state of flux's leadership Team

Board of Directors

Alan Day

Chairman and Founder

Alan Day

Alan is responsible for State of Flux’s major client accounts and developing its business outside of the UK. He has over 20 years' experience in procurement and supply chain best practice. Prior to founding State of Flux in 2004, Alan held roles as Director of Procurement and Supply Chain at Cable & Wireless, and Director of Accenture’s Supply Chain European Centre of Excellence, where his clients included British Airways, Shell, Microsoft, BSkyB and Morgan Stanley. Alan started his supply chain career at Fisher & Paykel, the leading New Zealand-based manufacturer of domestic appliances.

Patrice Day

Head of Marketing and Shared Services

Patrice Day

Patrice is a main board director of State of Flux and leads our international marketing and shared services team which includes HR, finance, IT and marketing. Patrice is responsible for State of Flux's marketing and brand strategy globally. For the past five years she has overseen the editing and production of our global SRM report and SRM awareness campaigns. 

Prior to working at State of Flux, Patrice held executive roles at KPMG for ten years, where she worked in various roles within transaction services, tax and latterly in central markets leading corporate development initiatives. During this time she gained extensive experience in strategy, new ventures, alliances and new service / market development. Prior to this she consulted to early stage businesses, assisting with growth plans and introductions to venture capitalists and business angels. 

Patrice has a Diploma in Business (New Ventures) from the University of Auckland. 

Charles Findlay

Non-Executive Director

Charles Findlay

We are pleased to welcome Charles to our Board. After graduating from Oxford University, Charles spent five years with GEC as an industrial engineer working in various manufacturing industries in Europe and the United States. Following an MBA from London Business School, he joined Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, first in the Strategy practice, then running the UK Supply Chain practice and finally helping set up the Procurement outsourcing business; in all 16 years. For the last few years, he has worked as an independent consultant, an angel investor in early stage technology companies and a founder member of the International Supply Chain Finance community.

Tony Shortt

Non-Executive Director, State of Flux in Australia

Tony Shortt

Tony has joined State of Flux in Australia as non-executive director. He has 25 years of business experience and leadership in roles such as franchisor developer, corporate trainer, company director and general manager with responsibility for strategic planning, sales & marketing, finance, operations and HR in companies operating in the Australian & New Zealand telecommunications industry and training industry.

Tony’s previous experiences include working for Brightpoint, Vodafone, Crestcom and his skills span start-up operations through to multi-national corporate operations, entrepreneurial cultures and corporate cultures.

Executive Team - Regional Leads

Ryan Nied

Executive Consultant of State of Flux North America

Ryan Nied

Ryan leads our operations in North America and serves our expanding client base there. Based in Chicago, Ryan is responsible for client relationship management and business development activities; he also oversees delivery of consulting projects, training and Statess SRM technology implementations. 

Prior to joining State of Flux, Ryan amassed eighteen years of procurement experience with industry-leading FMCG and packaging organizations in increasingly responsible leadership roles up to the executive level. He spent a large part of his career with Diageo, the world's leading spirits and beer company, where he led category management and SRM practices across a wide range of direct and indirect spend areas from 2003-2015. Ryan gained his early career experience in a series of procurement category management roles at the H.J. Heinz Company and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company from 1998-2003. Ryan earned a B.S. degree from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Dayton.

Nick Hyner

Managing Director Europe

Nick Hyner

Nick has been in the Technology sector for 15 years managing high growth technology and consulting businesses. Nick joins us from Dell, where he was European Director of Cloud Services - which he grew from inception to a thriving business operating in the U.K. Continental Europe and South Africa.  In his 12 year tenure with Dell, Nick held several senior roles, including Director of Partners for Dell Services and Commercial Director for Dell’s Global Segment. Prior to that, Nick worked as a Corporate Finance adviser advising technology businesses on strategy, fundraising and Mergers and Acquisitions and originally trained as a private equity lawyer at Clifford Chance. 

Nick is responsible for growing our European business. 

Chris Gottardo

Executive Consultant and Head of New Zealand and Australia

Chris Gottardo

Chris is responsible for leading the execution of State of Flux’s long term business strategy in Australia and New Zealand. Chris will oversee and manage client relationships as well as delivery of consulting, training and Statess SRM implementations.

He brings 25 years of experience and has held senior client-facing roles within corporate and investment banks in both Australia and the United Kingdom. His expertise is originating, developing and building business to add value to c-suite clients and key stakeholders. 

Previous experience includes working for Lloyds Banking Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Threadneedle Asset Management and ANZ Fund Management.

Function Leads

John Newton

Executive Consultant and Head of Training

John Newton

John is Head of Training and Development at State of Flux and is responsible for leading the design, development and delivery of client education. He regularly consults with clients on the soft skills and human performance aspects of supplier relationship management (SRM), category strategy implementation and creating value through collaborative working. John is a training professional with over 20 years' experience in the field of adult learning and organisational development.

He holds a Masters degree in education and is a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. John has had articles published on training, coaching for sales performance, and learning design and deployment methods, and has presented at many training and HR related conferences throughout Europe. Prior to joining State of Flux, John was the Global Sales Learning Director at NCR Corporation with worldwide responsibility for development of the sales and professional services functions. In this role, he led the training programmes to support the deployment of NCR’s products and solutions.

Mel Shutes

Executive Consultant and Head of SRM

Mel Shutes

Mel leads on supplier relationship management (SRM) strategy and consulting for State of Flux, which includes the highly regarded, annual SRM global research report. His career includes over 20 years in senior procurement and supply chain management roles with Ford, Fiat and Toyota, where at the latter he was Head of Component Purchasing. Mel also worked for BAE Systems as Procurement Director responsible for strategy and development, and Barclays where he was Head of Supplier Development. Since moving into consultancy seven years ago, Mel has been responsible for both domestic and international projects, including the development of best-practice SRM, strategic sourcing and procurement transformation for clients in the financial services, information services, transport, mobile telecommunications and public sectors.

Alex Tsagkas

Head of State of Flux Southern Europe

Alex Tsagkas

Alex is Head of State of Flux Southern Europe, based in Athens, Greece. He is responsible for business development and implementation in Southern Europe, and for the support and development of State of Flux Technologies' Supplier Management Platform globally. Alex has been involved in various projects including supplier management, procurement and supply chain reviews, category planning, risk management, contract lifecycle management and eSourcing. He has also led the research and publication of State of Flux’s Greek procurement and supply chain report.

Prior to State of Flux, Alex has worked at the National Network of Research and Technology, 3M and Deutsche Bank. Alex holds a degree in operational research and marketing, and a master’s degree in decision sciences from the London School of Economics (LSE). During his academic life, he had been a scholar of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation.