Bloom executive team news

We are pleased to share some changes to our executive team at Bloom.

David Shields has been appointed as the new group CEO of Bloom and V4 Services. Formerly MD of Government Procurement Services (now Crown Commercial Service) David has managed numerous large scale transformation programmes and commercial strategies across the public and private sectors. Recently he also provided strategic advice to the US Federal Government on its category management programme.

Adam Jacobs, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Bloom said, “David brings a wealth of experience and leadership within both private and public sectors and has been an architect of enabling collaborative procurement; involved in some of the largest ever global procurement transformation programs. David has driven the design and implementation of machinery across all parts of government.

We know that David’s expertise will help us enhance our ability to deliver great service, innovation and value to our customers, buyers and suppliers of professional services. In particular, David’s experience will help us to understand even better how to flex our service to continue to support the public sector in delivering frontline services”

Ian Savage, our former CEO, has moved into the role of group CFO for Bloom and V4 Services, due to our growing requirement for a group-wide back-office function. Prior to Bloom, Ian was CFO of payment card and merchant services business CashFlows. He has a strong finance background and track record of successfully managing high-growth businesses.

Diane Cheesebrough, formerly Deputy Chief Executive of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, joins Bloom as a Non-Executive Director. She brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, commercial, Executive and DCEO experience and a proven international track record of identifying, leading and driving profitable growth across SME, member, PLC and public sector organisations. In 2017, whilst Deputy Chief Executive at thebigword, Diane was named as one of the global ‘7 exceptional women influencers on social media’ within Language Services by Adaptive Business group and as one of the national ‘100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy by Grant Thornton. She has also held leadership roles at ICL Fujitsu, O2 Telefonica and Barclaycard.

The new executive team join our Bloom co-founders Adam Jacobs and Rob Levene. “Over recent years, through its management of NEPRO, Bloom has given the UK public sector a more effective new way to procure professional services and our success in this area means we have grown rapidly as more organisations opt for our managed service model” comments Levene.

“We’ve continuously invested in all parts of our business; from technology to procurement expertise, client services and accounts. With our new management team we’re in an even stronger position for future growth.”