YPO appoints new Independent Director

YPO appoints new Independent Director

By Fiona Wilkins, Corporate Communications Manager

YPO, the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation, has bolstered its governance structure with the appointment of Rob McWilliam as Independent Director.


Rob McWilliam brings over 25 years management experience, working with leading global businesses including Amazon and ASDA/Wal-Mart. Most recently, he was Vice President at Amazon UK, where he was responsible for the consumer goods businesses, including grocery and healthcare. Rob studied Mathematics at Durham University and is a qualified accountant.


In his role as Independent Director, Rob will support the leadership team to implement the organisation’s growth plans, ensuring the organisation remains well-placed to continue delivering cost savings and best value to the public sector.


Rob said: “YPO is renowned for its exceptional customer service, which puts the company in the same league as brands such as Amazon and John Lewis. I am very much looking forward to working with such an incredibly talented and experienced team who know their market inside out.”


He continued: “YPO has never been more relevant than it is today. With the pressure on public spending likely to continue, YPO enables its local authority customers and their communities to get more from less. If YPO didn’t already exist, we’d invent it now!”


Simon Hill, Managing Director at YPO, said: “Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new role, which will greatly benefit our senior team. We remain committed to strengthening YPO to support our further growth plans as we work hard to deliver even greater value to our public sector customers.”