About us

Guy Allen has worked in Procurement and Supply Chain for 30 years with roles in the IT, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and Automotive sectors.  He was Chief Procurement Office for both Abbey National and Fujitsu Services as well as working for Ford, IBM and GlaxoSmithKline as head of Global IT Procurement.

Whilst meeting many practitioners thoughout a range of industrial sectors, Guy was struck by the gap between intellectual, academic best practice and its implementation in real organisations. It is a gap he has worked on closing throughout his career and so he set up Real World Sourcing Ltd with the aim of helping organisations bridge that gap on their journey to effective Procurement, Supply and Cost Control.

Guy is a regular speaker at conferences, colleges and organisations in Europe, the Middle East and the US on purchasing strategy, e-auctions and e-procurement, and been published in Supply Management, Procurement Leaders, The Guardian and the FT.