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Taken in 2007. Photo courtesy of BIFM

During the latter days of my corporate life someone once referred to me as That Consultant Bloke when they wanted me back in to take on another project. It became a bit of an in joke for a while, but I forgot about it until I left the corporate world and branched out on my own. One of my pals told me I'd be fine; I was That Consultant Bloke, and it was always me that people wanted to hire, not the firm I worked for.

So here I am, just a phone call or email away if you need me. After nearly 40 years of management in the corporate world I now serve as part time managing director of the family business consultancy firm, speak at events and conferences, do a little training and development and work as a business mentor, consultant and interim manager and in my spare time I do voluntary work for the CIPS, the CILT and BIFM including judging in industry awards and working as an examiner in professional qualifications.

I spent the early part of my career in wholesale and retail sales and distribution, working for companies including the Trist Draper Group, Brown Brothers, Thorn TV Rentals, The Post Office and Ross Foods. My roles with these organisations were either operational management or sales related before moving into the computer systems side of supply chain management in the early 1980s.

Having developed supply chain management software and policy for The Post Office, I took over operational management of their internal logistics facility in Swindon, modernising this and developing it into a successful 3rd party logistics provider (see Royal Mail Logistics on my Links page). It was during this time that I developed an interest in Facilities Management (FM) through having to maintain a large operational site. Having instigated the integration of the Swindon logistics operation into Parcelforce in 1996, I made the move to FM, taking on the provision of full FM services to around 30 sites in Northern Ireland, Wales and Southern England.

I developed a specialist interest in soft FM services, and in 1999 joined Romec, bringing soft FM services to their portfolio. I have devised soft FM related solutions for a number of clients in the retail, financial and government sectors, and thoroughly enjoyed my time with Romec, the Balfour Beatty Group and their clients. They are a good firm with great people and I would recommend them to anyone as a supplier or employer.

I am an experienced speaker at conferences and seminars, and have also been involved in training, development and assessment over more than 20 years and continue to take an active role in these areas. In addition to my role with BIFM at a national level, I am Chair of the Procurement Special Interest Group and an active member of the South West Region which I chaired between 2005 & 2009. Reflecting other career interests I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT).

Outside of work I was a keen cricketer and footballer in my younger days, and later became a football referee (I was also Treasurer of the Essex Referee's Association before moving to Wiltshire). Now in my late 50s, I confine my active sports to a round of golf now and again, but have a keen interest in reading, music and cooking. A lifelong model maker and transport enthusiast, I have contributed articles to a number of specialist magazines and am a co-author of the 3rd edition of The Principles of Warehouse Design published by the Cranfield University and CILT in early 2010.

Genealogy. If you are developing your family history and think that I may be a part of that please get in touch.

Contact me by e-mail:john@johnjbowen.com

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