People

It is essential to us that we recruit and retain the best talent in both procurement and commercial expertise. We have developed a passionate and motivated workforce who take action to achieve results and go the extra mile for our customers.

We make sure that all of our procurement team are either members of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) or studying towards gaining the qualification. 

Meet our Board:  

Paul Kennedy, Chief Executive

Paul is the Chief Executive of Inprova Group and has a long pedigree in the successful development and growth of companies across a wide variety of sectors.  He joined the business in February 2008 and subsequently led a management buyout in the same year, despite the turmoil in the financial markets at that point.  Since then, he has steered the organisation through a period of rapid growth and expansion, all guided by his absolute focus on the two things he is passionate about in business – organisational culture and an understanding of the customer.  He has also held a number of non-executive roles in companies across a diverse range of industries and the third sector.

Following a career in the Civil Service, where Paul was involved in the Government's market testing programme during the 1990s, he joined a division of Hays plc in 1997. Having successfully grown their Public Sector Division over a seven year period by over 150%, Paul left to join A4e, a privately owned international training business and the leading ‘welfare to work' provider in the UK. Under his leadership, his teams focused on successful new market entry and the turnaround of existing Divisions within the Group.  More latterly, Paul was Managing Director of Redstone Converged Solutions, part of Redstone Plc, the AIM listed ICT Company, where he led a successful turnaround of a failing business.

Paul is a qualified Chartered Director and Chairman of youth social inclusion charity Positive Futures, based in Liverpool. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the University of Liverpool’s Management School.

In his spare time, his interests largely involve golf and travel – preferably both at the same time!

 

Mohammed Ramzan, Chief Financial Officer

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Mohammed has been CFO of the Inprova Group since joining the business in 2008, having successfully completed the management buyout with Paul Kennedy. Mohammed is responsible for the financial strategy of Inprova and sees the finance function as an integral part of the business and crucial to understanding the drivers for economic success. 

His early career was in private practice where he qualified as an accountant. Having left private practice he has held senior positions with HP, Hays Plc and a number of private equity backed businesses. He also has extensive experience within private equity, on both the buy and sell sides of transactions.

Mohammed holds an MBA and is also a qualified Chartered Director.

In his spare time, his interests include walking and he has recently taken up golf.

 

 

Steve Malone, Managing Director

Steve has held the role of Managing Director since August 2008, having worked for a number of major UK and European organisations. He joined Inprova as part of the MBO team and has led the business through a rapid period of growth, investment and change, shaping the procurement business significantly. He has often worked in turnaround and complex stakeholder environments and has a commitment for creating and delivering value.

Steve has 25 years of experience in supply chain and outsourcing. Having spent ten years with AAH Pharmaceuticals and Lloyds Pharmacy Group, he moved to a division of Hays Plc as Contracts Director, developing key public and private sector business and completing an operational turn-around programme in a number of sites.  Latterly Steve has held a number of senior positions with A4e, ICS and 3M, leading on a range of high profile contracts, both within the UK and globally.

In his spare time he loves to be outdoors, predominantly either golfing or walking.

Steve holds a Master’s degree, is a qualified Chartered Director and sits as a Non-Executive on a number of third sector organisations.

 

 Robert Holt, Non-Executive Chairman

Bob Holt has a background in developing support service businesses. In 1996 Bob bought controlling interest of Mears Group PLC and took the company onto the Alternative Investment Market (AiM) at a market capitalisation of £3.6 million. Bob has been instrumental in growing Mears to revenues of £1 billion and a market capitalisation of £450million. Mears has given significant return to shareholders and was the best performing share over 5 and 10 years. Mears joined the main list of the LSE in 2008.

Today, Bob is Chairman of Mears Group PLC, Inspired Energy plc and DX (Group) plc and a director of a number of other businesses.

 

 

Carl Wormald, Non-executive Director

Carl joined the Inprova Group board in March 2014 following the completion of a strategic private equity investment into the business.

He is also a shareholder and Non-Executive Director on the boards of Music Magpie and Thyson Technology.

Carl is an experienced private equity investor having worked in this area for over 15 years and has sat on over 20 boards as a Non-Executive Director in a variety of sectors including financial services, logistics, retail, engineering, technology and support services.

More recent investments and divestments include ANC, Bifold, British Salt, Metronet, Mountain Warehouse, MaRussia F1 Team, NAH and Thyson Technology.

Prior to moving into private equity in 2000, Carl was the Managing Director of Capita Corporate Finance (CCF), a City-based corporate finance boutique owned by FTSE 100 Capita Group Plc. Before joining CCF he spent eight years at KPMG in Liverpool, Manchester, Perth and London working on audit, transaction services and corporate finance assignments.

Carl qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Liverpool in 1993, having previously graduated from Liverpool University in 1990.

His interests largely revolve around his three young children and his wife, Claire. However, in his spare time he enjoys football (LFC), rugby, running (slowly), playing golf (badly) and travelling.

 

Richard Ibbett, Non-executive Director

Richard is a Non-Executive Director of Inprova Group and is LDC’s representative on the Board. He joined the business in March 2014 when LDC made its initial investment into the company to support its organic and acquisitive growth strategy. Richard currently holds a number of other non-executive roles in LDC investee companies across a diverse range of sectors.

Richard qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA) at Andersen and then subsequently moved to Deloitte where he spent over 10 years in corporate finance advising on private equity and private company M&A transactions in the £20m to £1bn EV range across a broad range of sectors. Richard joined LDC as an Investment Director in 2013.

In his spare time, his interests largely involve football, food and travel.