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KATHLEEN HARMESTON

Location

London

Sector/s

Business Services, Government, Healthcare, Management Consulting, Professional Services, Public Sector
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About KATHLEEN

Kath is a bold, creative and energetic Business Transformation Advisor and Non Executive Director with over 20 years coaching and delivery experience at C Suite Level.

Kath began her career in industrial research and moved into commercial roles in her late twenties. Her thirties were spent developing a career in management consulting, earning a reputation for being a disruptive leader, with expertise in designing and delivering innovative, mutli-functional procurement change programmes across a range of sectors and countries, determined to develop a Function, which was considered subservient across Industry to Operations and Marketing.

She was promoted to Partner in her late thirties on the back of award winning programmes within Retail and Defence. Kath’s unique skills in managing clients and their stakeholders, as well as internal objectives, budgets and consulting teams were applied to her next career move into Executive roles, in order to raise the profile of spend and supply management to Board Level.

Non Executive and Advisory roles were a natural progression for Kath, based on her experience in designing and delivering transformational change effectively, compliantly and quickly in Public Sector environments, entwined with many conflicting policies processes and practices.

She currently works on private sector start up projects and is an Advisory Board member for Breaking Barriers Innovations.

Kath is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators. She is also a volunteer St Leonards NHS Hospice in York.

Core Competencies:

• Design and delivery of innovative and profit enhancing strategies;
• Change management facilitation across complex organisations and diverse cultures;
• Global sourcing and collaboration;
• Cross functional team management and education;
• Stakeholder and communication management;
• Complex contracts management and negotiations (with public procurement regulation expertise);
• Advanced supplier relationship management;
• Through life costing processes and rapid, effective cost reduction for mutli-million spend portfolios;
• Innovation;
• Board advisory services;
• Risk and compliance.

KATHLEEN's Career History

January 2018 - Ongoing
Breaking Barrier Innovations (BBI)

Advisory Board Member