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Richard Smith

Richard has utilised his vast experience of Procurement, Strategic Consulting and General Management to help build and run BrightSourced from inception to the successful business it has become today.

Richard also assumes the role of CEO of BrightSourced Procurement on a day to day basis.

Richard has helped lead successful acquisitions/mergers, as well as investment fund raising rounds throughout his career. More recently completing the acquisition of The Utility Forum and merger with Bank Brokers – www.bankbrokers.co.uk.

Having worked alongside and developed excellent relationships with companies such as Walmart, Poundland, Wilkos and the NHS, Richard understands the challenges and operational business requirements of complex businesses. He has significant experience in providing innovative and sustainable procurement solutions for his clients. From global procurement and supply chain, through to eSourcing, spend analysis and market intelligence, Richard has overseen over 1,000 procurement projects on behalf of the companies he has worked for, and the clients he has served.

Richard gained his first experience of purchasing in blue chip food retail. Since that time his career has spanned senior procurement roles within food distribution companies such as Bidvest and the Compass Group, as well as Operations Director and Managing Director roles within global procurement consultancies operating in the UK, US and Far East.

Richard has a successful track record of business growth and thrives in a fast-paced business environment. He likes to spend his spare time with his wife and two sons along with his loyal labrador Barney. He loves being outdoors – either sailing or camping – and he is also an accomplished tennis player and golfer.

Neil FillbrookNeil Fillbrook FCII

Neil joined BrightSourced as a Non-Executive Director in April 2017 further strengthening the existing Board.

In addition Neil is the Managing Director of Bank Brokers UK and a Group Board Executive for the Holdings Company in Sweden.

Bank Brokers offers banking-related procurement services to companies across Europe and beyond, meaning together BrightSourced can now offer an end-to-end procurement proposition, which is unique in the market.

After 24 years as an international executive with HSBC, Neil left the bank in 2013 to set up Bank Brokers in the UK. Neil’s previous roles included Global Head of Premier, based in HK and Head of Premier & Wealth Management across Europe, based in Paris.

Neil is a Fellow of The Chartered Insurance Institute, a Chartered Insurer and is qualified in Project Management by the British Computer Society.

In his spare time he likes getting out and about with his labrador “Chow”. He also enjoys carp fishing and is a keen runner.

Debbie Postill

Energy Manager and Procurement analyst

Debbie joined BrightSourced as a procurement Analyst in 2017 and was promoted to Energy Manager shortly after to streamline BrightSourced and the newly acquired BrightSourced Energy. She handles the utility procurement along with the day-to-day running of the business.

Debbie lives with her husband Garry and  Birman cats Monty and Bailey. She is a keen cinema buff who loves to travel with one of her favourite places being Bermuda.

 

Lucy Sinclair

Sales Director

Lucy has been with BrightSourced since 2013. She started with the company in     a sales role then progressed into a project management position. When BrightSourced acquired The Utility  Forum in 2017, Lucy’s sales skills were called upon once again to help build the energy side of the business and she is currently enjoying her role as Sales Director.

She is a keen traveller and has enjoyed many backpacking adventures around the world.

Cheryl Parry

Marketing and Procurement

Cheryl began her career with BrightSourced in January 2017 initially being appointed to  support Debbie with utility procurement, but has since progressed into marketing. Nowadays her role comprises of looking after the firms PR, social media, website and marketing activity.  

Cheryl has two daughter and a cat called Winston and loves to visit the lake District with her family.

 

James Dodds

Senior Account Manager

James initially joined Brightsourced as Senior Account Manager for the Discount Retail Channel and was quickly promoted to oversee and look after our Eastern European customers. James works with clients to identify areas for cost savings and builds strategic pipelines of projects. Furthermore he handles the full end to end procurement process to realise and implement these savings.

 James lives with his partner Charlotte and their 2 daughters. He is a keen golfer when he’s not spending time with his family.

Jacky Ward

Accounts Manager

Jacky joined BrightSourced in June 2018 and is responsible for finance and the company payroll. Additionally Jacky supports the co-CEO by collecting, analysing and reporting on financial transactions and decisions as well as being responsible for keeping current with financial regulations and accepted practices.

Jacky lives with her 2 Jack Russell’s Patch and Poppy and husband Phil. She loves nothing more than getting away in her motor-home and travelling the length and breadth of the UK taking in the sights.