Steve Atherton FCMI, FCIPS, CMILT


Steve Atherton has in excess of 30 years procurement, supply chain and logistics experience in both public and private sectors and encompassing engineering, support services, health, defence and security sectors. He has held senior managing director and executive director positions delivering from tactical through to strategic business outcomes. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Steve�s first career was in the Royal Air Force as a senior officer in the Supply/Logistics branch specialism where his experience spanned everything from major capital equipment and weapon systems procurement, through business/supply chain continuity planning and operational delivery in challenging environments.

Throughout the period 1994 to 1996 Steve undertook a major review into the United Nations support to peacekeeping operations and then went on to implement the recommendations.

In 1998 he was appointed the national director of supplies for the NHS in Scotland procuring all goods and services, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to support the NHS. He was then headhunted by KPMG Consulting to form their health consulting practice where he delivered many complex procurement and supply chain improvement and transformation projects across the UK.

Between 2002 and 2004 Steve was appointed the Director of Procurement for the Metropolitan Police Service where he delivered a significant change and improvement programme which resulted in him being awarded the CIPS/SM Procurement Professional of the Year(2004) and in the same awards his division was awarded the �Most Improved Procurement Function� in the UK.

Steve was appointed the Managing Director of Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation between 2004 and 2008; a consortia selling educational, office and ambient/chilled food predominantly into schools across the UK. The company employed some 450+ staff with a turnover of around �300m.

Steve then left to set up his own interim management company delivering procurement and supply chain practical and strategic solutions to clients. He has delivered to the NHS, set up a shared services company in Abu Dhabi, extensive supply chain and procurement improvement and savings to the engineering support company Babcock International and then a supply chain, contract management and new business bid review for the pharmaceutical wholesaler AAH Pharmaceuticals.

Steve is particularly adept at developing and transforming procurement functions and their teams, focusing on business benefit, skills improvement and saving delivery. He has worked in many countries around the world developing and delivering policies, procedures and processes with practical and pragmatic implementation of change.

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