this to clients in an intuitive and actionable manner.

  • Procurement Analytics & Visualisation
    Benjamin Blythe

    Benjamin Blythe Procurement Analytics & Visualisation

    Benjamin originally comes from a finance background and has worked in procurement for eight years, with a focus on analysis for the last four of these. He has worked for various multi-national private sector companies, primarily in technology, hospitality and manufacturing.

    He is an experienced procurement, logistics and financial analyst. Across 2013-14, Benjamin was deeply involved in projects that drove business-wide improvements through data analysis, transport network mapping, forecasting and cost-benefit studies.

    While focused on data analysis, Benjamin’s procurement experience ranges across supplier, category and contract management, as well as tender preparation and evaluation.

    Since joining ArcBlue, Benjamin has engaged with a wide variety of clients, but has been focused primarily on working with procurement data for local and state government bodies, utilities and not-for-profit organisations. He has been particularly heavily involved in the LEAP program, categorising and visualising data across 33 Victorian local councils.

    Benjamin is part of the ArcBlue analytics team, primarily concentrating on producing dashboards, cleansing client data, building tailored category structures and on other analytical projects.

  • Procurement Analytics & Visualisation
    Evan Clarence

    Evan Clarence Procurement Analytics & Visualisation

    Evan’s background includes over 8 years’ experience throughout the travel industry and across several consulting companies in Australia and abroad.  His experience includes the following:

    • Wholesale travel purchasing, contracting and supplier management.
    • Coupa eProcurement Enablement Lead within a large waste management company.
    • Go-to-market strategy projects in China and India.
      • This includes within the Financial Services and IT outsourcing industries. He relocated to both countries for several months for each project.

    Since joining ArcBlue, Evan primarily focusses on procurement data and spend analysis. This includes categorising, cleansing and creating dashboard visualisations for large data sets.

    He has completed the MBA at the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School) and holds a Bachelor of Business.  Evan also recently studied for a semester at Fudan University in Shanghai, where he completed courses on Doing Business in China and Chinese International Investment Law.

  • Procurement Analytics & Visualisation
    Martin Premachandra

    Martin Premachandra Procurement Analytics & Visualisation

    Martin Premachandra is an experienced procurement analyst with over 8 years’ experience in industries such as Telecommunication, Corporate services, Utilities, Retail and now working for ArcBlue.

    During his time working in procurement Martin has provided procurement analyst and virtual analyst support for projects involving: 

    • Spend management - analysis and best practice methodology
    • Supply market and industry analysis
    • Procurement Process Improvement
    • Preferred Basket Arrangements - opportunity analysis and benefits realisation
    • Savings and Benefits Measurement Methodologies
    • Preparation of Corporate Procurement Planning guidance material
    • Core Procurement Data measurement tool development 
    • Data visualisation
    • Large scale Data Cleansing and Categorisation and Procurement Capability and Performance Assessments for government agencies

    Martin's specialty is working closely with stakeholders and clients to clearly understand project requirements, and as such to produce results that fully realise targeted benefits and solve identified problems quickly and efficiently.

  • eLearning Designer and Developer
    Xylene Vengua

    Xylene Vengua eLearning Designer and Developer

    Multi-disciplinary designer with experience in concept development, digital marketing, print production, user interface design and corporate presentations. Regularly collaborates with project leaders, consultants, managers to transform ideas to design executions. Highly experienced working to develop creative executions that aligns with client’s brand and wider strategic goals.

    Before moving to Melbourne, Xylene worked in Singapore at a global consulting and training company developing brand compliant design marketing, interface designs for IT companies such as Google, Samsung, HP and Vodafone. Later moved to IBM working with consultants and project leaders to bring value driven creative executions for business proposals in finance, aviation and telecommunication sectors.

    Experience includes:

    • Directs idea generation and development for digital proposal executions that includes interactive pdfs, microsites and mobile app concept screens.
    • Enhance pitches and presentations for engagement teams.
    • Develops brand-compliant design solutions in the form of corporate presentations, digital and print collaterals, storyboards for eLearning and video.
    • Enhance e-learning training materials through creation of visuals and interactions

    Since joining ArcBlue, Xylene has worked closely on local government eLearning projects to design and develop modules that meets tailored online training needs. Executing ideas and concepts to enhance self-paced learning through collaboration with subject matter experts and project leaders to capture eLearning content and develop effective user interfaces, interactions and learning assessments.

  • Program and Collaboration Manager
    Keely Smith

    Keely Smith Program and Collaboration Manager

    Keely is a versatile and agile Program Manager with extensive experience managing large, complex programs of work.  She is a solution-orientated project manager whose expertise is running multiple concurrent projects across cross functional teams within global organisations.

    With over 8 years’ experience in Professional Services, Keely has worked with a diverse international client portfolio playing a proactive role in the development, management and delivery of milestones, risks, budgets and resources for a range of programs and projects.  Throughout her career Keely has relished the opportunity to form robust relationships with her internal and external stakeholders whilst overseeing and delivering programs of work that have led to strategic initiatives and positive commercial outcomes for her clients.

  • Training & Administration Coordinator
    Michelle Abreu

    Michelle Abreu Training & Administration Coordinator

    An experienced executive assistant and training coordinator, Michelle joined the ArcBlue team to provide high level training coordination to the ArcBlue APAC team.

    Utilising her impressive organisational skills she seamlessly manages the coordination of multiple complex training assignments around Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

    Michelle is responsible for the end to end coordination of all training courses in the Asia Pacific region. Liaising with both the client and supporting a team of experienced facilitators, Michelle assigns the most suited facilitator to meet the needs of the training requirement. Throughout the process Michelle is responsible for all logistics and training materials as well as pre and post assessments of training.

    As a point of contact for the training team and their partner organisations, Michelle is responsive, friendly and has extensive knowledge of the ArcBlue training calendar.  Her dedication to providing high quality customer service is evident in all of her dealings with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Marketing & Program Coordinator
    Caitlin McCauley

    Caitlin McCauley Marketing & Program Coordinator

Our team in New Zealand

  • Senior Consultant, New Zealand
    Dave Nellist

    Dave Nellist Senior Consultant, New Zealand

    Procurement and supply chain management have been the mainstay of Dave’s career for 30 years with multi-cultural exposure UK, Europe, South East Asia, and Australasia. He introduced progressive procurement change in both the private and public sectors, often with a need to navigate complexity across multiple sites. Dave worked for 12 years for Toyota's European manufacturing operation and has experience in other manufacturing industries, public health, and general insurance. 

    His wealth of experience has provided a range of practical tools, providing benefit to organisations, along with a flexible approach to applying them. He believes that business is still done by, and between people – procurement’s role remains fundamentally embedded through empathy and relationship management. 

    Dave is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and was a member of the CIPSA Australasian Procurement Awards judging panels in 2011, 2014 and 2015.  He has provided insight and thought leadership as a contributor to procurement media and through participation in industry forums.  He remains determined to improve the understanding and reach of procurement as a key management function critical to organisational success, knowing that good procurement practice really does make an important difference at both operational and macro-economic levels.

    At ArcBlue, Dave is leading a wide range of Government and private sector activity across New Zealand.

  • Regional Director, New Zealand
    Richard May

    Richard May Regional Director, New Zealand

    A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, Richard has over 30 years in both senior procurement roles and as a senior consultant. He has worked with public and private sector organisations, large and small, across the world including in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and across Asia.

    Currently located in New Zealand, he is involved in enabling many public sector entities to reposition their procurement process so that it makes a fundamentally different contribution to organisation objectives.

    Richard has a Chemical Engineering degree from Canterbury University, business qualifications from Swinburne and has extensive corporate functional experience in Manufacturing, Project, Technical, Business and Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

    As Purchasing Director for a major multinational in Asia Pacific, he is credited with leading the first ever successful across-Asia Pacific integration of the Procurement Process as a Key Business Process. His understanding of cross-cultural change management is widely respected. 

    Richard has recently been involved in procurement reform in public sector for New Zealand and has also assisted World Bank, Hong Kong Government and other jurisdictions. 

    Given his wide understanding of international supply markets and the quality outcomes when cross-functional procurement teams are utilised, Richard’s area of interest is in facilitating cross-functional, cross-cultural teams in difficult business supply issues to achieving outstanding results for their organisations and in the effective implementation of Procurement change programmes focused on developing the procurement process as a key business contributor.

Our Team in Asia

  • Director, Hong Kong
    Guy Wiffen

    Guy Wiffen Director, Hong Kong

    Guy has been working in specialist procurement search businesses since 2005, firstly in the UK and in Hong Kong for the past 5 years. He has successfully worked with clients all over Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific across almost every industry sector or commodity area.

    Guy and his team in Hong Kong deliver procurement transformation consulting projects as well as executive search, training & capability development services and ArcBlue analytics for a wide range of organisations.

  • Regional Director, SE Asia
    Adrian Gjurasic

    Adrian Gjurasic Regional Director, SE Asia

    Adrian is a strong, adaptable leader with a demonstrated history of transforming cultures and organisations, and creating shareholder value across multiple geographies and industries.

    A qualified procurement lawyer, Adrian brings a legal background to the development of procurement guidelines and procedures. His work with leading procurement brands of Cathay Pacific and Microsoft gives him a unique insight to apply private sector procurement principles to public sector frameworks. 

    As Procurement Attorney for Microsoft, Adrian delivered professional guidance regarding intellectual property issues, contracting, commercial negotiations, policy and procurement, reducing the company’s risk exposure and enhancing its value proposition.

  • Search Director, Singapore
    Russell Harrison

    Russell Harrison Search Director, Singapore

    Russell is a search and HR professional with over 13 years’ experience covering a number of industries and functions. Having built successful transactional recruitment desks in Facilities Management, Construction and Engineering, Russell moved into the Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics arena approximately 10 years ago. Since then he has develop long lasting and valuable relationships with customers which has allowed him to develop a true business partnering philosophy. With a strong network across the Asia Pacific region, Russell has developed strategic recruitment campaigns for his clients, successfully placed a plethora of senior and hard to fill roles, and continues to develop his clients value proposition as an employer.

    Russell has built large and successful recruitment teams in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Philippines, and has an attitude to recruitment that would be considered “best in class”. This is built around strong hiring practices, robust training and development and constant culture engagement with his teams. Now heading the ArcBlue Search business, Russell represents the core values of the business which strives towards capability development through search and assessment.

Our Team in Europe & MENA

  • Group Chief Executive
    Simon Steele

    Simon Steele Group Chief Executive

    Passionate about Procurement and raising the overall professionalism of the function, Simon is a pragmatist and strong advocate of 'first principals' thinking. He takes pride in encouraging procurement teams to constantly challenge their thinking and to work closely with stakeholders to help solve their business problems through effective service design and to deliver procurement outcomes which support their business drivers.

    Simon spent the first 10 years of his career in industry with British Airways, GlaxoSmithKline and Reuters. He has had exposure to procurement across most areas of the private and public sectors and has had the opportunity to live and work in Asia and North America, affording a global and wide perspective on Procurement. 

    In addition to Procurement and Supply Chain management, he has experience in Sales/Business development, Change management, Operations and Finance.

  • Director, EU / MENA
    Helen Ridgwick

    Helen Ridgwick Director, EU / MENA

    Experienced in Procurement, Sales and Sustainability in both the public and private sector and on an increasingly international level, Helen now focuses on delivering training and advisory/consultancy services.  She specialises in Sustainable & Responsible Procurement but also covers the full Procurement agenda, with a keen interest in the development of softer/behavioural skills.

    As Sustainability Manager for DHL’s contract with the NHS, (running NHS Supply Chain), Helen was responsible for both developing and implementing the company’s Sustainability Strategy. She focused this on the Environment, Climate Change, Communities and Natural Resources. Within the procurement field Helen embedded sustainable procurement within the current procurement processes and developed the NHS’s first Ethical Procurement Strategy which focused specifically on labour standards throughout their supply chains, working very closely with the Department of Health and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

  • Business Development Director
    Adam Johnson

    Adam Johnson Business Development Director

    A key focus on customer service, Adam Johnson has worked across a range of sectors, growing accounts and building relationships. 

    A true relationship expert, Adam seeks new and innovative ways to deliver upon account promises and to delight his customers. An active networker, Adam takes pride in his long-standing customer base – a testament to the service he delivers.

  • Partner and Member, Germany
    Robert Freidinger

    Robert Freidinger Partner and Member, Germany

  • General Manager, Turkey
    Faruk Demir

    Faruk Demir General Manager, Turkey