Andrew Podd - Director
Qualifications: Law Degree, Professional CIPS exams, Insead Business School.
Previous Employment - Purchasing Manager Colman's of Norwich, Head of Purchasing Britvic Soft Drinks, Purchasing Director Golden Wonder.
Followed by consultancy roles in Health Service Sector, Insurance Sector (Norwich Union), Food industry, Building Industry.
Over last 10 years Andrew has focussed on growing his own business and the development and supply of products to new customers.
William Kirby - Sales Account Executive
He has a background in sales, and has now brought his sales knowledge to helping development new clients and providing new cusomters with lower prices without compromising quality of products supplied to them, and at same time improving lead-times and account management service.
Alexandra Podd - Festival Camping and New Business Development Executive
Further to studying for a good degree at Warwick University, Alex taught English for a year in Italy and has since worked in the fashion industry during London/UK Fashion week. In the Summer of 2013, she was very much involved in leading the team involved in providing camping services at music festivals around the UK and also providing high quality printed materials and promotional merchandise to a number of our customers. In 2014 she gained a distinction in her MA in Fashion and is our in-house expert on both corporate and casual clothing.
George Phillps, Export Director, Grace Foods UK Ltd - Once again, thanks for the amazing turnaround in getting the HSDU's manufactured and sent over to Holland so quickly.
Nyree Chambers, Marketing Director, Grace Foods Ltd - Don't know how you do it, but you always find us a solution and get us the right stuff when we need it.
Will King, King of Shaves, - Well done Andy, great help and many thanks.
Joanna Angel, BurningAngel - Awesome, thanks a big buck, are all you guys in UK as helpful and quick to repsond as your company is, brilliant stuff.
Roxy Parvizi - Lucozade Energy - Everything worked out really well, we had great time at all festivals and especially Latutude, your team went the extra mile for us, superb stuff.
Mark Dalgety - Tea Packers UK Ltd - Great job Andy, we let you down sometimes, but you never let us down, many many thanks!
1980's Law Degree (Hons) and subsequent MCIPS.
Career started at Beecham Products Ltd and Grand Metropolitan and WMTB in roles of Buyer, Senior Buyer, Purchaisng Manager etc.
1990's Senior Purchasing Manager and Manufacturing Management positions held in Reckitt and Colman, Britvic Soft Drinks and Bass Plc and Executive Management Course at INSEAD, France.
2000 onwards - Purchasing Director - Golden Wonder, Purchasing Manager - James Paget University Healthcare Hospital
Created AHPodd Business Services Ltd in Feb 2003, initially specialising in providingconsultancy and interim management postings with, amognst others the following companies:
Developed the business in order to provide a greater range of services and value to customers by providing goods & services as well.
In doing so, managing the supply base is key, and recent sourcing trips have included visits to: China, Oman, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, South America - where we have developed an envious net-work of cost effective suppliers.
Others in the Team include:
Will Kirby - A professional Sales Man and therefore has used his knowledge & experience to help obtain good deals for our customers in areas where he has expert background product knowledge. He now looks after new customer development and some of our key clients as a Key Account Manager.
Alexandra Podd - She has a degree from Warwick University and having already worked in the Fashion industry and teaching in Rome, she is now looking after the Festival Camping side of our business portfolio, by helping to organise events and provide customers with first class service throughout the Festivals, including priovision of extra requirements such as banners, bunting, promotional materials etc