“I believe YPO because it’s a customer driven organisation with a long standing heritage in putting the customer first, YPO truly adds value and I’m really excited to be here.”
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself; I am Gillian Askew the new Head of Procurement Services at YPO. Whilst I’m new to YPO I’m not new to Procurement, having spent the last 21 years in the profession.
I graduated through CIPS in 2001 after studying for five years at night school whilst working hard forging my early career in Procurement. I’ve been privileged to work in some interesting sectors including petrochemical manufacturing, engineering support services, telecoms, electronics and education.
Obviously as a professional procurer I make no apology for working hard to make the money stretch further and in times of economic depression and austerity I have been very proud to watch Procurement step up to the plate and make a real difference financially and commercially.
I have loved being a part of the Procurement movement to value delivery that sees the social value agenda, sustainability, employment, research and community development as important to organisational delivery as the financial performance of Procurement ever was.
I need no convincing that good Procurement can be a competitive weapon to an organisation, supporting and enabling business growth. Good Procurement can also support the shaping of societies, has the ability to save lives, help secure the ongoing provision of front line services and create income and employment opportunities. I am honoured to have been able to deliver such benefits during my career.
"Joining YPO was the natural next step"
YPO gives me the opportunity on a broader basis to help Procurement teams and organisations really achieve their goals, whether those goals are value led financial, community or service based.
“…and when I'm not working I swap my suit and heels for jeans and wellies.”
My husband and I own and run and small urban care farm and dog kennels. I love to help get stuck in looking after all the animals, including the newest addition to the clan; a baby Alpaca born just this month!
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