Warrington-based procurement services provider, Inprova Group has appointed Richard Godsland as finance director and John Bellamy as category manager for construction.
Inprova provides procurement solutions to nearly 1,000 organisations in the housing and local authority sectors. It runs Procurement for Housing, which manages the purchase and supply of over £200 million worth of goods and services for 900 UK social landlords every year.
The business is procurement partner to Building Better, an alliance of 29 housing associations and local authorities increasing the use of modern methods of construction (MMC), and it also manages spend control software provider Valueworks. In 2020, Inprova set up Illumar, an automated data management solution, built specifically for the social housing sector.
Richard Godsland joins from Salford-based build-to-rent developer Placefirst where he was group finance controller and oversaw the business grow from £2m to £25m turnover in just six years. He is a global chartered management accountant with over 15 years’ experience in the retail and construction industries.
In his new role as finance director, Richard Godsland will be responsible for optimising the finance function at Inprova through effective use of technology, communication, processes and systems. This will facilitate strategic and financial guidance, ensuring Inprova’s financial commitments are met.
John Bellamy has over 20 years’ experience in procurement, having held buying roles in aerospace, automotive and retail, dealing with diverse categories of spend. More recently he delivered training for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
As category manager for construction at Inprova, John will support social housing providers to identify and adopt opportunities to use modern methods of construction (MMC) alongside traditional methods, to help them move towards a zero carbon future at pace. He will work with social landlords to improve quality standards and living conditions for their residents, while reducing whole life costs and increasing supply chain transparency.
Richard Godsland, finance director at Inprova said: “I am delighted to join the Inprova family, and have been impressed by the drive, culture and ambition. Their overarching business purpose is to have a positive impact on people’s lives by creating value through strategic procurement and the opportunity to enhance this through initiatives such as net carbon zero and increased data management is very exciting.”
John Bellamy, category manager for construction at Inprova said: “My main motivator has always been to make a tangible difference to people’s daily lives and working at Inprova provides an environment whereby that is the number one concern. Social housing needs to find a viable and sustainable way of overcoming current supply chain problems while ensuring that new homes can be built at pace. Helping to meet these challenges by transforming how the industry adopts new, innovative opportunities is the challenge that I am relishing.”
Steve Malone, CEO of Inprova said: “Housing associations and councils are facing multiple competing pressures around zero carbon, building safety and Covid catch-up. Richard and John, with their significant experience in construction and procurement, will bring real insight to Inprova and play a key role in helping our members meet the challenges ahead.”