Director of Procurement Joins Cammell Laird.

21 Jul 2023

Kelvine Tomlinson has been appointed Director of Procurement at Cammell Laird.

He joins from BAE Systems where he worked in senior procurement positions for more than 15 years, on projects such as the F35 programme and Tempest - the UK's Future Combat Air System (FCAS). He also worked extensively in airframe material management.

With a career that has spanned both the private and public sectors, prior to joining BAE Systems he also held senior commercial and procurement positions at HMRC and its predecessor HMC&E.

He said: “It’s an exciting time for the company and the wider maritime sector and helping to drive this period of growth is a challenge I’m really looking forward to. It’s the reason I’m here.”

Hailing from Greater Manchester, Kelvine said he was all too aware of the importance of Cammell Laird’s special place in the industry, history, and in the hearts of local people.

He said: “I think most people know about Cammell Laird’s heritage and its importance to local communities. That was part of what attracted me.”

Providing a snapshot of what his role will involve, he added: “I’ll be focussing on developing a resilient and robust supply chain and identifying, developing and working with our strategic suppliers”.

“In the coming months we’ll be working with our partner Hellios Information to introduce JOSCAR, a collaborative tool that acts as a single repository for compliance information, enabling us to determine if a supplier is ‘fit for business’.

“Governance and compliance act as the gateway to policy, process and procedure. By delivering these hand-in-hand with firm and robust contracts we will ensure risk to our customers is mitigated by way of quality, cost and schedule control”.

Lisa Grant, Group Commercial and Procurement Director, said: “Kelvine brings a wealth of experience and joins us at a time of significant growth. A robust supply chain is integral to that continued growth and right across our businesses we’re bringing in the best people to help drive that forward.”