The Purchasing Index Team
It takes a progressive and versatile team to offer the support
and direction you need to gain more ground
Benjamin Shute Chief Executive Officer
Paul RogersSolutions Architect
(Director – Capability & Excellence)
Antonia MacridesProduct Development Manager
Waqas KhanAnalyst – Data Science
Poorna Swamy Analyst – Capability
Fiona Kennelly Customer Success Manager
Kerri-Ann Westwood Engagement Manager – Procurement and Contracting, Government
Nahid AfrasiyabiClient Solutions Manager
Srinivas MallulaSenior Consultant – IT & Data Security
Melinda VossCustomer Success Manager
Hiren ParmarSenior Analyst – Data Science
Luca FoersterAnalyst – Data Science
Chief Executive Officer FCIPS, B.Mech Eng (Hons), Cert IV Training & Assessment
Ben is the CEO of PI – his vision is to support clients to ‘gain more ground’. Comprara’s brands include Academy of Procurement, SkillsGAP Analysis and Purchasing Index. Ben leads the Comprara team who deliver services, tools, training and technologies to organisations in both the public and private sector. Every service accelerates clients efforts to deliver more with the same, or the same with less. Ben was rated in the top 35 of under 35’s by ‘Supply Management Magazine’ and ranked as one of UK’s rising stars (2005), Ben has held distinguished roles including Head of Sourcing Strategy for Ericsson in the UK and Head of Procurement Practice for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS). Comprara works with ASX 200 listed companies (including some of the largest organisations in Australia and New Zealand) giving clients insights into how well they are performing against others and in the context of their own unique strategies. With insights gained and roadmaps developed your capacity will grow to do 'more with less’ or ‘more with the same’.
Engagement Manager Procurement and Contracting, Government
Kerri-Ann is Comprara’s Procurement and Contracting Engagement Manager in Government. Kerri-Ann is an integral part of the Comprara team delivering services, solutions, tools and training to organisations in both the public and private sectors. Kerri-Ann has more than twenty years procurement experience within the Victorian and Australian Government sector. She has been responsible for delivering procurement policy, analysis, guidance and training at an organisational level. With demonstrated ability in the fields of strategic sourcing, tendering and contract/vendor management, Kerri-Ann has a comprehensive understanding of Government procurement policies. Kerri-Ann has previously held roles including Procurement Manager as various Victorian Government Departments. Kerri-Ann brings a wealth of knowledge related to Government procurement and provides training on procurement strategy and transition, category management planning, capability development, tendering and sourcing.
Analyst – Capability Master of Information Systems
Poorna completed Master of Information Systems from Deakin University, majoring in Business Analytics. I possess excellent analytical, programming and problem-solving skills, evidenced through my work as an Oracle Software Engineer at Hexaware Technologies. I designed data storage systems for banking domains which included loading business data into data warehouses, testing its performance and troubleshooting before the system went live.
Consultant – Data Science and Business Analytics Master of Business Analytics, BEng, BSc
Tim has a broad array of experience including research and development, manufacturing, construction and management consulting. He has strong experience in advanced technical development as well as project management on industrial projects in the petro-chemical, oil and gas and mining industries. He is a qualified engineer and has worked in both technical and project management capacities, including delivery of projects from concept through to operations on some of the largest oil and gas projects in the world. He has combined these skills and experiences to provide practical results focused consulting services in business analytics across a range of industries, including: oil and gas, utilities, supply chain and logistics.
Analyst – Data Science BS Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering
Thorough and meticulous Data Analyst/Scientist passionate about helping businesses succeed. Possessing strong technical skills rooted in substantial training as an engineer. I have a strong understanding of machine learning models and algorithms. I am passionate about applying my technical knowledge and experience to complex business problems and provide data-driven, action-oriented solutions to challenging business problems for key stakeholders and business leaders.
Director B.Psychology, Cert IV Training & Assessment, Cert IV Social Science
Antonia is Comprara's Director of Impact and is responsible for driving Comprara's strategy and Australasian value proposition. Antonia has founded, built and grown several organisations. Antonia has over a decade of experience in the specialised field of Strategic Procurement in EMEA and Australasia. Antonia is an active board director and is also the founding director of Bainbridge & Adams, a strategic partner of Comprara’s and offers recruitment services to Comprara’s client base.
Senior Consultant IT & Data Security
Srinivas is responsible for Comprara‘s data and information security. He has over seven years of experience in Systems & Network Administration, IT & Data Security and Technical Testing roles. He is experienced in Planning, Reporting and Managing infrastructure deployments, releases and service requests as well as defining and driving Business Processes based on ITIL Management Framework. Srinivas also has experience in the Setup & Configuration of Firewall, VPN, Routers, Switches, Servers & other Network Infrastructure.
Client Solutions Manager B.Sc Jurisprudence and Law
Nahid is a tenacious and results-oriented Sales and Business Development professional who also has a demonstrated working history in Procurement for more than 8 years. Nahid has been recognized for developing a new business in consumer electronics to reach $50 million turnover and growing the size of the company from 8 personnel to more than 120 in only two years by purchasing the products at the most competitive prices and implementing effective sales strategies . Nahid possess a wealth of experience and commercial acumen in identifying new business opportunities and B2B sales within corporate environment, with a proven track record of maximizing the growth and revenue and reducing costs despite dominant competitor advantages. Skilled in optimizing teams’ dynamics, building relationships, engaging decision makers and devising winning sales strategies and solutions.
Engagement Manager – Data Analytics BSc (Hons.), Physics and Satellite
Mark leads the PI analytical team as Engagement Manager and plays a pivotal role in delivering against client's requirements. Mark has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world with broad industry exposure. His roles have been varied – within the Procurement space – with a focus on using data to drive decisions. He has advanced IT and analytical capabilities and loves a good algorithm!
Customer Success Manager Bachelor’s Degree, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
“To build more proven value faster for both the Customer and Comprara”. In a nutshell, this is what I do and assist the team to accomplish. My focus is on using the data from every interaction we have with our customers to ensure we deliver value. I work closely with the Comprara team to move them out of reactive mode and into far more effective proactive stance with our clients.
Business Implementation Analyst GradDip. Information Systems, BA. Computer Science
Justin has over seven years of experience in the IT industry focusing on Human Resource System applications, Sales & Marketing web applications, and Finance web & mobile applications. His areas of specific competencies include creating Business Requirement Specifications, Technical Design Specifications and applications/program specifications, and stakeholder management. Justin has worked on large-scale mobile financial application projects for leading multinational companies. He has a background on E-learning and courseware design for a leading global telecommunications company.
Project Coordinator Dip Management, AdvDip Business/Accounting, Cert III & IV Accounting
Melinda works in Comprara as a Project Coordinator. With her vast knowledge in project coordination and office management, Melinda is able to work collaboratively to achieve successful project delivery outcomes. Melinda has managed a wide range of accounts such as Accounts Payable & Receivable, payroll, banking, BAS and IAS Statements. She’s got experience in Analysis & Reconciliation of financial reports, which includes budget, and Profit & Loss statements, Melinda is highly skilled, proactive and efficient project coordinator with exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
Client Services Consultant BA of Commerce in Marketing Management
Mario works in Comprara as a Client Services Consultant. Mario is currently studying a degree in marketing management but has a strong background in the supply chain industry. Mario is driven by customer success and urges to deliver what is promised to ensure customer satisfaction every time.
Data Analyst BA of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Luca Foerster has studied a breadth of subject matter during his bachelors with a focus on Economics and Statistics. This unique blend of study has helped develop a deeper understanding both of economic phenomena and the nature of data. As a new member of the analytics team Luca brings a fresh perspective to projects.