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NHS Supply Chain appoints non-executive Directors
Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE, Steven Glew and Heather Benjamin join the SCCL Board

03 December 2018

NHS Supply Chain is delighted to announce that Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL), the management function of the new NHS Supply Chain and James (Jim) Spittle, Chair of SCCL, have appointed three non-executive Directors (NEDs) to join the Board with effect from today, Monday 3 December 2018.

Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE, Steven Glew and Heather Benjamin will join the SCCL Board as non-executive Directors with each NED bringing a wealth of Clinical, Financial and Commercial experience and expertise to NHS Supply Chain.

Clinical expertise will be provided by Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE, Heather has worked in healthcare for over 30 years, initially trained as a Registered General Nurse, and brings a wealth of experience with her. Currently Chief Executive of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation since 2009, Heather has had extensive non-executive experience with NHS Confederation and most recently the national social care charity, Community Integrated Care.

Financial expertise will be provided by Steven Glew, a highly experienced Finance Director with substantial retail experience particularly of turnaround and growth opportunities including over 10 years at UKMail Group plc and 15 years in senior roles with Tesco. His non-executive experience includes helping guide the successful IPO of Supergroup plc, Chairman of the Audit Committee and membership of the Remuneration Committee.

Commercial expertise will be provided by Heather Benjamin, with proven commercial expertise in logistics and supply chain, leading companies and serving on the Board of Directors for private, commercial and not-for-profit organisations and associations. During her time as, Chief Procurement Officer at Centrica, Heather helped drive transformation of £10 billion per annum spend.

Jim Spittle, Chair of SCCL, said of the appointments, “I am delighted to have such a strong and capable leadership team providing subject matter expertise and robust challenge on the Board. With their extensive clinical, financial and commercial experience I am confident they will help drive the success of the new NHS Supply Chain.”


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Notes to editors

Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE was made Officer of the British Empire for services to Healthcare by the Queen in December 2001. Helen is currently Chief Executive of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. She has extensive clinical experience and has held a wide range of clinical roles including Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Nurse Director of Lothian NHS Board. Helen is currently non-executive Director for Community Integrated Care, a role she has held since 2016 and was non-executive Director of NHS Confederation from 2014-2016.

Steven Glew FCA is an experienced Finance Director with a wide range of experience covering retail, leisure and support services business. This broad experience includes supply chain, property, IT and HR leadership together with International Business development. In 2006 Steven joined UKMail Group plc and in over ten years helped develop the business into the leading competitor to Royal Mail in the UK Postal market. His extensive experience of turnaround and growth situations started in 1994 as Finance Director of Tesco stores where he helped drive their transformation to the leading UK retailer.

Heather Benjamin a proven individual in successfully leading companies and serving on Boards of Directors of private and commercial companies, not-for-profit organisations, and associations including regulated environments. With expertise in logistics and supply chain for international supply chains along with her skills in developing and implementing strategies that grow revenues and funds and are outcome and high performance focussed, will reinforce the commercial expertise currently sitting within NHS Supply Chain. In 2016 Heather was identified as ‘one of the Top 100 Women to Watch’ by Cranfield University research programme.

For further information on the SCCL Board please click on: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10881715/officers

About NHS Supply Chain

All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain supports the National Health Service and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

NHS Supply Chain is managed by Supply Chain Co-ordination Ltd, a limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The management function went live on 1 April 2018 and manages the performance of the 11 category tower service providers along with the logistics and IT providers.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 316,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and surgical equipment. In addition, it can help plan investments in medical capital equipment such as MRI scanners, linear accelerators and patient monitors.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and Social Care and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • Ward based Consumables
  • Sterile Intervention Equipment and Associated Consumables
  • Infection Control and Wound Care
  • Orthopaedics, Trauma and Spine and Ophthalmology
  • Rehabilitation, Disabled Services, Women’s Health and Associated Consumables
  • Cardiovascular, Radiology, Endoscopy, Audiology and Pain Management
  • Large Diagnostic Capital Equipment including Mobile and Services
  • Diagnostic, Pathology and Therapy Technologies and Services
  • Office Solutions
  • Catering, including food
  • Hotel services


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