Your dedicated emergency services team

As a member of the emergency services sector, it’s important to remain consistent and effective when making purchasing decisions. The government encourages a collaborative approach when it comes to procurement, not just to save money but also to standardise the items and services that are purchased. Spending wisely will help to drive lasting improvements across all police forces and the fire and rescue service. 

YPO is a not-for-profit buying organisation set up to help the public sector buy better. We’ve got over 40 years of procurement experience under our belt and have a range of around 30,000 products which include office supplies and furniture as well as 80 frameworks to procure high value items like clothing and vehicles, and services such as HR, training and insurance.
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Meet the team
Sarah Earl
Category Buyer - Emergency Services & Blue Light
Sarah Earl
Sarah joined YPO in 1998. Sarah began her career in the food warehouse as a clerical officer before moving into the transport department where she provided administrative support to the planning and distribution team. Sarah moved from the operational side of the company in 2014 into procurement where she progressed to assistant category buyer for food, leading on to her most recent role as assistant category buyer for emergency services and blue light. Sarah has recently been promoted to category buyer and has started her final year of study towards her MCIPS qualification.

“I absolutely love my job. Every day brings a new challenge, giving me the ability to gain further knowledge and expertise which enables me to work with customers closely and offer expert procurement advice in times where collaboration is being pushed between the services to save money.”
Laura Hills
Assistant Buyer - Emergency Services & Blue Light
Laura Hills
Laura joined YPO in May 2018, initially starting in the hygiene and cleaning category. She then took on her current role of assistant buyer for the emergency services and blue light team in September. Laura’s previous role before starting at YPO was procurement officer working for a further education provider in the public sector, where she achieved a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Business Studies and is now studying for her CIPS qualification.
"Although I've only been at YPO a short amount of time, I look forward to my future here and the challenges ahead which will give me further knowledge and expertise to help with our customers’ requirements."


Helen Wardman
Business Manager - Waste Management & FM
Helen Wardman
Helen has worked for YPO for 30 years. She started in the buildings and energy department as an assistant buyer progressing in due course to buyer for buildings and waste management. Helen’s current role is business manager for waste management and FM, managing a team of ten. 

“It goes without saying after 30 years I love working here. I’m lucky to work with some fantastic people and am proud to be part of such a well-respected organisation, which strives to provide best value to all our customers year on year.”

What our clients say

“Having YPO’s support was like having an extra member of our team. The furniture supplied by YPO is of a high standard and has transformed the new building into an efficient working environment. All items were installed on time and on budget, saving us both hours and funds.”
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Paula Ibberson | Custody Estates Project
Manager, South Yorkshire Police