BiP's Board

Ron Burges

Founder and Executive Chairman of BiP Solutions

Ron founded BiP Solutions in 1984 to publish the UK’s first directory of public sector contract opportunities, Contrax Weekly. Prior to this he had a successful career in the motor and cleaning trades. He was CEO of the company since its creation, before becoming Executive Chairman during a business restructure in May 2012. Ron is also an accomplished writer on procurement issues and a speaker and presenter at conferences nationally and internationally. He now focuses on the strategic direction of the company and its expansion into new markets.


Simon Burges

Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined BiP in 1998 working in a variety of roles with a particular focus on growing and developing our Events and Exhibitions portfolio. Following a period as Sales & Marketing Director, he moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer of the BI Division in May 2012 and was appointed CEO of the business in May 2016.

As CEO, Simon has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and operational success of the organisation, is a member of the Executive Board and chairs both the Operational and Steering Boards.


Linda Andrews

Group Finance Director

Linda joined the business in 2011 as Finance Director, bringing with her a proven track record of managing finance functions in the UK and overseas, including with NCR Corporation and the AIM listed, Maxima. She moved to the role of Chief Financial Officer in May 2012 and in May 2016, was appointed to the position of Group Finance Director, with responsibility for the Group Portfolio.

Linda’s remit includes developing strategies for future growth, including acquisitions.


Dr. David MacDonald

Operations & Efficiency Director

David joined BiP in 2009 as IT Director, having previously held the position of Development Director with Sun Gard. This role was expanded in May 2012, when he was appointed Chief Information Officer with responsibility for all IT and Operations.

In May 2016, David moved to the role of Operations and Efficiency Director where in addition to IT and Operations, his remit now includes Research and Distribution, with a focus on driving operational efficiencies across the organisation.


Scott Smith

Global Commercial Director

Scott joined BiP in 1999, working in a number of IT roles before being appointed IT Director. He moved to the role of Commercial Director in 2004 with responsibility for establishing and growing the international consultancy arm of the business. Since leading the Commercial business unit, BiP has led a number of international projects including Kenya, Kosovo, Montenegro, UAE and more recently, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Scott moved to the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Global Services Division in May 2012 before becoming Global Commercial Director in May 2016.


Grahame Steed

Managing Director, Media & Marketing Solutions

Grahame joined the business in 2003 as Production Director with responsibility for the multi-disciplined media and production department, including Content; Research and Distribution. Prior to that, he worked in various senior editorial and publishing roles for the media company EMAP plc.

Grahame was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the BI Division in May 2012 and became Sales & Marketing Director in May 2016 with overall responsibility for driving revenues through our private and public sector sales, marketing and events teams.

In January 2017, Grahame was appointed Managing Director of the Media and Marketing Solutions division of the BiP Group. In this role he assumes overall responsibility for two of BiP Group’s recent acquisitions – Pro Mark Media and Ingenium – as well as BiP Solutions’ events and training portfolio.


Peter Gillespie

Sales & Marketing Director

Peter Gillespie joined BiP in January 2017 as Sales and Marketing Director bringing with him decades of experience in business innovation and leading large sales and marketing teams primarily within the digital media sector.

Prior to joining the business, Peter’s previous roles included Sales & Marketing Director of Newsquest (Herald & Times Group) Ltd; Managing Director of talk107 Ltd (UTV Radio Group); Sales & Marketing Director of Search Consultancy plc, as well as Director roles with a number of smaller digital businesses and start-ups.

Peter’s remit includes driving all commercial revenue sales and marketing activity and strategy across our Business Intelligence services, including Tracker, DCI and Delta E-sourcing.


Non-Executive Directors

BiP’s Non-Executive Directors advise on our business processes and strategies to help us meet our objectives.


Jim McPhillimy

Jim is MD, Enterprise for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), a FTSE 100 listed company with nearly 17,000 employees based in Perth, Scotland. He joined SSE in 1995 and has been a member of their Executive Committee/Management Board since 2003. Jim is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was Chairman of one of Scottish Enterprise’s five Regional Advisory Boards (Tayside) for 6 years until 2014.


Alan Stewart

Alan is a Senior Executive at Cenkos Securities plc’s Scottish office. His areas of specialty include Energy and Technology and he is also a Non-Executive Director of Thistle Pub Co II plc and Thistle Pub Co III plc. He has advised many companies, from both the UK and abroad, on flotation and other aspects of the various UK stock markets. His particular focus at BiP Solutions is to help guide the company through the financial aspects of its continued development.


Strategic Advisory Board

Our Strategic Advisors are leaders in their field and provide expert industry advice and guidance to help BiP achieve our strategic goals in the market.


Professor Duncan Eaton


Duncan has over 40 years’ experience in public sector and civil service management and procurement, operating at chief executive level for 16 of those years. He established and was CEO of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency between 2000 and 2006. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Health Care Supply Association and is a recipient of lifetime achievement awards from both Government Opportunities (GO) and the Health Care Supply Association. He also received the Swinbank Medal from CIPS.


David Smith CB

Central Government

David has had a 40 year career within the public sector, 26 of which were spent in public procurement. He spent 11 years as one of the UK Government’s most senior and influential Commercial Directors at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and has served as Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the UK Government. He has advised governments around the world on procurement strategy and was elected President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply and a member of its Board of Management and Council. David was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 New Year Honours.


Les Mosco


Les joined BiP Solutions’ Strategic Advisory Board in June 2015 following seven years as the most senior procurement professional in the Ministry of Defence. Les has 40 years’ experience in business. He rose to a senior position in British Coal’s supply department followed by senior acquisition and board positions in banking, oil & gas, rail, renewable power and central government. In 1995 he was elected the youngest ever President of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

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