Welcoming The New NEUPC Board Members

Welcoming The New NEUPC Board Members

We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new members to the NEUPC board. Each new member has provided a personal profile, which can be seen below. We very much look forward to working with the new additions to the board.


Sarah Coll - Leeds Beckett University



Sarah is the Head of Procurement at Leeds Beckett University. She has over 25 years of experience in procurement which spans Higher Education, NHS, Retail and Manufacturing. Over her years of experience, Sarah has purchased a wide range of goods and services, delivered value for money through savings (9% last year), process efficiencies, risk mitigation and supplier management. She has implemented key strategies, lead cross-department teams, developed and delivered training, driven stakeholder engagement and been involved in many value added activities across the organisations she has worked for.


“I am delighted to be joining the NEUPC Board. One of my passions is working collaboratively and I believe this is vital in our sector to meet the many challenges and targets we face. Having worked with the NEUPC for a number of years, I feel I can make a real contribution, both operationally and strategically. I look forward to working with the team”. 


Andy Stephens - Loughborough University



Andy is Director of Finance at Loughborough University, the institution at which he spent four happy years as an undergraduate. Andy took up post at Loughborough in 2012, bringing with him a public sector ethos complemented by broad commercial experience.


He is a passionate supporter of a well-trained, customer-focussed finance team and an alumnus of the LFHE’s Top Management Programme, participating in 2013/14 as part of TMP32.  He now supports the LFHE in improving financial skills in the sector, delivering the strategic finance input to the LFHE’s Top Management Programme and helping shape the future of the programme as part of the TMP reference group.


Away from work Andy is usually surrounded by an enormous dog or is attending 999 medical emergencies as a Community First Responder; in short he is passionate about numbers, professional development and defibrillators!


“I hope that my experience in the private sector and then policing before moving to Higher Education gives me a detailed understanding of value for money. We have recently restructured our procurement function at Loughborough, adopting a category management approach and adopting an innovative shared leadership role with the University of Leicester.  I would be keen to see the sector continue to challenge norms and drive best practice and innovation”.


Phil MacDonald - University of Hull



Phil MacDonald is Director of Finance at the University of Hull, where he has been for 5 years. Prior to that Phil worked for 12 years at the University of Leeds and before that for the NHS in Leeds, Hull and Harrogate. He is a qualified accountant and a Durham MBA. Phil is currently modernising Procurement in Hull in accordance with their PMA action plan, recruiting MCIPS qualified professionals with a clear focus on Category Management.


“I'm delighted to be joining the NEUPC Board, bringing a healthy mix of enthusiasm and experience, and I'm looking forward to working collaboratively to drive through strategic change for the benefit of the sector”. 


Jonathan Jones - University of Birmingham




Jonathan Jones joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as Head of Procurement and Insurance. Jonathan started his procurement career in the Retail Sector and has also worked in procurement for the NHS and Birmingham City Council before taking on his first Head of Procurement role at Wolverhampton City Council in 1999, under the Peter Gershon procurement reforms for the Public Sector in 2005 Jonathan was seconded to regional level to implement the reforms for the West Midlands Region, this covered 38 councils and the Fire Service, the programme led to additional procurement savings for the region of one billion by 2012, many of these were within; social care, energy, construction, professional services and waste etc. the West Midlands programme received a national award and recognition in November 2012.


Following Jonathan's work regionally, he was invited to take up a national secondment to the Local Government Association in Westminster early 2013 to help devise and develop the National Strategy for Local Government Procurement. Since joining the University of Birmingham in October 2013, Jonathan has been able to increase the procurement and insurance team to 26 staff, oversee staff savings that have increased to £16.4 million per annum. The University of Birmingham spend is over £200 million per annum and has delivered many developments for the University in areas such as; outsourcing, reverse auctions, procurement Hub, flexible framework and PMA etc. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has taught the CIPS modules in the past.  


"I am very happy to be joining the NEUPC Board of Directors and look forward to working with my colleagues".