About us

The tutors as ESSP have all been carefully chosen. Most are FCIPS or MCIPS. Some are examiners for CIPS. All are expert in their units and have a high rate of student examination success.




David Wright FCIPS

David is an experienced consultant working on supply chain, procurement and logisitcs projects. In addition to this role, David has extensive experience in CIPS qualifications, both as a tutor and as an assessor and marker of examination scripts. Priior to his career in education, David worked in several senior startegic procurement roles. David contributes on the Advanced and Professional Diplomas. 

Kevin Hickman FCIPS

Kevin has recently become independent following 11 years as the Group Head of Standards and Product Development at CIPS, as well as being a Fellow of the Institute and member for over 25 years. In 2013 and 2018 Kevin successfully project managed, developed and delivered the CIPS qualifications (v2013 - v2018) and the associated teaching and learning resources to support tutors and learners. Kevin was also responsible for the design, architecture, content of the original Global Standard in Procurement and Supply a comprehensive competency framework for the profession that launched in May 2014.  Kevin is a key CIPS assessor for the Procurement Apprenticeship and for L6M4, one of the Professional Diploma Modules. 

Kevin has written university degree programmes specialising in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Before joining CIPS, Kevin was the lead tutor for CIPS courses at West Suffolk College alongside being a senior assessor and author for CIPS qualifications and is a current assessor for the Royal Anniversary Trust sitting on the panel for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in Higher Education and Further Education. Before a career in education beckoned, Kevin spent 24 years at Royal Mail and the NHS as a procurement practitioner and Senior Category Manager. Kevin will be a key tutor on the CIPS Diploma and on the Advanced Diploma delivering  the Category Management modules. 

Kieran McGregor MCIPS

Kieran is a consultant in procurement and  logistics and an examinations marker for CIPS.

Kieran has worked extensively in global procurement in  Africa , USA and Europe.

Kieran teaches on the Diploma Programme and specialises in relationships, sourcing and business needs.

Students on his programmes gain excellent examination success.

Kerian is the key tutor on the Diploma as well as one of the  tutors on the Advanced Diploma in Procurement and supply. 


Jane Steer MBA

Jane   managed the Suffolk School of Management at West Suffolk College for several   years prior to becoming a free lance training consultant. During her tenure at West Suffolk College the provision for CIPS qualifications flourished and developed into a Centre  of Excellence. She has long recognised the value of CIPS programmes to   procurement teams  which is why she has developed Essex and Suffolk School of Purchasing.

Before setting up the school,  Jane has been working as a freelance consultant  specialising in organisational and management development, focusing on  management skills necessary for improvements in organisational performance.

Before moving into a successful career in education, training and consultancy, Jane worked in a purchasing and management role for a large retailer. Jane delivers the Management in Procurement and Supply on the Advanced Diploma, contexts on the Diploma and supports the Advanced Certificate.

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