Steve is the Purchasing Director of UK-based independent contract caterer Bartlett Mitchell, a position he has held for the last three years.

A caterer by profession, Steve has been a procurement professional for the past 20 years. He started out in the contract catering sector; working his way up from Chef Manager to Operations Manager before his move into Procurement.

As an experienced caterer, one of Steve’s key assets is being able to relate to the people on whose behalf he is procuring. In any food-related business, he believes it’s important to keep chefs in mind when implementing procurement strategies.

Steve also feels his experience in food production and delivery enables him to make informed decisions that work best for the business – not just in terms of price, but also quality and service level.

In his role at Bartlett Mitchell, Steve is also engaged with environmental and sustainable issues.