YPO, the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation, has further strengthened its team in Wakefield with the appointment of a new head of procurement services, Gillian Askew.
Gillian brings with her 21 years of experience in procurement services across a number of sectors, having previously worked as head of procurement at Nottingham Trent University and supply chain director for critical and mobile assets at Babcock International Group PLC.
In her new role, Gillian will spearhead YPO’s procurement function, helping procurement teams and organisations across the UK achieve their commercial and service-led goals.
YPO specialises in providing legally compliant procurement services to the public sector and has been catering to local authorities and schools for over 40 years.
Gillian’s role will further build upon the success of YPO as an established brand and provider of procurement services in the education and local authority sectors, with a view to actively support the social value agenda, and ensure that customers are able to obtain the best value for their money.
Gillian will also focus on enhancing the organisation’s profile as an expert in procurement across new sectors such as health, housing, and further education as well as industry.
Gillian said: “Good procurement can make a real difference to organisations – financially, commercially and socially. Done well, it can truly be a game changer. YPO is well-known for its procurement expertise and as a procurement professional, I take pride in working hard to help make budgets stretch further for our customers, particularly in times of uncertainty and austerity.
“YPO also has a responsibility to partner with customers in helping to create and protect local employment, develop communities and help to protect front line services.
“I believe in YPO because it’s a customer driven organisation, with a long-standing heritage in putting the customer first and as such, truly adding value. We’re also privileged to work with some amazing suppliers who are integral to our ability to deliver well for our customers. I’m really excited to be here and to help build on the fantastic work that YPO is already doing.”
YPO’s managing director Simon Hill said: “Procurement is the backbone of everything we do at YPO. Gillian’s wealth of knowledge and experience, in addition to her passion for procurement, will play a critical role in shaping YPO’s future success.”