Handpicked

Every member of our team is carefully selected for their global industry expertise and just as important, they’re a great bunch of people to be around.

Mark Wyllie

CEO

Life before Retearn…
I’ve spent most of my working life leading the delivery of large, complex transformation programmes in public and private sectors – usually underpinned financially by the delivery of significant procurement-related savings. I’ve led organisations ranging from start-up to 6,000 staff.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I’d love to work in Formula 1 – preferably as a driver! I love the combination of exhilaration, competitiveness and innovation.

If you could transform one industry…
The spend on our combined military forces is huge, but from afar it seems that there are significant opportunities for cost savings and efficiencies. Defence is critical to our sovereignty, so surely it’s better to transform its efficiency rather than simply imposing draconian cuts.

Proudest client delivery…
The outcome that I’m most proud of is running a huge transformation programme that delivered £1bn savings for a government client which they then ploughed back into improving front line services.

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Simon Smith

COO

Life before Retearn…
I have worked in Managing Director roles, as a Partner and in many global senior procurement roles; both in the consulting and outsourcing industries, with roles across various public and private sectors!

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I’d love to be a Football Manager – I am obviously more talented than any manager past or present as I pass on my deep knowledge of the game at both grass roots level every weekend or sitting in the stands at Villa Park noting the obvious mistakes that 30,000+ all miss every week. I clearly was overlooked and still don’t understand why!

If you could transform one industry…
Helping companies re-invest savings or build their supply chains for the next big product and seeing it take off really is something special and I think there’s more room for it in high-tech and R&D companies.

Proudest client delivery…
The ability for our people to continue to innovate, be flexible and change the fundamental culture of how our clients do business is great – especially when there’s positive feedback!

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Lee Cotsford

CFO

Life before Retearn...
I’ve spent 12 years working throughout the UK, Europe and Middle East on a wide range of projects. Upon my return to the UK I was employed by Capita PLC to create their procurement organisation which I grew from a concept to a £25m pa turnover business before moving on to be the MD of Capita Consulting/Transformation (a £40m pa turnover multi discipline consultancy organisation).

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I would love to be able to teach! I would home school my children while travelling the world, providing them with life changing experiences and helping them prepare for their lives ahead.

If you could transform one industry…
Many public-sector organisations make the headlines, complaining that they are under-funded or failing the UK citizens they serve. I believe many of these organisations are in fact over spent and investment in transformation and supply chain management would enable them to deliver much enhanced services within the cost envelopes provided to them today.

Proudest client delivery…
My proudest moments are when things are achieved against the odds. When you are told something is impossible or the expectation is that something will fail before delivering as a team, there’s no better feeling.

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Vinesh Mistry

Head of Procurement Consulting

Life before Retearn…
I’ve been in the procurement world for 10 years, from analyst to Principal Consultant with experience across many sectors. I also have experience in expanding the footprint from the UK to Poland, offering a lower cost-shared service to clients, transforming the operating model and redefining operating processes.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I would love to be a football journalist – being able to watch the game, talk about it and get paid at the same time…what else could be better!?

If you could transform one industry…
I would love to work somewhere in Sports; an environment where I am able to enjoy the beautiful game whilst driving efficiencies to pass back to the fans! I see huge potential in the charity sector also; being able to drive out wastage and efficiencies to be able to benefit the actual people that need it.

Proudest client delivery…
A lot of the work I do with clients is extremely rewarding; being able to not just demonstrate a cashable saving to the bottom line but also improving and transforming the way they work. Recently I have worked with a private sector client where I delivered over 50% saving by driving efficiencies, removing non-value add activities and renegotiating the commercial contracts

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Graham Day

Head of Data and Insight

Life before Retearn...
I started my career as an Intern at Hewlett Packard EMEA procurement team. Since then I have spent the last 12 years working for Procurement Consultancy firms. Being fortunate to work across a multitude of clients within Private and Public Sector.

If you weren't at Retearn...
I would love to be Rally Driver. The ability to travel the world combined with significant pinch of thrill seeking is my idea of good time!

If you could transform one industry...
To be able to transform the Football Premiership. Generating front line savings and passing onto fans to make games more accessible would be great.

Proudest client delivery...
Any time I receive positive feedback from a client makes me proud. Knowing we are a making a difference and can see the benefits of our work is extremely rewarding.

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Briege Kearney

Marketing Director

Life before Retearn…
I was the Marketing Director at Blue Sky Performance Improvement, an award winning behavioural change consultancy. Prior to that I enjoyed a fantastic 11 years at Deloitte in a range of strategic and operational marketing roles.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
A professional Tennis Player. Growing up in Ireland with no tennis court, didn't stop me spending hours bashing a ball against the side of our house pretending it was match-point in the final of Wimbledon!

If you could transform one industry…
It would have to be Education, to reignite a passion for learning and children to have a genuine curiosity about the world, instead of the constant focus and worry about grades. Teachers are heros.

Proudest client delivery…
In the early days of internet marketing, I persuaded a sceptical client to invest in digital marketing and move away from their traditional sales channels. Within two months it transformed their business and they’ve continued to be bold and brave ever since.

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Ben Farn

Engagement Director

Life before Retearn…
I’ve spent time in both public and private sectors, including 6 years at Capita, implementing solutions to real world problems. I’ve worked at medium sized and boutique consultancies in the UK and overseas, bringing process improvement and transformation projects to fruition. I’ve worked as a civil servant in various roles across the Ministry of Defence, including work on a series of projects with the Ghurkas.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
When I had a careers interview at school (all those years ago), I was told I’d suit being an astronaut. At the time that seemed a little ambitious given my fear of heights… but seeing how Tim Peake has gotten along, it does make me wonder what could have been!

If you could transform one industry…
I’d love to have an impact on the public sector as a whole! So many services have been tinkered with by governments, politicians and individuals with agendas far too focused on the next budget cycle. I would love the opportunity to step back with a blank piece of paper… oh the possibilities!

Proudest client delivery…
I successfully chaperoned a reluctant client through a challenging outsource which lead to an improvement in service provision, whilst making 25% savings and safeguarding all the jobs that transitioned to the eventual service provider! I formed a trust with the client and delivered on that promise on their behalf.

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Samuel Welch

Senior Consultant

Life before Retearn…
My early career started at Barclays before then moving on to Capita Procurement Solutions. I started at Capita as an Assistant Procurement Manager within the Public Sector and worked my way up through the ranks to a Category Manager for Capita Group Procurement in 2 years.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I would love to be a Creative Director for an Advertising company – a bit like Don Draper from Mad Men. There’d be less smoking and drinking but the mid-afternoon naps would certainly feature!

If you could transform one industry…
Too much money is spent on the running of charities when it should be going to the people that need it most. I think there is the real need to transform the business of charities and help them to identify where savings could be made internally to create not only more money to push to the frontline but to also build and restore the public confidence that donations are going to the right people.

Proudest client delivery…
With my first client at Retearn, I delivered £1.8million savings and helped to streamline the procurement process from 90 days to 30, delivering 14 projects in 6 months.

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Kate Bones

Consultant

Life before Retearn…
I was the Commercial Officer at the Ministry of Defence, managing contracts and buying anything from helicopters and marine equipment to healthcare services for British Forces Cyprus.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
As I child I dreamed of being a trapeze artist, despite showing absolutely no hint of gymnastic ability whatsoever… Nowadays, I’d love to be a travel blogger – getting paid to explore tropical destinations AND brag about it all over social media? Sounds perfect!

If you could transform one industry…
I would love to work in International Development. Saving money is always satisfying, but doing so in an area where so much more could be done to improve transparency and efficiency, and every penny can literally save lives would be great.

Proudest client delivery…
I recently found a client was paying 4x over the odds, on stationery – not a glamourous area of spend, I know, but savings here were a quick win on something they hadn’t considered before.

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James Ball

Manager

Life before Retearn…
Formerly Operations Director at Capita, I worked in Operations and Procurement leadership for a £60mil business process outsource. This involved overviewing multiple functions. I’m very proud to have played a key role in growing the business from £7mil to £60mil revenue, while reducing the cost of operations, as well as supporting the development of many employees.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I’d love to be a Professional Squash player. I’ve played at a decent level for many years myself, but still watch in awe at the talent, fitness and will to win of the world’s best players.

If you could transform one industry…
Improving anything that involves tax-payer’s money provides me with greatest satisfaction. I watch politicians and governments regularly state they need more investment, when in many cases smarter buying or processes will support greater self-sufficiency (a bug bear from my Healthcare days!) and make the case for additional investment more compelling.

Proudest client delivery…
One that stands out is being nominated for a CIPS award for Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start Up, as we were nominated by our clients for overachieving on savings and providing them with effective support.

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Andy Spriggs

Manager

Life before Retearn…
Most of my working life has been spent in Public Sector procurement covering a variety of market sectors including; Defence, Central Government Departments, Health, Police and Local Government.

If you could transform one industry…
I think the greatest opportunities for procurement to transform the way services are provided are in the Local Government sector. In these cash-strapped times, the first instinct for Authorities is to cut services where they could instead transform the way they’re provided!

Proudest client delivery…
I worked on a review of how local leisure services were provided. The project started out with the aim of saving money but we developed this focus; using leisure services to achieve improvements in health and wellbeing across the population. It was exciting to transform the way people perceived this leisure service, bringing a positive result!

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Rebecca Welch

Consultant

Life before Retearn…
A year of my degree was focused on Fashion Buying and I decided that it was the industry I wanted to work within. I decided to start building my experience within buying and procurement and joined Capita Procurement Solutions where I worked across a variety of public and private sectors.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I would love to be a midwife! I think they are amazing at what they do and help women in one of their most vulnerable and emotional times in their lives. If I wasn’t so squeamish my life may have taken a very different path!

If you could transform one industry…
From personal experience, I believe there’s potential to create savings and transform Children’s Social Care from Preschool to Higher Education. I believe we need to help build and fix the foundations of the next generation and invest in their future.

Proudest client delivery…
Working within the Tail Spend Procurement Team at Capita, I was required to meet with external stakeholders and identify their needs for works, services and goods. I met many stakeholders that at first were dubious that the new team would make a difference to their area of business, I managed to win them round, creating strong positive relationships whilst identifying savings of over £700k!

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George Woods

Consultant

Life before Retearn…
I was a Drilling Engineer in the Oil & Gas industry. This involved planning, designing, contracting and operating £20m+ drilling projects in the (cold!) North Sea.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I have always wanted to drive with some flashing blue lights! I can’t imagine many jobs that deliver the adrenalin rush of speeding through traffic with the lights blazing and the horn blaring. The combination of technical driving skill, reactions and focus required are unparalleled – all whilst protecting the public – and maybe the odd cat!

If you could transform one industry…
My engineering background means I have worked in a variety of industries. Economies of scale are vital - but this doesn’t always mean the best bargain is driven. Tactical reactions are crucial to the fast-paced environments companies operate in – but a long term strategic plan is vital to see an organisation through market ups and downs.

Proudest client delivery…
Successfully delivering the procurement of a £25m IT system revamp for a large housing association, a culmination of well over 6 months of effort from both the core team and a massive number of stakeholders.

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Temitope Timothy Alabi

Intern (Analyst)

Life before Retearn…
I am currently working at Retearn on a placement as part of my degree at Loughborough University. Before studying for my degree, I studied Business Studies at Loughborough College.

If you weren’t at Retearn…
I’ve always wanted to go into fashion. The idea of travelling around the world to go on fashion shows and getting free clothes is just wonderful. But I am not much of a creative but more enjoy looking good!

If you could transform one industry…
I see room for improvement in Logistics and Telecom. New technologies are made every day to make process of logistics a lot simpler and cost effective, but companies have the mentality of “stick to the normal provider” when there are newer and cheaper alternatives with even more guaranteed advantage over older methods.

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