Helen Rees MCIPS

Helen Rees MCIPS

Head of Procurement and Contracting, Procurement Manager

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About Me

Apart from procurement, my other passion in life is music (listening to it rather than making it!). Going to live gigs helps blow away the cobwebs from time to time and keeps you young at heart, whatever your age!

COMPANY NAME: Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

JOB TITLE: Head of Procurement and Contracting, Procurement Manager

FUNCTION: Procurement

INDUSTRY: Government & Public Sector

CATEGORY: HR - Generalist



Work experience

Head of Procurement and Contracting

Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

December 2017 - Present | Headquarters, Carmarthen

I have worked in purchasing & supply / procurement since 2002 and became a full member of CIPS in 2008. I am currently Head of Procurement and Contracting with responsibility for managing the corporate procurement function, to include contract management, supply, storage and distribution services for the organisation in order to meet the Service’s strategic and operational objectives. I am also responsible for the provision of professional expertise and the development, review and implementation of all procurement strategies, policies and procedures to ensure that the Service maintains legal and regulatory compliance during procurement activities.


CIPS West Wales Branch

October 2011 - November 2013 ( 2 years, 1 month )

I was elected Chair of the CIPS West Wales branch in 2011 after having been Publicity Officer for the previous two years and I took great pleasure in being involved in the organisation of quality activities for fellow procurement professionals as well as the procurement professionals of the future. It was a voluntary role but was very rewarding as I enjoyed sharing my procurement expertise with others.

Procurement Manager

Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

April 2009 - Present

I was promoted to Procurement Manager in 2009 and at that time I took over the management of the Purchasing and Supply function which includes the main Stores and Transport Stores. I have always been passionate about my career and take great satisfaction from developing myself and being able to mentor colleagues who are in the early stages of development so that I can see them grow and flourish within their roles.


University of Glamorgan

NVQ 4 Procurement of Procurement

2007 - 2008

CCTA Carmarthen

Foundation Degree of Management and Business

2005 - 2006