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Richard Smith

As one of the founders and co-CEO of the BrightSourced Holdings Group ltd, 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 1000 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.