Simon’s background is in the food and hospitality industry. He held senior operations and procurement roles with Mars, PepsiCo and Diageo before joining Compass, one of the world’s largest catering companies, as Supply Chain Director for the UK.
From there he moved to convenience food manufacturer Uniq as Group Procurement Director, working across Europe to restructure its supply chain, before becoming Managing Director for Uniq’s Northern Europe business with responsibility for Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia and Poland.
In 2007, with Emma Kenny, Simon founded Occleve - a specialist procurement consultancy with clients in the leisure, hospitality, financial services and manufacturing sectors. In 2014, together with Emma and Rob Alexander, he set-up Occumen where he is the Managing Partner.
Simon has an MA in Engineering from the University of Oxford.
Emma’s background is in consumer goods and retail. She began her career at Mars and after 5 years as a strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co. held senior marketing positions at Kingfisher, Vodafone and the Automobile Association. This was followed by a spell in executive recruitment with Russell Reynolds before founding Occleve with Simon Atkinson where she was responsible for developing and running the business. Emma now fulfils a similar role at Occumen where she has responsibility for marketing and business development as well as all the support functions.
Emma has an MA in Psychology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the London Business School.
Occumen is proud of its high calibre procurement consultants. While some are permanent members of the Occumen team, others join to bring specialist experience to a specific project or client. We believe that it is the calibre of each team we create that really makes a difference to the success of our projects, so we take time and care to recruit the very best. As well as procurement experience, all our consultants have strong interpersonal and business skills and most also have a blend of consulting and line management experience.
Many of our independent procurement consultants come back to work for us on a regular basis. As a result, the strength and quality of our network gives Occumen a genuine edge, enabling us to provide consultants with the skills, experience and interpersonal style to perfectly match each client project. If a project changes, or if new skills are needed, we can call on our extensive network to adapt or strengthen the team.
Our network of procurement consultants covers the US, Australia, Asia and mainland Europe as well as the UK. We can work in English, German, French, Italian, Greek and Spanish as required.