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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.

Simon SmithSimon Smith

As one of the founders and co-CEO of the BrightSourced Holdings Group ltd, Simon has utilised his many years of financial, commercial and general management experience to help build and run a consultancy specialising in procurement and spend analysis.

Following the acquisition of The Utility Forum (renamed BrightSourced Energy) in 2017, Simon also takes the role as CEO of BrightSourced Energy.

Simon 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 companies such as Walmart, Morrisons, Barratt Homes, The Royal Sun Alliance and the NHS, delivering outsourced enterprise procurement solutions, Simon understands the business requirements of these audiences and is able to create commercial solutions to meet both his customers and his business’s needs.

With a career spanning energy trading, procurement and IT services, Simon is an expert in devising commercial strategies to help organisations deliver fast revenue growth and profitability. Simon has also worked with VC backed businesses to help structure and deliver aggressive global growth plans, which led to several businesses successfully being sold into FTSE and Fortune 100 corporations.

Simon is an accomplished leader and an entrepreneur, and thrives in a fast-paced business environment. He is also kept busy with his three energetic children, as well as a self-confessed adrenaline sports junky and marathon runner.

 

Phil McGuinness
Phil McGuinness

As the Chief Commercial Officer of BrightSourced Ltd, Phil has utilised his many years of working in Senior procurement, commercial and general management positions to deliver cost reduction initiatives and successful complex projects for BrightSourced Ltd clients.

Following the acquisition of The Utility Forum (renamed BrightSourced Energy) in 2017, Phil took on his role as Chief Commercial Officer delivering cost savings solutions for both Procurement Consultancy and Energy clients.

Phil is an accomplished Senior Manager with experience in managing large multi-site Procurement, Consultancy and Commercial teams.

In addition to his love of music and going to concerts, Phil is also a keen sports fan and likes to keep fit by running Half Marathons & Kayaking. Phil has 3 young children and lives with his wife Amy and dog Weller. Phil has a Masters Degree in Management Consultancy and a Business degree from Liverpool University.

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.

John GoodwinJohn Goodwin

John joined BrightSourced as a Non-Executive Chairman in September 2017. He is currently a Non-Executive Director / Chairman at 4 food companies and has held senior roles at HJ Heinz and Mitsubishi.

Having worked at length with some of the world’s largest commercial operations including Walmart, HJ Heinz and Mitsubishi, John has an extensive knowledge of the procurement environment and has fruitfully contributed to the development of successful business strategies since his career began.

He is currently a Non Exec Director/Chairman at 4 food companies, advisor to the world’s largest meat and livestock business, mentor to two senior retail executives and more recently a Non-Executive Chairman of BrightSourced.

John was born in London and has travelled extensively for business with prolonged periods in China, Thailand, Africa and Italy since 1977.

He spends his spare time with his wife, 2 sons and his 3 Granddaughters who keep him busy at the weekends. John enjoys art, literature and a wide variety of sport including football, particularly Arsenal, golf, horse racing and boxing, along with Jazz and Classical music.