Centre of Excellence, Procurement Training Experts

Meet the people who make our learners feel special.

SRSCC have been successfully delivering procurement qualifications, apprenticeships and training to organisations and their employees since 2007.

A Centre of Excellence with consistently high achievement rates in both CIPS qualification and Apprenticeships.  Strong employer relationships with continued repeat business and referrals.

Who we are

Since establishing the business in 2007 and opening the first study centre in 2009 in Preston, SRSCC has since added a further 8 study and 2 exam centres to its portfolio in England, which includes; Penrith, Preston, Manchester, Warrington, Birmingham, Sheffield, London, Leicester and Southampton. 
 
Our training is provided by classroom, virtual classroom, and our unique virtual learning environment (VLE) methods, therefore enabling our learners to have a blended learning approach if they wish. We at SRSCC pride ourselves on enabling our learners within their workplace, finding a new job, beginning, or furthering their career path by offering flexible, friendly, supportive, and professional training with outstanding results.  

FCIPS, CIPS & MCIPS Qualified Training Provider

All SR Supply Chain CIPS tutors are chosen specifically for their specialist skills and wealth of experience in the procurement and supply environment. Their skills are matched with the relevant CIPS unit to ensure the students receive the best possible training. Our tutors are fully MCIPS qualified, FCIPS, CIPS assessors and Chartered Procurement Professionals. Our tutors bring theory to life through session interaction, real life examples and practical application.

We have maximum class sizes to ensure quality. Lessons are interactive, and site visits are arranged with partnership companies to help cement learning, and see best practice application in the workplace.

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Our people

Our greatest asset, from our Customer Engagement Team, Operations and On-Boarding Team, Coaching and Mentoring Team, and our highly experienced Training Team.

Why choose us?

  • CIPS Centre of Excellence since 2014
  • Personal support from CIPS tutors the majority of which are CIPS Assessors
  • Rolling enrolment – start your training at a time that suits you, and/or your organisation
  • Organised and enthusiastic team
  • Quality assured

Our Clients

Our customers are UK and International, from a cross section of sectors such as public, private and third sector organisations. We cover a wide range of training across many industries including salts mines, NHS, manufacturing, energy, FMCG, construction, retail, healthcare, central and local government (Home Office to Local Councils).
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Read our latest case studies

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Susan Rashid

FCIPS PGCE CPSM MBA Chartered Procurement Professional

Managing Director

The founder, Susan Rashid, was born in the 1970′s in London and started her career in the automotive industry and rapidly progressed to Supply Chain Manager.

Moving to Lancashire over 20 years ago, Susan gained experience in both the private and public sector and has developed a wide skill base.  In industry, Susan has held a variety of positions including Office Manager, Material Controller, Project Manager, Buyer, Procurement Manager to MD. She operated internationally and has first-hand experience of JIT, Kaizen, Lean, Agile, Leagile and Total Quality Management approaches.  It was in this industry where her training career began. Her passion for procurement and training led to becoming a full-time lecturer of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualification ladder and member of the CIPS examination team. Her portfolio of delivery includes being Lead Tutor at the National School of Government, British Airways, GCHQ, Planning Inspectorate, Skills Funding Agency and many more.

In 2007 Susan established SR Supply Chain Consultants Limited, a Lancashire based training provider for the CIPS qualification ladder providing assessments and CPD throughout the UK. She is not only renowned for the professional and ethical manner in which she runs her business but also for the quality of course material, flexibility and supportive approach. Her drive and ethical business practices lead to becoming a finalist at the BIBAs (Be Inspired Business Awards) Business Women of the Year, finalists several times for NHS Excellence in Supply Awards in two categories and also E3 Skills Awards for Education and Training Business Award.

A strong passion for quality and continuous improvement has ensured the continued achievement of ISO9001, Cyber Essentials, Centre of Excellence Status and achieving supplier approval for Crown Commercial Services, NHS Shared Services, ESFA RoATP and others. 

Susan lives and breathes continuous improvement always looking to develop her learners, her business, her employees, and herself.  Already a qualified teacher holding Fellowship status of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, she continued her development and in 2019 achieved her MBA completing a dissertation on “The Relationship between Professional Qualification in Procurement and Job Satisfaction”.  She then went on in 2020 to achieve Chartered Procurement Professional Status. Susan’s team are representative of her ethos of quality, customer service and drive to succeed in providing quality training and CPD.

Susan dedicates much of her time researching the market, listening to customer requirements, and seeking new opportunities which has led to delivering L3 Procurement and Supply Assistant and L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship Standards.  She is heavily involved in the development of Procurement Pathways beyond these apprenticeships and is a key member of the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Board for L6.

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Greg Jackson

MCIPS MBA Chartered Procurement Professional

Director of Training

Greg graduated with a honours degrees from Lancaster University in 2005, since qualifying Greg has gone on to complete his MBA and become a a MCIPS Chartered Procurement Professional.

As a graduate, Greg started his procurement journey in local government, gaining experience across a number of both types of procurement and procurement disciplines.

Greg went on to take a positions in wholesale and distribution, here he gained substantial expertise in expediting, warehousing and logistics management, centralised procurement, own label procurement, category management and commodity buying.

As an experienced CIPS tutor and CIPS assessor Greg brings his expertise to the development of the SR course structures and materials, blending the academic knowledge and practical application of content to help learner not only pass exams but thrive in their continued professional development.

Greg is a student of procurement and education, striving to ensure that as an individual and a business, SR are pushing the boundaries of what is achievable, in both its content and delivery.

As our training director, Greg has a passion for the development of others and believes learning should be an experience, with sessions being as interactive and engaging as possible, a session with Greg is not easily forgotten.

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Sophie Forshaw

Operations Manager

Joining SRSCC in 2019 from Booths Sophie quickly settled into her role evaluating existing processes and analysing their effectiveness.  She spends her time developing and implementing new strategies to improve productivity and efficiency whilst ensuring continuous improvement and maintaining the highest quality of SRSCC products and services which are provided to the procurement supply chain market.

Sophie has an extensive background in providing excellent customer service in many different areas through refined processes, leading by example and training colleagues effectively.  Sophie is keen to develop her knowledge and skills further in quality and procurement to further enhance the SRSCC experience.

Sophie is known by her colleagues as a great manager but also for her obsession to create, implement and check compliance by conducting internal audits.

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Clare Towne

Sales and Business Development Manager

Clare’s role is front-of-house, joined SRSCC in June 2019 with responsibility for building and developing customer relations. Her position is aligned well to Clare’s considerable experience and skills and will support SRSCC’s internal team, ensuring that high quality and continuous improvement remain a priority.

Clare works with both existing and prospective clients and brings perspectives gleaned from a range of industries, including Furniture and Giftware wholesale, import/export, Brewery and Digital Marketing Software. Clare has extensive commercial experience in Sales, Team Management, Marketing, Administration and Customer Services, and is familiar with the challenges of supplying to public and private sector organisations.

Prior to joining SRSCC, Clare studied with SRSCC to achieve her CIPS Level 4 qualification therefore has an excellent understanding of SRSCC’s culture and approach to high standards, quality, and commitment. Clare plans to continue her CIPS studies in the future as she truly believes that learning is a lifelong activity.

Clare’s ability to bring together siloed teams, creating dynamic multifunctional groups will be invaluable in the growing organisation. A hand-on, pragmatic and problem-solving attitude are key to Clare’s success to date and her drive and dedication will be well suited to SRSCC’s ambitious plans. A natural leader, Clare is already expanding her team, developing relationships with SRSCC’s customers, and always looking to develop new business.

If you would like to get in touch with Clare, please call 01772 282555 or email clare.towne@srscc.co.uk

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Jade Rabezzana-Drake

MSc MCIPS

Apprenticeship Manager & Course Tutor

Jade Rabezzana-Drake was born in the late 1980’s in Lancashire and started her career in the Private sector. Working within the Scheduling department in the Aerospace industry Jade gained vital skills in supplier management & made frequent supplier visits to France.

After 4 years of working in this industry & one year of level 4 CIPS studies under her belt Jade desired to progress further and embarked on a new adventure working for the largest dental corporate company in Europe known as {my} dentist.

Jade joined {my} dentist as a Buyer looking after a wide range of direct and indirect categories and continued her CIPS level 5 & 6 studies with SR Supply Chain Consultants Ltd which she successfully completed and achieved MCIPS status in 2014. In early 2014 Jade’s role was also developed where she began looking after more high profile spend categories and started a management position which involved looking after the wider Procurement team.  Jade has experience of working on high level business projects, contingency planning, risk mitigation & supply chain due diligence.

Further to completing the CIPS qualification Jade then went on to do her master’s degree in Procurement through the University of South Wales achieving an overall distinction – Jade’s final dissertation subject was ‘Effects of Vertical Integration on Stakeholders’.

Jade thoroughly enjoys developing people & being in a learning environment which soon resulted in Jade joining the SR Supply Chain Consultants Ltd team on a self-employed basis in September 2016 tutoring across all levels & units whilst continuing to grow further in her role at {my} dentist. After 2 years of delivering training with fantastic results, Jade joined SR Supply Chain Consultants Ltd on a full-time basis taking the position as Apprenticeship Manager & Course Tutor.

In June 2020 Jade successfully achieved The Status of Chartered Procurement & Supply Professional.

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Paul Jackson

CIPS Trainer

Paul Jackson is a Procurement and Supply Chain Consultant and Trainer with over twenty years of experience across a wider range of markets and industries.

Paul graduated from Aston University in 1992, later obtaining MCIPS, becoming a green-belt Six-Sigma and securing Prince-2 project management accreditation, and he is currently finalising his Doctoral dissertation on Sustainable Design concepts.

Paul started his career as a stockbroker, later moving into electrical wholesaling and then International Telecommunications as Procurement and Supply Chain Director for TeliaSonera International Carrier.   In 2005 he left to start his own Procurement and Supply Chain consultancy business, later honing his skills to deliver training as well as consultancy to a broad number of international organisations in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.   Aside from his core business, he managed the sales and service activities of an American aviation supplier in Europe from 2009 until 2016.

During his work with TeliaSonera following the Dot.Com collapse, Paul focussed heavily of cost reduction and consolidation programmes, managing a large number of datacentre and property transactions, landlord negotiations, and lease terminations.

Following the start of his business, Paul has undertaken a wider range of assignments including a 4 year project with BAE Systems out-sourcing and implementing military repair contracts for the RAF, a role which required National Security Clearance.

Paul’s approach to training utilises both his knowledge of the material, and his wider experience in applying such methods and techniques.   He endeavours to use said experiences to underpin and develop student understanding, making procurement “feel real”.

Paul is an experienced business manager.   Paul has also managed multiple projects, been a category manager, a salesman and a service manager during his colourful career giving him a plethora of evidence and experience to support his training activities.

Paul is an experienced overseas operator and has undertaken projects in many diverse locations such as Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Indonesia, USA, China and Saudi Arabia amongst others.   He works well in teams both as a team leader and team member, he has a coaching philosophy to HR issues, is a good communicator and delivers consistently to target.

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Gary Tinsley

FCIPS

CIPS Trainer

Gary has over 30 years of experience in the field of Sourcing, Supplier and Supply Chain Management across both the Public and Private Sectors and internationally.

Following an initial 7 years in the Public Sector, Gary held Director roles in two very large UK Companies, initially as Purchasing Director and then Group Purchasing Chairman. From here Gary held the role of Buying & Merchandising Director for a large UK Education Mail Order business, with responsibility for the departments of Buying, Inventory Management, Direct Supply, Supply Chain Development and Quality, managing approximately 120 employees and over 20,000 SKU’s from a UK and global supply base.

Latterly since 2012 in a training and consultancy role Gary has delivered extensive training, coaching and additional consultancy procurement services, both in the UK and internationally, to recognized customers such as Lloyds Banking Group, CocaCola and NHS Supply Chain to name a few. Additionally, Gary has delivered training in the UAE Region quite extensively in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Internationally, Gary has a wealth of global sourcing experience, from the very exacting requirements of the Automotive sector to the variable and price sensitive Mail Order retail environment. In a procurement role Gary has operated globally in India, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, USA, and all over Europe. Additionally in a training and consultancy capacity Gary has delivered training throughout Europe in many varying countries and sectors.

Gary is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, (FCIPS) and has delivered courses directly on behalf of CIPS on a global basis to various types of organisation’s, across many business sectors, from Negotiation training with NATO to commercial training with Coca-Cola.

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Lisa Barton

CIPS Trainer

Lisa is a professional trainer in the fields of sourcing, negotiation and supplier relationship management.

With 23+ years Indirect Purchasing experience she has led and managed direct and virtual teams in the following sectors: retail, FM; aviation; construction (OJEU); consultancy and manufacturing. She also has experience in Oil & Gas. With clients ranging from both public and private sectors, Lisa has inspired and motivated others to become the best they can be, through active listening skills and effective communication. Lisa has earned a reputation for having an engaging and enthusiastic way of delivering the key messages required from course content. Lisa acts with great integrity, is supportive of others and been told she is fun to work with. Lisa loves spending time at her home by the sea and cherishes every moment of her spare time.

Lisa has comprehensive experience in delivery of training, for example

• Category Management
• Negotiation skills training
• Supplier Relationship Management
• Facilitated strategy creation workshops for Procurement Leadership teams
• Coached Client teams and individuals for major negotiation events
• Responsible for leading, coaching, challenging and supporting stakeholders to develop and implement robust category strategies, performance metrics and measure savings
• Governed the Indirect Purchasing expenditure of c£1.1bn for GNFR vendors

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Alison Simpson

BA(Hons) MCIPS Chartered Procurement Professional

CIPS and EPA Trainer

With over 30 years procurement practitioner experience,  Alison is passionate about helping new people achieve success in the profession that she loves.

Alison started her career working for a number of well-known private sector organisations where she developed her skills across a wide range of categories including IT, FM and construction. She later moved into the public sector working in a number of senior procurement roles and even spending time as a consultant helping other organisations achieve the best from their procurement activities. 

At this time Alison felt she wanted to share her knowledge and experience with others so whilst working full-time as a Procurement Manager within local Government she studied to obtain qualifications to teach post compulsory education.  Once qualified in 2007, she began delivering courses for the CIPS qualifications across the country.  

It was at this time too when Alison first signed up with CIPS as an assessor on their qualification programme and since then has worked with then in a number of roles including being an elected representative for the North of England on CIPS congress.

After having worked with SR Supply Chain Consultants in her free time previously, Alison became a full-time tutor for us in January 2020.  She delivers a range of the CIPS syllabus to both large and small groups across the whole of the UK and has been instrumental in helping many students achieve success at all levels.

Alison enjoys teaching areas linked to relationships, leadership and the development of strategy but as her background has been so varied she is equally comfortable with the more practical hands-on subjects related to contracting and asset management.  She is supportive and friendly, engaging her students through the use of examples from her experience that make it easier for them to apply to theory to real-life situations.

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Simon Abram

Course Mentor And Functional Skills Tutor

Simon joined SR Supply Chain Consultants in September 2019 as the Course Mentor and Functional Skills Tutor.

Simon became a tutor because he wanted to pass on and make use of the skills he learnt in industry. Being a key part of the learning process of others and watching them grow into their job roles and careers is a rewarding factor which motivates Simon and inspires him every day.

Simon is an organised, hardworking individual who believes that it is important to build rapport with the learners he’s supporting. Rapport puts them at ease, improves their confidence and removes any barriers to their learning.

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Rachelle Quinton

MCIPS

CIPS Trainer and Consultant

Rachelle started her career working in the Aerospace industry, gaining a good grounding in raw material and component procurement, with a client list including Airbus UK, BAE Systems and Agusta Westland.

After a spell working within the Quality function for City & Guilds, a global leader in training and skills development, she returned to the world of purchasing, this time in the broader engineering industry.  Since then she has worked on several major projects, globally procuring a range of major capital equipment and bespoke engineering components for blue-chip clients such as Centrica, E.ON and Total as well as a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemicals.

More recently, Rachelle has developed cross-functional team performances, promoting the role of procurement in successful project delivery.  Her passion for ensuring the right processes are implemented and adhered to resulted in her being asked to act as Interim Head of Supply Chain for Costain, a major UK construction and engineering firm, focussing on the Oil, Gas and Nuclear sectors.

Rachelle takes a pragmatic approach to both work and learning, and is always open to new ideas including looking at alternative ways to improve original ideas.  She is keen to guide and inspire others to develop, grow and step outside their own boundaries, whilst always developing her own skills and experience in the process.

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Katie James

Administrator

Straight from high school Katie went into the world of work, where she worked in a well-known salon for four years. During this time Katie also attended college where she gained her level 3 for Bridal and Gents hair styling.

After working as a stylist Katie fell into the role of receptionist, where she found she enjoyed this kind of work. To develop her receptionist skills, she moved into a private health care company where she quickly developed to head receptionist. During this time Katie had to train other receptionist.

Katie joined the SRSCC team in 2019 as Administrator and her role has quickly expanded to include  supporting the Finance Team.  Keen to develop herself further Katie has attended college to study EDCEL and AAT level 1 and achieved passes in both. Katie now plans to continue her AAT studies.

Katie’s colleagues describe her as fun, friendly, conscientious, and determined.

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Jordan Mackreal

Administrator

Jordan attended Preston College in 2013 and completed his Business Studies in 2014. Wanting to get straight to work Jordan undertook his first full time role at Batley’s Cash and Carry where he worked for 4 years.

Being keen to utilise his Busines Studies qualification further Jordan embarked on a Business Administrator position at SRSCC.  His eagerness, passion and drive meant that he adapted quickly to the role and new business environment. His success in this role very quickly led to him promoted to the role of Operational Support where he interacts with internal and external stakeholders daily ensuring that day-day activities run smoothly.

Jordan is well known by colleagues and customers for his friendly nature, eagerness to help others and determination to improve quality.

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Jean Parry

Business Development Administrator

Joining SRSCC in November 2016, Jean has developed from Business Development Administrator to Finance Officer who is now responsible for purchase ledger, Apprenticeship funding and venue management.

Jean has a wealth of Customer Service and Sales Administrator experience beginning with her roles with the Littlewoods catalogue company in her hometown of Liverpool where she held several administrator, supervisory and junior Management positions within the organisation before being made redundant. 

Since then, Jean has held differing administrator roles in various types of businesses.  These include a soft furnishings supplier and a whiteboard manufacturer.  Jean has expanded her knowledge and experience to include managing a call centre and purchasing responsibility for an International soft toy company and a European whiteboard manufacturer.

Always eager to add to her skills, Jean has helped organise trade fairs and took on the role of PA to the General Manager.  Advanced Adobe Photoshop was the next qualification gained which came in very handy producing playbook pages to assist the Sales Team.

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Kevin Keigher

Principal Marker

Kevin Keigher is the Principal Marker (previously Senior Examiner) for the level 5, Management in procurement and supply module for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

He is an experienced manager and trainer who has worked in many sectors including Banking, the Food Processing sector, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure, and Advertising until the mid-1990s.

In 1995, Kevin embarked on a career within education, training and consultancy and has worked with a whole range of clients to improve company performance, enter new markets, equip managers and staff with new skills and implement best practices in business development and procurement.

He has also run a number of successful small businesses and over the last ten years has run his own training and consultancy company.

During his career, he has fulfilled many roles including Team Leader, Sales Executive, In-Company Training Manager, CIPS Programme Leader, Business Development Manager, Senior Examiner and Chief Executive Officer.

He has worked with many clients including the NHS, BAE Systems, MoD, Jaguar Land Rover, Scottish Enterprise, Boots, Raleigh, Baxi, Defra, Derbyshire County Council, Leicester City Council and Trent and Dove Housing.

Kevin is an award-winning professional who has run short courses to accredited professional programmes. He has a unique, friendly and fun style but always delivers to agreed training objectives.

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Fiona Walker

Functional Skills & Course Mentor

Fiona Joined SR Supply chain consultants in August 2020 as a Functional Skills Assistant and Course Mentor.

Fiona wanted to become a course mentor as she is passionate about learning and self-development.

Yorkshire born and bred, Fiona is very down to earth and approachable. Having worked across a variety of community settings with children, young people and adults Fiona aims to instill passion, enthusiasm, and confidence in everyone she works with.

Previously Fiona has taught life skills for adults with learning disabilities, tutored a level 2 understanding autism course, coached and facilitated horse riding and management lessons and she has also been involved with the arts and community-based dance classes.

More recently Fiona has taught mindfulness meditation including self-development as part of a wellness coaching role.

Fiona is organised, supportive, compassionate, and always has a smile on her face.

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Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

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Declan Hemingway

Sales and Business Development Assistant

Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.