Lesley Kippax on her first 30 days at Attain

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I started my career at Leyland DAF Trucks and was placed in the Supply Chain Team. Shortly after starting and a re-structure, I was offered a job in the Central Procurement Team. The trips to Eindhoven were exciting and I was given the opportunity to start the CIPS course, and qualified in 1992. I learnt what procurement and supply chain was all about, which was great!

At Leyland DAF I mainly procured  “C” class items and brought in Kanban systems and embraced TQM systems,  the job grounded me well for a career in procurement, and I met Princess Diana!

I spent the next 12 years in the private sector in manufacturing roles of increasing responsibility with BAe Systems, working on the Hawk, Nimrod and Euro Fighter in Direct Materials.

I decided in 2004 it was time for a change and I was successful in gaining a role as a Senior Category Manager with the Manchester NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, I worked with all the NHS Trusts in Great Manchester, I worked on the National Laundry and Linen contract with PaSA and other FM categories, firstly to aggregate volume and spend from all the trusts and to develop sourcing strategies.

The role developed into work with the PCT’s and soon I was seconded to the Commissioning Business Service were I worked on a wide range of purchased Health Care Services, some award winning! it is here I first met Mark and Struan who supported some of the Manchester projects. So fast forward, to more recent times I have worked as an interim contractor and consultant as Head of Procurement at The Walton Centre and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and the last four years with Capita Procurement Solutions mainly with local authorities.  In the new age of procurement my work has been with joint commissioning organisations looking to integrate services. A recent project involved the procurement of Leisure Services with Public Health Outcomes, turning a cost budget into revenue generating, using the PHoF as our central requirements setting and the Sport England Toolkit – hybrid project if ever I’ve seen one.

Outside of work, I live with my partner in Garstang and as he is a keen golfer I took it upon myself 3 years ago to learn to play golf I think the learning will never end!  I joined Lancaster GC last year with the golf and the social side its quite busy. I have a son and two girls, and we have a little PugaPom called Bobbi.

How have your first 30 days been at Attain?

My first 30 days have been very welcoming and with some variety in terms of the work I have been involved in. My first 4 days were part of my induction process and I was lucky enough spend some time with key people at Attain, who have given me an insight into projects they are working on. I attended the Company Meeting in Manchester which was a really good day and a chance to meet a lot more colleagues, and learn about the business. I have also had a buddy who I have spoken to weekly and has been incredibly helpful, as have my colleagues in the wider team. I have also been catching up with people in the NHS and getting my knowledge up on all the latest strategies and work that is happening in and around the whole health system.

What attracted you to Attain?

I have known about Attain for some time, and what I had read and re-searched showed me they are a professional and health system focused business. I do get a real buzz and sense of satisfaction working on health and social care projects, and wanted to do that with a company that shared my own values and work ethics and who would both seek development and allow me to develop opportunities.

What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?

Having the network, backup, systems, documents and expertise right there with you.

There is a very good sense of “team” and everyone wants to help as much as they can and we use each other’s strengths and support any weaknesses.

What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?

I’d like to grow both my commercial and subject matter health and social care expertise and knowledge with Attain and work on some interesting projects that deliver real benefits and outcomes for people. I’d like to be part of business development with Attain and support any areas of growth in the Northwest for the business.