Meet the Team
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Laura Gillson joined the PPSA in November 2019 as a Category Manager.
After graduating from University, Laura pursued a career in the private sector, working as a retail Buyer for The Range. There she gained over 7 years of procurement experience before moving to the public sector.
Laura's portfolio currently includes:
- Breast Prosthesis
- Blood Gas Analysers
- Blood Glucose Meters
- Urine Test Strips
- HbA1C Tests
- MAS (Minimal Access Surgery)
Tracie Dawson MCIPS
Tracie Dawson is a Category Manager who joined the PPSA in November 2009.
Tracie has 15 years service in the NHS, previously within the Human Resources arena. In 2005 Tracie took a career change from Human Resources Management to Procurement when she commenced work in the Procurement Team, Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, as an Assistant Buyer. Tracie was shortly promoted to Buyer for Theatres, Surgery and the HSDU Directorate. The role encompassed working closely with key stakeholders procuring a wide range of goods and services including capital purchases.
Tracie work spans a number of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Homecare projects.
Tracie is CIPS qualified.
Laraine Cheetham MCIPS
Laraine Cheetham is a Category Manager who manages PPSA contracts and tender activity, engaging with lead clinicians, conducting supplier and product rationalisation programmes with consideration to added value and ongoing support at individual PPSA member Trust level.
Laraine’s portfolio includes, but is not limited to:
Orthopaedic bone cements and mixing systems
Protective head gear
Blades and burs (for orthopaedic power tools)
Minimal Access Surgery (MAS)
Prior to joining the NHS Laraine worked for the Devon & Cornwall Probation Area, based at the head office in Exeter. During her employment the role developed from varied administration duties for the Finance and Personnel Department into a specialised procurement position, resulting in Laraine obtaining full Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) membership.
Gary Turner MCIPS
Gary Turner is a Category Manager working primarily on corporate projects, but he also supports various other tenders and contract management, as required.
Gary’s portfolio includes, but is not limited to:
Various Bespoke Agreements
PACS / RIS
Prior to joining the PPSA in November 2003, Gary began his career in the Chemical Industry as a stock controller. Whilst at this company he was also part of the implementation team for a European-wide stock management and finance IT system. He then joined a legal stationery company as a Buyer. When this company was bought by the market leading company, he transferred to the parent company as Group Purchasing Manager, with overall responsibility for all contracts and procurement. He was also responsible for content in the company sales catalogue. After a couple of successful years, Gary joined the NHS with Healthcare Purchasing Consortium (now HealthTrust Europe) in the West Midlands as a Non-Medical Buyer and achieved significant cost reductions in a number of areas.
Gary is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
Kathleen Dennis MCIPS
Kathleen is Head of Medical, Surgical & Non Clinical Procurement and joined the PPSA in September 2003.
Kathleen’s specific categories are Pathology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Endoscopy and Radiology and she was instrumental in the introduction of the Pathology Managed Equipment Service for the PPSA member Trusts.
Prior to joining the NHS, Kathleen worked for several multi-national companies in the private sector.
Commencing in 1982, she undertook a variety of procurement roles at Toshiba Consumer Products (UK) Ltd buying and scheduling high value electronic components for the television manufacturing industry. She left Toshiba as a Buyer in 1997 to join Invensys Climate Controls Ltd as a Senior Buyer. Here, Kathleen progressed to Purchasing Manager, managing the Purchasing team and the Supplier Quality Assurance team. As part of the European division Kathleen managed specific commodities for the whole of the European operation. Kathleen left Invensys in 2001 to join Princess Yachts International Limited as a Supplier Development Manager. Her role here was to improve their supply chain by implementing kanban and lineside delivery procedures, incorporating new systems to facilitate them and introducing a supplier performance development programme.
Kathleen gained graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in 1996 and was CIPS Devon and Cornwall Branch Treasurer from 1998 until she resigned the position in 2005.
Jack is the part of the Performance and Finance team and is based at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (Heavitree). He joined in February 2021 as a Business Support Analyst providing analytical support to the PPSA team.
Jack's main responsibilities are:
Monthly Internal Reporting
Maintenance of Excel databases containing all contract finances
Analytical support to Category Managers
Prior to working for the NHS, Jack worked for Debenhams as a Senior Finance Assistant..
Sharon Murphy MCIPS MSc
Sharon manages and supports various tenders and contract management within the Clinical Care portfolio which includes, but is not limited to:-
Enteral Feeds for Devon & Cornwall
Enteral Feeds for Dorset & Somerset
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Patient Transport - Qualified Crews
Pharmacy – Total Parental Nutrition
Pharmacy Automation - Robots & Cabinets
Prior to joining the PPSA Sharon held a variety of management posts within procurement in NHS Wales for over 25 years covering aspects including Local Procurement, Supply Chain and Capital. Sharon enjoys working closely with stakeholders and providing best value to the NHS.
Sharon is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and holds an MSc in Procurement.
Andrea Nicholls is a Senior Category Assistant. Andrea’s role includes analysing data, assisting in the preparation of tender documentation, dealing with suppliers and providing administrative support.
Andrea provides support on the following areas:
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
Imported unlicensed medicines
Andrea graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Architecture in 2006 and prior to Andrea commencing employment with the PPSA in September 2009, she worked as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant in Plymouth.
In 2013, Andrea attended the Health Care Supply Association Procurement Development Programme and she is now looking to start studying for CIPS level 4.
Alison is the part of the Performance and Finance team and is based at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (Heavitree). Alison provides financial, analytical, governance and performance support to the PPSA.
Alison’s main responsibilities are:
Monthly internal reporting
Monthly budget reconciliation, calculation of charges and monitoring of expenditure
Circulation of Savings Forms to Trusts
Provision of support to buyers where more complex Excel skills are required for tender evaluations or contract monitoring
Financial evaluation of suppliers at EOI stage
Finance support for the e-Enablement project
Prior to working within the NHS, Alison worked for Aviva Insurance, providing analytical support to the Commercial team on household buildings and contents claims. She has also worked for Aioi Insurance Management as an Accountant producing the monthly financial and management accounts and for AXA Insurance as a Financial Reporting Accountant producing regulatory returns.
Alison is a part qualified ACCA Accountant.
Jo Rossiter MCIPS
Jo Rossiter is a Category Manager. Jo manages a number of tenders and contracts and also supports Kathleen Dennis (Senior Category Manager) on the Pathology Managed Service.
Jo’s portfolio currently includes:
Prior to working for the PPSA, Jo worked for Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust for 13 years. Commencing in 1991, she undertook a variety of purchasing roles covering a number of commodities including service and maintenance, office solutions and medical and surgical.
In 2002 Jo was part of the team awarded with the Kelly’s Award for Purchasing Excellence (Government and Health category) and more recently in 2010, led her team to win the category of Best Impact on Productivity from NHS Improvement.
Jo is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
Fiona Malloch MCIPS
Fiona Malloch is a Category Manager and her role involves leading tenders and managing contracts.
Fiona’s portfolio includes:
Cytotoxics & CIVAS Drugs
Medical Gas Cylinders
Pharmacy Specials & Unlicensed Medicines
Pharmacy Technical Services
Fiona joined the PPSA in September 2013 and brought with her over 14 years procurement experience across different disciplines within both the public and private sectors. Her experience includes 9 years working as a Category Buyer for the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (medical and non-medical), first tier automotive procurement for Hella UK and as a Buyer for the national retailer Fired Earth. Fiona is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
Davina Mortimer BSc (Hons) MCIPS
Davina is Head of Pharmacy & Clinical Services Procurement, managing a team of staff responsible for delivering contracts and realising savings and efficiencies across a broad spectrum of areas.
Davina worked at Southampton Hospitals NHS Trust as a Contracts Negotiator until she left to travel the world. On her return she moved back home to Devon and was appointed to the PPSA in May 2002. Davina began as the PPSA Procurement Lead for Pharmacy and built up the successful Pharmacy Stakeholder Group. She has led work not only for the PPSA but also across the whole of the South West and has a good track record for realising significant savings and efficiencies.
In her current role she is responsible for delivery of a variety of PPSA areas, including Pharmacy.
Davina has led many contracts, especially Pharmacy Homecare projects, which provide and administer patients with their medicines in the comfort of their own home. These projects are often complex in nature with a requirement to involve both Acute Trusts and Commissioners in order to ensure a fully integrated approach.
Davina graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology. She is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and has completed the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) qualification level 5.