Meet the Team

Tony English - CEO
Tony English is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Purcon.

Tony began his commercial career in Sales and Marketing within the construction industry followed by sales and operation planning in the one of the largest international companies in the toy industry. Here he managed the Demand and Production planning of four internationally based sites in a high volume and very fast moving environment. Firstly taking Business Studies to degree level, he then completed a post graduate course in Operations Research and joined Purcon in 1987 as a Consultant rising rapidly to Senior and subsequently Managing Consultant. Following this he was invited to join the Board taking added responsibility for Marketing. With retirement for the existing management looming, he launched a successful MBO of the business in 1996. After presiding over significant growth in Purcon through to 2001, Tony expanded the business via acquisition in to Europe (Belgium, France and Poland http://purcon.pl) and subsequently via acquisition, into HR recruitment (Resource Innovations). Most recently, Tony has also established Purcon Internaional working in the Lifesciences and Consumer Products sectors operating on mandates at Executive level worldwide.

Tony places most value in his 'people' whom have been recruited from both recruitment and procurement backgrounds to ensure a deep knowledge and understanding of the specialism. An average tenure of 6 years is a testament to the loyalty and commitment displayed within Purcon - unusual in a fast moving, competitive recruitment environment.
This is driven by Tony's management style, to empower and encourage individuals to build effective networks amongst the most talented procurement experts. Undoubtedly the theme he has always aspired to of unswerving customer service, a focus on consultant integrity and mutually profitable relationships still runs through the core of all Purcon stands for as it surpases its 35th year.

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Katy Wallace - Practice Lead

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Joanna Gonzalez - Senior Consultant
Joanna graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010 with a degree in Spanish Linguistic Studies. After travelling around the Americas for six months she joined Purcon in October 2011 as a Resourcer, supporting three consultants in the Procurement team on permanent roles within a range of industries. During this time she also supported the international team on a global recruitment project with a multinational FMCG organisation, placing 15 professionals into the business.

Joanna has progressed into a Senior Consultant role, leading and developing the strategic growth across the Retail and Hospitality sectors and working in partnership with blue-chip clients to develop long-term, successful relationships. She specialises in the recruitment of professionals from mid to Executive level across Procurement and Supply Chain and has built an extensive network of high-calibre clients and top performers in their fields.

Joanna's favourite part of her job is building collaborative relationships by meeting and speaking to professionals across all levels. She loves being part of such a united team at Purcon and is grateful to be constantly learning from other skilled recruiters.

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Hannah Furminger - Senior Consultant
After completing her degree, Hannah worked very successfully in the Travel industry for 4 years, and took the opportunity to spend some time travelling across Asia and Australasia before moving to London.

Hannah started her procurement recruitment career in 2010 initially specialising in placing permanent procurement professionals in Financial Services, Banking and Consultancy.  In 2012 Hannah transferred her previous skills and experience gained into recruiting interim procurement professionals across and range of industries.  

Moving to Purcon in 2014 Hannah was able to add additional expertise to the already successful Interim team specialising in indirect procurement across Financial Services, Banking, Legal Services and Consultancy. Hannah has since added the scope of Direct Procurement to her role.

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Catherine Crowe - Contracts Manager
Catherine joined Purcon in 2001 in the position of Customer Service Advisor after 4 years working for one of the largest Furniture and Fabric Manufacturers as a Credit Controller. After 6 months she progressed into the role of Account Coordinator within the Interim Team, she was keen to become involved in the fast paced recruitment at Purcon. This involved supporting a team of two Consultants with all recruitment activities as well as developing a sound understanding of the Contract Management side of the business.

Over the last 10 years Catherine has developed excellent knowledge of the Interim Contractors and Client base within Procurement. Once the department grew Catherine moved solely into the role of Recruitment & Contracts Coordinator and took on the challenge to improve the Contract Management process at Purcon.
Catherine understands that deadlines are vital to contractors regarding payments and contracts, as is transparency and clarity. Over the years her role has evolved with the ever changing legislation that impacts recruitment - particularly contractors. "I ensure we are ahead or at least on time with any market changes and that we and our contractors are compliant."

Catherine has become a key advisor and point of contact to our contractors. "Purcon is the longest established in its field, a small but proactive Company working with a diverse range of clients on a UK and Global basis. Internally Purcon has a fantastic team spirit which I enjoy being part of."

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