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.

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.

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
  • All tutors are MCIPS Chartered and have a vast array of procurement experience across various sectors
  • Flexible payment options
  • Successful track record with above national average results
  • Funding opportunities
  • Fantastic locations and facilities
  • GDPR compliant

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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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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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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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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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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Simon Abram

Apprenticeship Manager

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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Laura Killeen

Course Mentor

Laura graduated from Uclan University in 2019 achieving a first BA (hons) in Events and International Tourism, she has always had a keen interest for business studies and customer service after competing her Level 3 Business Administration at Runshaw College.

In industry, Laura has worked in customer facing environments since the age of 14 where she developed a real passion for people. Since then, she has had a wide variety of experiences in retail, product, customer service, financial services and sales.

Following University, Laura has held music events raising money and clothes for the homeless charities in Preston and truly prides herself on the awareness and funding that was generated from this.

Laura loves to spend her time camping and hiking in the Lake District and hopes to buy a van in the upcoming years to renovate and travel in. She cares passionately about mindfulness and art, recently creating digital dog portraits for friends and family.

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Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
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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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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.

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Emma Jackson

Course Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

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Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
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Estelle Marsden

Customer Support Coordinator

Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.
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Laura Coffey

Learning Engagement Manager

With 18 years teaching experience in Secondary Schools, Laura is passionate about helping people use education and training to achieve success. Born in Lancashire, Laura crossed the Pennines to complete a Psychology degree at Sheffield University. She then studied her PGCE at Sheffield Hallam before working as a Mathematics teacher for 11-19 years olds across the city. Continuing to learn alongside her career Laura completed qualifications in Counselling and Hypnotherapy but it was her desire to help those students that struggled the most that led her to complete her Post Graduate Certification in SEN Coordination in 2012. Laura then worked as a SENCO working to support students with Special Needs in school. Laura’s work with students as a Mathematics teacher, form tutor and SENCO have always been rooted in her commitment to seeing every student reach their potential. Laura has joined SRSCC with the mindset that we can help support our learners overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey.

Outside of work, Laura can be found on the edges of the Peak district with her husband and two children taking advantage of some hilly terrain and beautiful viewpoints.

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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.