simon leigh

Procurement and Supply Chain Director , Whitbread

Simon is the Group Procurement & Supply Chain Director for Whitbread Plc

Founded in 1742 Whitbread, a constituent of the FTSE 100, is the UK's largest operator of hotels and restaurants, with some of the UK’s most successful hospitality brands, namely Premier Inn, Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Bar & Block & Table Table. Whitbread also has a growing portfolio of Hotels in Germany and the Middle East.

At Whitbread Simon is responsible for all direct and indirect procurement activity, he is also responsible for the physical Supply Chain & Logistics in the UK & Internationally and sits on the Board of the Whitbread International Sourcing Centre in Shanghai, China.

Originally from a manufacturing background Simon moved into Procurement 20 years ago. He spent his first 5 years in varying roles with BAE Systems in the UK & US before progressing his career across a range of sectors including Telecoms, Oil & Gas, Construction, Retail and most recently Hospitality.

Simon is hugely passionate about the role of Procurement & Supply Chain and the way in which we hold a unique position that connects so many parts of our organisations and the opportunity this provides to influence and drive change.