Director of Direct Procurement, Anglian Water Services
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A strong and passionate leader that drives value up and cost down

Karen Thompson is the Head of Direct Procurement at Anglian Water Services Ltd (AWS). An approachable and driven individual Karen is no stranger to procurement having over spent 20 years in a number of roles within the profession and becoming a CIPS graduate member in 2005 and fully chartered in 2018.

Karen prides herself in being able to truly understand her business and stakeholders and translate their needs ensuring value is captured and realised.

A firm believer in continuous improvement profession, she has recently completed a 12 month Advanced Development Programme at Cranfield.    

Karen helps AWAS to drive value through the complete procurement process. She is keenly focused on enabling the business to make the right decisions by delivering solid category strategies and realising the value through contract management and SRM initiatives with her team.

Karen’s current focus is leading the tender process for a new strategic Alliance to support delivery of our Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP). This new Alliance must be place in 2019 to ensure we are set up for success at the start of AMP7.