SPEAKERS

This event is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the senior team at Foodbuy and from other Compass Group Executive members to gain an insight into future plans, the challenges and opportunities across the business.

MAIN PLENARY SPEAKERS

OLIVER COCK
MANAGING DIRECTOR
FOODBUY

Oliver joined the Compass Group UK & Ireland business in May 2011, as Managing Director for Commercial and now Foodbuy.

Oliver joined Compass Group PLC in 2009 as Group Procurement Director, responsible for establishing and delivering the Group's functional procurement agenda. Since joining he has overseen the development of a new approach to procurement at Group and country level, and driven the development of strategies for Compass' key areas of global expenditure.

Prior to joining Compass, Oliver spent 11 years with Diageo PLC, initially managing global categories, managing the procurement operations in North and South America, and latterly in Europe and Africa. He was also responsible for innovation procurement globally. Previous to this, he held senior roles with Deloitte and the NHS.

Oliver lives in Berkshire with his wife Karen and their two daughters, Ella and Georgia. He is a keen sportsman and lifelong supporter of Southampton FC.

CHRIS GARSIDE
MANAGING DIRECTOR
COMPASS GROUP UK & IRELAND

Having Chris at the helm affords us huge opportunities for sharing best practice across our key industry portfolio. Chris says his job is always exciting and varied; whether he’s meeting clients or talking to our people. He believes our culture plays a vital part in our success and is understandably proud of the talent, commitment and dedication of our teams.  Engaging with our people is one of his top priorities, as they are at the heart of everything we do. Chris is committed to growing our business through great service and innovation for our clients.
 
Chris joined us as Business Director of ESS, our Defence and Government Services business. He was quickly promoted to MD of this business, also taking on the additional responsibilities for Offshore and Remote markets and joining the Compass UK & Ireland Executive Team. In 2015, Chris then took on the responsibility of Chartwells, our education business.

ANDY BADGER
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
FOODBUY

Andy Badger is Foodbuy’s Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for developing and pioneering our industry leading electronic procurement systems that enable us to deliver the best possible service to our clients. Andy also has responsibility for the procurement business function within Project Matrix, developing a European wide procurement, operations and finance solution.
 
Prior to his current role at Foodbuy, Andy held the role of Managing Director for Acquire Services Limited. During his time at the helm for Acquire, Andy oversaw the period of transition as Compass Group UK & Ireland’s commercial team and Acquire unified under the name Foodbuy. 
 
Andy joined Acquire in 2004, and was ultimately responsible for the continued development of the Acquire procurement and epsys e-procurement brands. He brought with him extensive board-level experience of growing businesses through the development of service enhancing systems and processes, and delivered a three-fold increase in procurement volume over a three year period. He also led technical innovation across the business, driving the adoption of e-procurement solutions across the Acquire client base to the point where today well over 90% of procurement activity is managed online.
 
Andy is committed to delivering a similar adoption of e-commerce within our UK Compass sector clients through Foodbuy Online, and across Europe and Asia though Project Matrix

STEVE CENCI
MANAGING DIRECTOR
HEALTHCARE

Steve has been part of the Compass family since 2002 – wholly dedicated to our healthcare business.
 
Despite his vast experience working with large blue chip companies and across the government sector, it’s the healthcare industry that Steve finds most rewarding. Seeing the connection between what our teams do and patients getting better.
 
Like the rest of his Executive colleagues, Steve is a real foodie – his favorite dish? A wholesome bowl of risotto. And every year, on 31st January, Steve celebrates the birth of not one, but all three of his sons... AND they’re not triplets. A date impossible to overlook!

MICHELLE FARGEN
SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

As our Supply Chain Development Director, Michelle leads the team who work alongside our suppliers and distributors to deliver value for our clients. Having joined us from our Foodbuy business in the US, she brings with her a wealth of experience and strategic expertise.

We make things easy for our clients which is why a key focus for Michelle’s team is ensuring we choose the optimum route to market for all our clients goods and services, and manage our supplier's performance to deliver great service. A keen runner for meditation, Michelle enjoys raising money for charity and spending time with her husband and two sons.

KERRY FORD
BUSINESS DIRECTOR
FOODBUY

As Foodbuy Business Director, Kerry leads the team responsible for providing procurement services and delivering value for our clients. As our clients’ needs change, so too do our solutions which is why Kerry’s team have the experience and expertise to challenge the status quo and offer innovative solutions to clients’ key business issues.

It’s providing this great service and working with people that she enjoys most. Taking time to understand a client’s needs, identifying how we can best deliver value and then working together to deliver a successful solution is what excites her. Kerry lives in Essex with her husband and is a keen runner.

DUNCAN GRAY
HEAD OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Duncan joined the UK&I business in January 2016. He leads the Corporate Responsibility team and his role is to set direction and CR strategy for the business. Corporate Responsibility identifies and maximises areas where the business makes a positive social or environmental impact and minimises the negative impacts.

Prior to joining Compass Group Duncan was a strategy consultant for three years; working with global brands in Europe, N. America and Asia to help them delivery truly sustainable growth. Before his consulting role he worked on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Duncan started his career at Mars Inc. holding a range of commercial roles as well as leading on various global sustainability projects.

Duncan and his wife, Amy, are the least cool people living in the heart of trendy Hackney, East London. When not in the office he is most likely to be found swimming in the sea, up a mountain or in the kitchen cooking.

CHRIS MCCRYSTAL
GLOBAL LEAD – SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRITY

Chris has been with Compass for 10 years and is responsible for overseeing the policy framework, development, implementation and compliance monitoring of the Compass Global Supply Chain Integrity Standards which promote consistency in operating standards across the Group.

Key responsibilities include global vendor assurance standards and the identification, prioritisation and mitigation of potential food safety, food authenticity and responsible sourcing risks such as human rights, farm animal welfare and deforestation within the supply chain.

Prior to his career with Compass, Chris spent over 12 years in technical management roles within the international meat processing industry, with leading businesses such as Cargill and OSI Group, and latterly spent several years based in Thailand in his role as Regional Technical Manager for a major global food importer and exporter.

In his spare time, Chris likes to cook – especially Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.

IAN MURPHY
CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER

In his role as Chief Procurement Officer, Ian leads our strategic sourcing and category development teams who are responsible for negotiating tenders with our supplier base and maximising the value for our clients by challenging them on quality, service, innovation and price.

Working with some remarkable people and buying amazing products and services for our clients is what motivates Ian. It's these products and services that we use to demonstrate to clients what we can do for them and the value we can bring to their businesses. A big sports fan, he is married with a young daughter.

INDI NAGI

Having worked with ‘Master Data’ for over 20 years, first with Compass UK & Ireland and now with Foodbuy, Indi has a wealth of experience in all areas related to Data Management and Data Governance. In addition to this, during his time at Compass he also spent 2 years managing the team responsible for setting up electronic invoicing with over 100 suppliers. Over the coming months, Indi will play a key role in onboarding our suppliers onto Foodbuy systems from both a technical and data perspective which will include introducing new, simplified processes to manage product catalogues.

EMMA PEARSON
MANAGING DIRECTOR
B&I FOOD

Emma brings a wealth of experience in the outsourcing sector to our team.  Emma has held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles at board level including for Capita, where she was responsible for a portfolio of businesses across its education and health outsourced services.
 
She has worked with clients across the public and private sectors, with remits covering facilities management, property, IT, back office services, logistics and clinical services. Prior to this Emma worked for GSL and later G4S, undertaking a number of senior positions, most recently leading its Medical Services businesses alongside undertaking the Corporate Development Director role, driving the FM business forward and diversifying its support services portfolio.
 
If you ask Emma what her favourite part of her job is, the answer will almost certainly revolve around the huge array of services Compass is able to provide for its clients. From passionate colleagues to delicious food, Emma loves seeing all of these come together to create great results.
 
Not one to shy away from a challenge, in her 20s Emma sailed across the Atlantic with her husband. They travelled thousands of miles together, overcoming the trials and tribulations of the open waters!

LOUISE PILKINGTON
MARKETING DIRECTOR

Compass is a team of foodies and Louise certainly knows her food and drink, having previously held senior marketing roles at P&G, Diageo and Moet Hennessy. Her last role before joining Compass was Global Innovation Director at Costa Coffee. That is why she was the perfect fit to take on our newly created Consumer Marketing Director role in 2015.

Louise uses her industry knowledge to drive innovation so we can create even better food and beverage experiences for our consumers. She also leads our Insight team and consumer digital strategy. Every day is a veritable feast for Louise, thinking up food concepts, drawing inspiration from different world cuisines, focusing on healthy eating... From Louise’s perspective, all fresh opportunities to eat cake. Louise just loves cake. And while food is a big passion for Louise, her life with her husband, twin children and two Maine Coon cats, also keeps her very happy (and busy) too.

CLINTON ROWLING
HEAD OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

In his role as Head of Marketing & Communications, Clinton leads our approach on how we tell our clients, our people and external audiences about what we are doing and how we add value. Prior to joining Foodbuy, Clinton spent five years supporting the Compass Group UK & Ireland business as a senior member of its corporate affairs team. Contributing to the success of our business, and seeing it grow, is what motivates him.

RAYAN SHEIKH
CATEGORY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

In his role as a Category Development Manager in non-food, Rayan has worked across a multitude of categories for Foodbuy such as IT, Telecoms, Travel, Consumables, Marketing and most recently FM and Site services. Rayan will soon be moving into our Strategic Sourcing team with an aim to source, architect and deliver market leading solutions for Foodbuy. Delivering intrinsic value and differentiating Foodbuy from the market is what drives him.

RICHARD TAYLOR
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – CHARTWELLS

Richard joined the Compass family in 2003. Over the years, he has worked in some of our largest and most challenging industries.

From overseeing facilities management for the NHS, leading Quadrant (our Royal Mail joint venture), to managing our Eurest contracts in the South East. Richard is now Chief Operating Officer for our education business, Chartwells. Outside of work you’ll find Richard enjoying seafood by the seaside (preferably in Portugal), or standing on the touchline watching his son play rugby.

BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

HENRY BURGESS
HEAD OF CATEGORY - NON FOOD

Henry is a seasoned commercial leader with 20+years Retail and Food Service industry experience.

After joining Sainsbury’s in 1994 I followed a commercial buying route to my first leadership position including Non-Food, Grocery and Fresh categories. Building supplier business plans and driving market share through striking the balance between brand and own label proving successful strategies.

To build on my leadership skills I delivered an end to end systems transformation programme where I further enhanced my stakeholder management, contingency planning and communication skills. Moving into the marketing team I was lucky enough to lead the pricing and promotion strategy giving me an opportunity to influence the total business offer to the customer and deliver tangible benefit to the bottom line.

A short spell in the electronics industry exposed me to Far East sourcing and an understanding of lifecycle costing which helped when I moved to Woolworths supermarkets in Australia. A great experience being immersed in a new culture and delivering cultural change across Australia’s no 1 food provider.

Moving to the food service industry has provided me a great opportunity to learn about how customer’s tastes are changing in the UK. Leading the Bakery, Dairy, Desserts and Non-Food procurement teams in Brakes showed me how innovation can drive customer satisfaction.

Having joined Foodbuy in June I am looking forward to driving the Non Food offer both in terms of offer and penetration within our client base.

Outside of work I am an avid follower of rugby and bringing up my children to the best of my ability.

NEIL CHAPMAN
HEAD OF CATEGORY – GROCERY & SAVOURY

Neil is a procurement professional with 12 years’ experience, primarily focused within the Foodservice and Marketing industries.

Neil has gained a wealth of experience initially in operational roles both in Retail and Experiential Marketing agencies, before moving into commercial roles focused on category management, supply chain development and sourcing. During this time Neil has had the opportunity to work within a number of different environments including SME’s and prior to joining Foodbuy, experience working in a startup.

In 2015, he joined the Compass Group UK & Ireland Commercial team, latterly rebranded to Foodbuy. Upon joining, Neil managed our Hot Beverage & Vending categories, delivering a significant number of projects across 18 Months including a full strategic review of all sub categories. In 2017, Neil moved to the role of Head of Category - Grocery & Savoury, focused on building a team to support these important categories, with Grocery being our single biggest category for Foodbuy.

Neil has also worked on a number of other high profile projects for Foodbuy. Most recently creating a set of Foodbuy Values and delivering a data visualisation project for the category & sourcing team.

Outside of work, Neil enjoys spending time with his family, socialising with friends and unusual challenges, having recently completed a London2Paris cycle in 24 hours, raising money for the Foodbuy charity partner.

SOPHIE DANIELS
HEAD OF CATEGORY – RETAIL & BWS

Sophie is a graduate and procurement professional with over 10 years’ experience primarily focused within the Foodservice and Retail industries.

After graduating with BA Hons in International Business Management, Sophie has gained a wealth of experience in supply chain, procurement & category management roles. The majority of experience in consumer led category roles.

In 2008, she joined the Compass Group UK & Ireland Purchasing Team in supply chain managing the non-food & ambient product routes to market, with a key focus on service level improvement, range management, delivering efficiencies and forecasting.

She then moved into to the buying team and has led and delivered significant change programmes across the chilled food to go, bakery, hot beverage and vending categories, including range relaunches, re-brands, category optimisation projects and many more. Sophie is now heading up the retail & beers, wine & spirits category team where she is excited to use her experience to help grow and deliver value in these categories through giving consumers and clients what they want.

Sophie thrives in a fast paced, commercial & energetic environment and really enjoys delivering results through great partnerships with her suppliers, stakeholders and team.

Outside of work, Sophie loves spending time with friends & family whether that be eating, drinking, holidaying or all of the above! And when she’s not doing that you’ll probably find her exercising.

DAN PERFECT
HEAD OF SERVICES & RETAIL PARTNERSHIPS

Dan is a procurement professional with a focus on collaboration and creative solutions that increase value not only for clients but also suppliers.

After graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Wales, Swansea, Dan worked for a number of years at leading DIY retailer B&Q Plc gaining experience in supply chain, retail buying and overseas sourcing in a FMCG environment. After this Dan shifted from a retail buying role into procurement, managing the indirects category for leading cruise company, Carnival Plc and subsequently headed up indirects for the UK’s leading retirement developer McCarthy & Stone Plc.

In 2015, Dan joined the Compass Group UK & Ireland Commercial team as a Strategic Sourcing Lead. As well as overseeing significant sourcing programs in both the core food and non-food categories, Dan also spearheaded an initiative to redefine and bring up to date the Foodbuy Procurement Framework (FPF), as an evolution of the Compass Procurement Framework following the creation of Foodbuy in 2015/16. This new Foodbuy Procurement Framework underpins all procurement activity carried out within Foodbuy, and provides the foundation from which we are able to consistently create value for our clients.

Subsequent to creation of the FPF Dan has also created an entire training program to ensure our category and sourcing teams continue to represent best in class procurement theory and practice. The FPF Training & Accreditation Program was launched in 2017.

Dan’s current role as Head of Services & Retail Partnerships sees him overseeing all of our subcontract and indirect service categories as well as our franchise partnerships.

JENNY PYKETT
HEAD OF CATEGORY – FOOD

Jenny has been with Foodbuy for 2 years joining from Rolls Royce Aerospace where she held multiple roles including Cost Reduction Manager, Head of Indirect Operational Purchasing and Head of Raw Materials and Special Components.

After graduating with BA Hons in English Studies, Jenny has built up 15 years of procurement expertise across multiple disciplines from category management, strategic sourcing, e-procurement and cost reduction programmes. Having managed large functions and global teams she has managed suppliers and teams in both Europe, Asia and NA markets.

In 2015, she joined Foodbuy as Head of Category – Food. Since joining Jenny has continued to develop and establish supplier relationships, strategic planning for all core categories and driven large scale savings to support the business and client needs.

Jenny has established a strong Food Procurement team with key Category Managers focusing on subject matter expertise and clear purchasing direction and knowledge.

With the development of Foodbuy and its ever growing client base Jenny has delivered supplier contracts and pricing structures that have allowed competitive and class leading procurement solutions to deliver a unique service to the market whilst demonstrating key category expertise.

Outside of work, Jenny has 2 children, Sophia and Millie, so most her time is spent dropping of at a variety of clubs and activities, however any spare time she enjoys a good meal and film with her husband.

DEJAN UZUR
HEAD OF CATEGORY – HOT BEVERAGES, BAKER, VENDING

Dejan is a procurement professional who works with clients and suppliers to develop truly collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships, supported by long-term strategic category plans.

After graduating with a degree in physics from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in physics from the University of Bath, Dejan joined RHM Technology, the research and development arm of Rank Hovis McDougall. Following the takeover of RHM by Premier Foods Group, Dejan moved into Premier’s procurement team to manage the Group’s energy spend.

Dejan joined Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Commercial team in May 2012 as the grocery buyer, and worked on the Wave project to optimise the category and generate value from aggregated volumes for both Compass Group and suppliers. This was followed by a role in the European sourcing team to develop team vision and strategy and manage oils, pasta, rice and spreads on behalf of 23 countries. Dejan returned to the UK in 2015 to lead the newly established Operational Sourcing function which had three main objectives: sourcing bespoke solutions for Compass’ sectors including subcontractors for the successful Hestia project, optimising large sector contracts and managing sourcing teams for our external clients, the largest of which is Virgin Trains West Coast.

Dejan was appointed to his current role on the 1st November 2017 and is currently working with the team to better understand client needs and supplier capabilities.