A team of 50 experienced NHS procurement and contract management professionals
For more than 25 years, our team has been helping NHS Trusts to plan, procure and manage their contracts and equipment. To date, they’ve delivered over £200m in savings.
The team has all the experience you’ll need to drive savings and improve value. From procurement consultants to tendering experts and data analysts to negotiators, they know exactly where value leaks away and how to stop it.
Our Founder and CEO, Peter has overseen the company’s transformation from the UK’s first dedicated leasing consultancy in 1989, to a business of 50 people that has saved the NHS over £200M and which now has ambitious plans to move into new areas and new sectors. A keen and (very) competitive sportsman, Peter still pulls rank to make sure he is selected up-front for the Lifecycle football team. He has recently published a book, ‘Cycling down the Street’, about his various bike rides across Europe, and is keen to tell just about anyone that it is available from Amazon in hard copy and download.
As our Director of Finance and HR, no two days are the same for Erin. As one of our longest standing members of staff, Erin’s wealth of experience ensures both our finances and our team are well looked after. Never far from her HP12C or the employee handbook, Erin is kept very busy. Life at home is no different with two active young sons. When Erin does find a spare moment she can be found running or keeping fit.
Our IT Director, Simon and his team of 7 are responsible for developing and supporting our OPTIMiSe systems, used both to support our clients and to manage our entire business. No pressure there then, Simon! Having spent some of his early career working in Japan, Simon is an avowed Japanophile. Thankfully, however, we are yet to see his kimono.
Neil is our Operations Director and has responsibility for ensuring we deliver an excellent service to our clients. Outside of work he enjoys keeping active by playing five-a-side football, squash and walking in the Oxfordshire countryside. Neil is also an Oxford United supporter, which isn’t as relaxing!
Our Commercial Director, Jon is responsible for service delivery across all our divisions. Having been with the company for more than 15 years, and worked across all of our services, he is perfectly positioned to do this. We asked Jon about hobbies but, with two young boys, Jon has his hands full!
Following years of working for the business as a consultant, including the original launch over 25 years ago, Mike has joined the company as Marketing Director. Outside work, Mike loves reading, playing snooker and eating out. And, since sending him to doggie Boot Camp recently, he also enjoys walking his (almost obedient) dog.
James has joined the board to represent GPE Capital Partners, our investors and new partner. A qualified accountant, James has been instrumental in the restructuring the business and is focused on helping us grow into new sectors and new markets.
We were sorry to see James leave in 2008, but thrilled he has re-joined us from one of the Big Four consulting firms having built up ten years’ experience in procurement consultancy. James has a wealth of experience in leading procurement, supply chain and cost reduction initiatives – both internationally and across the UK.
Andy is one of our Procurement Managers. Working on high-value contracts, Andy’s job is to ensure that he gets the best deals for our clients on their maintenance contracts, often including full tenders. At home, Andy is kept busy renovating his house and spending time with his young family.
Jade works in our procurement team providing support to our procurement managers. Outside of work Jade has a number of pastimes. Travel is high on Jade’s agenda with the tropical paradise of the Bahamas being her favourite destination so far. Jade describes herself as an “animal lover and car enthusiast” having attended a number of car shows in her native South Africa before moving to the UK.
Steph is one of our Account Managers responsible for ensuring that our Trusts receive the very best from us. Having spent over four years as a Contract Coordinator with us, she has a wealth of experience . Steph is an excellent baker but this hobby has had to take a back seat for a while as Steph is busy training for a half-marathon.
Sara is our Account Director and works tirelessly to ensure that our Trust clients receive the very best service. Sara grew up in Australia where she started her career working for the Australian government. When she’s not at work, Sara’s a keen photographer, a hobbie she combines with her other favourite pastimes wherever possible – music and socialising.
Sylwia is one of our Service Delivery Coordinators and is responsible for supporting our Procurement Managers and Contract Coordinators. Sylwia is very active; the only way to keep her sitting still is either a good book or a film. Sylwia spends a large amount of time in the gym. She’s also an animal lover and spent over two years working with birds of prey and owls.
With a wealth of experience in contract and procurement management Catherine, as manager of our Service Delivery Support team, is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our service to clients. When Catherine’s not at work she loves cooking to relax and spending time with her family. Catherine also loves reading, but has recently been banned from bringing any more books home by her husband, so has bought a Kindle instead.
Lucy is our Team Support Coordinator working to support our team of contract coordinators. Formerly the contracts team manager, her wealth of knowledge and experience ensures she consistently achieves best value for our clients when procuring and managing contracts. Lucy’s favourite activity outside of work is shopping. However, having recently had a baby, this has taken a back seat in recent months. Instead baby clubs, soft play and batch cooking are all top of the agenda. There’s always online shopping, hey Lucy?!
After several years as a key member of our Leasing team, Tom is now our newest recruit in the Account Management team. Tom is responsible for ensuring that our Trusts receive the very best from us. Outside work, Tom has a keen interest in sports, with a passion for on and off-road biking.
Lee is a Contract Coordinator, responsible for procuring and managing maintenance contracts on behalf of our clients. With two young daughters, most of Lee’s spare time is quickly gobbled up. However, his family have recently started collecting board games and so we wish him luck putting hotels on Park Lane!
As one of our Account Managers, Jo is responsible for ensuring our customers receive the very best from us. An avid Liverpool FC supporter, Jo loves going to comedy and music gigs. She’s a seasoned traveller too having visited over 50 countries at the last count. She’s keen to add to this and is looking forward to a chat with Simon Hooper, our IT Director and resident Japanophile, to get some tips on Japan.
Lee is one of our most experienced Contract Coordinators, responsible for procuring and managing maintenance contracts on behalf of our clients. A doting father, Lee loves nothing more than spending time with his two children (Alfie and Ava). Highly creative, Lee has a passion for photography and re-finishing old items of furniture, transforming them into beautiful pieces. In the little time he has left, Lee enjoys playing playing football, swimming and organising charity events.
Russell works in our IT team as a Web Developer, so his role is vital to the development of our online systems. Previously Russell worked for a company developing online HR solutions. When not staring into his computer screen, Russell can be found out on the football pitch or embracing new music at gigs and festivals.
Andrew works in our Service Delivery Support team helping to ensure that our customers receive the highest level of support. With a background as an analyst, part of Andrew’s role is to produce reports and manage contract administration. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his children, watching films and playing video games.
Before joining Lifecycle, Peter worked for several blue-chip technology organisations, helping their clients assess, agree and implement successful projects. Peter has a great ability to identify business drivers, focus on the key issues, and concentrate on taking the right steps to move projects forward. He is looking forward to bringing these skills to bear for Lifecycle clients. Peter is always interested in making new acquaintances, especially if it involves talking about British sports cars.
Lauren works in our Service Delivery Support team ensuring our customers receive the highest level of support. When she’s not at work, Lauren enjoys listening to rock music. When she’s not at a gig, Lauren can be found spending time with friends and family or watching films. As a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Lauren did her first sky dive last year and also likes the odd bit of zorbing. She’s keen to add to her list so watch this space.
Julie is one of our most experienced Contract Coordinators, responsible for procuring and managing maintenance contracts on behalf of our clients. After relocating to Devon 8 years ago; Julies loves nothing more than a brisk walk on the moors with her husband, two children and their westie dog Poppy. This is usually followed by a visit to one of many Dartmoor pubs to thaw out from the cold!
Lekka is one of our Senior Procurement Managers as well as the longest-standing member of our Procurement team. Lekka has a wealth of Procurement knowledge and experience gained from her years of working in the Procurement team which is put to good use when managing large value tenders and negotiations on behalf of our clients. When Lekka is not at work she is kept busy looking after her little boy and working towards her MCIPS qualification.
Georgia works in our Leasing Team as a Portfolio Manager and is particularly involved with the procurement of new leases on behalf of our clients. In Georgia’s spare time she likes nothing more than spending time with her two beautiful nieces or catching up with friends over a glass of wine or two!
Niki is our Finance Manager, responsible for all the company accounts. She is also in charge of managing the needs of the office from stationery to vital pints of milk for the tea break. With three almost grown-up children, Niki is starting to reclaim her social life and now enjoys swimming, cinema trips and playing for a ladies cricket team, which just happens to be linked to the village pub!
Jan is one of our Portfolio Managers working in our Leasing team. Having spent four years as a Contract Coordinator in our Contract Lifecycle team, Jan has a wealth of experience in providing excellent service to our clients. Outside of work Jan enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in sports, reading, gardening and lots of other fun activities.
Deb is one of our Service Delivery Coordinators, providing invaluable support to the business. Deb has lived in Oxford for 20 years now and along the way acquired a husband, two cats and a tortoise. She is a member of an enthusiastic, but largely unsuccessful pub quiz team. When not quizzing, Deb can be found DIY’ing and being creative using her trusty sidekick YouTube.
One of the Senior Procurement Managers focused on procuring high-value maintenance contracts, Lesley loves nothing more than meeting new people and developing her skills. Her energy allows her to combine being a mother of her teenage son with her love of healthy living. Whether it be learning about nutrition, getting totally hooked on Crossfit or running and cycling, Lesley is always on the go. Lesley once claimed her 15 minutes of fame, when she appeared on the television in an episode of ‘To Buy or Not to Buy’.
Marina works in our IT team as a Software Tester and her role is to look after the quality of our online systems. Marina came from Latvia where she worked for a large software development company that provided IT solutions and services to financial institutions. When Marina is at home she loves to spend time with her children, and on the odd occasion she has a spare moment she likes reading and going to concerts and the theatre.
One of our Contract Coordinators, Amy is responsible for procuring and managing contracts to achieve the very best value for our clients. Despite hailing from Gateshead, Amy dislikes football and Newcastle Brown so believes she isn’t a very good Geordie! Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her friends and her cat earning her a reputation amongst her friends as a bit of a ‘cat lady’.
Lead developer for the OPTIMiSe systems that drive our whole business, Lee is a valued member of the IT team. Since arriving at Lifecycle many years ago, Lee is now married with two young children. And, like many young men thrust into fatherhood, Lee has suddenly developed a passion for golf. Of course we believe him when he insists it’s just for the fresh air and not an exercise in escapism.
Judy works in our Service Delivery Support team ensuring our customers receive the highest level of support. When she’s not at work, Judy is busy working towards a BA Hons in Criminology and Law. Everyone deserves some down-time though. When Judy does put down the books she enjoys relaxing with friends and family, watching films and spending time with her three Guinea pigs.
As one of our Portfolio Managers in our Leasing team, Alex is responsible for looking after our clients, particularly with the procurement of new leases. When Alex isn’t working he enjoys most things sporty and can often be found socialising (unfortunately not as often as he’d like!).
One of our longest serving employees, Laura is our Head of Leasing Service Delivery and manages tendering, structuring and administration for our lease management service. Keeping almost 35 retained clients happy with our service takes most of her time but Laura made the smart move and married a chef. She also has three lively boys but she doesn’t need to worry about being home in time to cook their tea. How the other half live….
After gaining a wealth of knowledge working in our Procurement team, Michelle has been seconded to the role of Contracts Team Manager to cover maternity leave. Michelle is responsible for overseeing the procurement and management of our clients’ contracts. Michelle enjoys downtime exploring the Oxfordshire countryside with her dog, spending time with her family and friends and watching films. And after visiting Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, Michelle is looking forward to more travelling.
A proven approach
Our approach combines expertise, insight and state of the art technology (including our online platform, Optimise) to deliver best value today and tomorrow.