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!

 

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. 

 

Mike Reason, Finance Director 

Mike has been the Finance Director of the group since 2018 having held the position of Director of Finance for the Procurement Division since 2012.  He is responsible for managing external financial relationships, developing financial strategy and overseeing the day to day financial function. 

Mike’s early career was spent in a number of businesses including BAE Systems and Redstone PLC where he worked with Paul Kennedy before joining him at Inprova in 2010. Mike also has extensive experience of acquisitions, disposals and due diligence.

Mike is a qualified accountant having completed the CIMA qualification in 2007. In his spare time, he enjoys distance running and open water swimming.

 

Lisa Lynch, Business Support Director

Lisa joined the Inprova Group in June 2012 as Business Support Director having held a number of senior commercial and operational roles in the business services sector, including working for Hays Plc for over 10 years. More recently, she has been an integral part of the integration and senior leadership of the energy businesses, leading as Integration Director for the acquisitions through to the completion of the recent divestment of the energy division at the end of 2018.

As a qualified CIPD professional, Lisa now leads on the people and organisational strategy at Inprova, enabling our employees to develop and grow in a vibrant culture that has an absolute focus on delivering outstanding customer experience.