Redefining Possible

A different perspective can illuminate new possibilities.
We are that different perspective.

Who we are

We are a team of experienced, entrepreneurial procurement leaders (ex-CPOs), Heads of Procurement, Category experts and Transformation Directors) who have led and transformed global procurement functions and service provider organisations.

Whilst our background is in procurement, our work goes beyond procurement alone to positively impact all areas of your business and help it to realise its full potential. We are creative problem solvers who can bring new insight to help solve business challenges and uncover opportunities you may not have even thought possible.

Our aim is to build better partnerships. We help to create strategic partnerships that will take your business to a level you may not have thought possible.

Building meaningful partnerships

The most meaningful partnership of all is that between us and our client. We have walked in your shoes, which means we understand the challenges you face each day, and we bring the knowledge and expertise to help you work through them and come out stronger.

We are supportive, we understand, we’ve been there. It’s this experience that allows us to be a true partner to our clients. We want to help you become the very best you can be.

“Accelerate are a partner who truly help and ‘holds your hand’”

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We do things a
little differently

We will never walk into a business, present our advice, and leave.

“Consultants are all talk and no delivery”. Unfortunately, this is a common perception. But at Accelerate we like to challenge perceptions and do things a little differently.

Instead, we champion longevity and legacy. We never leave our clients with just a theoretical process: instead we leave behind learnings, knowledge, and a path to go forwards. Our sustainable methods ensure we enhance an organisation’s capabilities for the long-term.

Who are Accelerate

We take a fully hands-on approach. We are there on the ground- a true partner, and for a while, a member of your team.

And here’s another thing that makes us different: we think you’ll actually like working with us.

We truly enjoy our work, and we do what we do with positivity, character, and a sense of humour. We get the job done, but we do it with a smile on our faces.

who are accelerate procurement?

Meet the Team

We believe we can achieve more together. Our team all bring different experience and knowledge, and by coming together we offer a service that is the very best in class in terms of expertise, credibility, and capabilities.

Our Exec Team

With over 20 year’s experience of working in C Suite positions within multinational companies, which means we truly have walked in your shoes.

Karen Mansell


30 years experience in procurement. Karen has a passion for relationships and results and a track record of leading procurement organisations, merger and acquisition integrations, and procurement transformations across multiple FTSE 100 and Dax organisations.

James Shaw

Managing Partner

25 years experience in procurement, James has spent most of his career working in supply chain, logistics, business process outsourcing and direct materials across multiple FTSE 100 organisations.

Jackie Taylor

Managing Partner

20 years experience in procurement, Jackie has a strong track record of leading global procurement transformations, acquisition integrations and innovative category management portfolios across multiple FTSE 100 organisations.

Jon Kirby

Exec Chairman

30 years experience in executive roles (CPO, CIO and COO) in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. Jon is also a successful entrepreneur who has built and sold two businesses.

Our Consultants

Our consultants come from a background of industry leadership with hands on experience of leading and working with procurement and commercial teams to delivery great results. With a range of skills and subject matter expertise in specific categories and topics such as BPO, cyber and sustainability we work with your team to solve problems creatively and make a genuine difference to the way your business evolves and the bottom line.

Our network

We also use a network of associate consultants and delivery experts across the US and Europe to ensure that every client engagement has exactly the right skills and experience mix to deliver the deliver rapid results hardcoded to business outcomes in the location needed.