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Stephen Wills (FCIPS MBA)

International Senior Procurement & Supply Chain expert, Former CPO in Public & Private Business Sectors

United Kingdom


Stephen is a Procurement and Supply chain expert, with prestigious industry awards and deep experience. He is a university lecturer and an approved trainer with the CIPS professional body. During his career as a Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) he has worked with leaders in industry and commerce.

He has over 30 years' experience in the purchasing and supply profession, including Manufacturing, Logistics, Services and Events. As Vice President for AXA Financial, Head of Supply Chain at Aviva and the Olympic Games. Steve has won a number of industry awards including professional of the year and for the Global Procurement College recognised for outstanding people training and development by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Stephen holds an MBA in Strategic Procurement and is a Fellow and past Board member of CIPS. As a Group Procurement Director Stephen has a proven track record of success and acknowledged delivery. Transforming complex Purchasing & Supply Chain functions.

Stephen was instrumental in the success of contract negotiations at the Olympic Games reducing contracted value from £350m to £256m with subsequent clauses protecting Government and the tax payer.

Stephen has a proven track record that motivates and influences others and he uses these skills to assist businesses achieve outstanding results making business budgets go further and improving profitability.

He is committed to the development of people and combines his extensive knowledge with an in-depth understanding of business processes

Steve is a regular speaker at conferences and at corporate events speaking on a diverse range of topics including: Brexit, Sustainability, and Selling to procurement and the Future direction of the profession. He publishes articles and comments on Procurement, Supply chain and Purchasing and has led leadership debates.

Steve runs a Consultancy and Training Practice working with major public sector organisations and Corporates to implement best practice procurement.

Procurement Central provides solutions that remove costs from a business budget making them profitable and more efficient.

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