Meet some of our executive team
Group Chief Executive Officer
Matthew has had a long-term interest in making businesses more profitable. In the early 1990s, he turned around and sold a leveraged buy-out. In the process, he found that one of the key levers of success in the company's transformation was better procurement. Matthew decided to take this and make a business of it: Proxima, the leading procurement specialist and outsourcer, is the result.
Executive Vice President
Jonathan Cooper-Bagnall is a business leader and entrepreneur, with over 20 years of building and running successful businesses. Jonathan is responsible for the commercial direction of the firm and delivering growth. Prior to joining Proxima, Jonathan led PA Consulting Group’s international consultancy business in shared services and outsourcing, and ran operations in the UK, Central Europe, the Nordics, and the United States.
EVP, Chief Executive Officer - US
Gareth has overall responsibility for our U.S. business. This includes the development of new business opportunities and our strategy to ensure we deliver innovative and consistently high quality services. Gareth brings 18 years' of experience across procurement and professional services. As one of the earliest proponents of the procurement outsourcing market, Gareth has architected and delivered complex procurement solutions for organisations across the globe, working for firms such as PwC and Accenture.
EVP, Client Operations Director
Ed is responsible for Proxima meeting its contractual commitments at the same time as delighting our clients. Ed joined Proxima in 2004, having previously been a CPO for one of the UK’s largest hospitality groups.
EVP, Chief Client Officer
Guy is responsible for key client relationships, advising on procurement strategy and business development across Proxima. Guy joined Proxima in 1996 and was an Account Director for a range of clients for several years. Prior to training as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, Guy studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He is a regular speaker at conferences and commentator on the procurement industry. Guy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
Chief Operations Officer
Clare is responsible for delivering business insight through turning our data into relevant, actionable Management Information. Clare joined Proxima in 2005 and was a Programme Manager for some years before becoming Operations Director. Prior to Proxima, Clare held a series of international roles for Wal-Mart and was responsible for opening up new import markets in the Far East and India for Asda and Wal-Mart Germany. She was also instrumental in launching the Asda small store format across the UK. Clare has also held senior project management roles at American Express Europe.
EVP, Chief Human Resource Officer
Louise is responsible for all aspects of the delivery of our people and recruitment strategy, ensuring that Proxima attracts and retains the best people across the world. Louise joined Proxima in 2012, bringing with her 20 years' of experience in HR. Prior to joining Proxima, Louise was at Accenture, where she held a variety of senior global HR roles, working across outsourcing and consulting.
In the course of his management career, Richard served at IBM, Digital, Andersen Consulting, Exult and AON Hewitt. Today amongst other projects, Richard is Chairman at Genfour, and is a Board Adviser at Blueprism and Ovation Incentives. Richard is also a member of an Advisory Panel serving Welsh Government.