Meet the Team

Purchasing Support Services commands a wealth of proficient resource. The directors have over 100 years combined experience and the management team have roots in a wide variety of industry.

Shaun Hurley, Managing Director

Shaun has operated in a purchasing role for almost 40 years, covering the retail, cash and carry and the Foodservice market. Over 2 thirds of this time has been spent at Director level. He is known to (and well respected by) all the major suppliers to the Foodservice Market.

Shaun is a competent negotiator from Local, National, Director and Proprietor levels and is familiar with all the intricacies of Purchasing within the Foodservice arena.

In addition to purchasing, Shaun’s other major strengths are financial accounts and a passion for customer service.

Carol Schofield, Operations Director

With over 40 years’ experience in the Foodservice Supply Industry, Carol is adept in procedure and manual writing, Logistics, Health & Safety, Food Safety, HACCP and Purchasing.

Carol led the team that was attributed with being the first in the Wholesale Distribution Industry to be accredited with BS5750. She later advanced this to ISO 9002 on a national level to cover fourteen depots.

In addition to the above, Carol has major strengths in sales, customer service and vendor assessment. She is a fully trained ‘lead assessor’ of quality systems and a trained trainer.

Eddie O’Connor, Development Director.

Eddie has over 30 years purchasing experience at all levels, with particular strengths in Global/Pan European collaborations and e-procurement.

In addition to purchasing, Eddie has considerable experience in the field of logistics and distribution, together with a vast knowledge of sourcing and operations relative to Franchise operators and QSR chains worldwide.

Eddie has held many senior positions in the industry, including CEO and Purchasing Director with two of the most well-known and prestigious global brands on the high street.

Chris Smith, Head of Sales

Having worked in Sales focussed roles for over 20 years, Chris is a very experienced and highly motivated account manager with a proven track record of success in a highly competitive and fast moving trade sector. Chris is professional and conscientious enabling him to maintain highly influential commercial and business relationships with customers at all levels.

Daniel Schofield, Head of Purchasing

With extensive experience of over 15 years working in Customer Services roles, Daniel understands the needs and wants of our Customers and is able to meet these accordingly. Daniel is experienced in managing customers’ expectations dealing with customers at a variety of levels for all sizes of business.

His experience of negotiation shows in all supplier interfaces from new supply arrangement to maintenance of contracts.

Stewart Hurley, Head of Marketing and IT

With a corporate background in IT Maintenance and Project Management Stewart is experienced in the implementation and maintenance of IT systems for large multinational organisations including Barclays, AstraZenica and Unilever. Delivering projects for senior stakeholders on a global scale Stewart is proficient in planning, scheduling and meeting key milestones and deadlines.

Helen Edmondson, Head of Finance

Helen has a great understanding of the Purchasing Support Services model having worked in all areas of the supply chain throughout her career. Beginning in manufacturing, Helen has experience of finance through a variety of roles including management, stock control, ordering and delivery.