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. 

 

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

Tony Shortt, Non-Executive Director

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.

Jonathan Currie

Jonathan Currie, Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Currie

We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Currie to our Board as Non-Executive Director. Jonathan is currently CEO at Qv21 Technologies, serving the US midstream Oil Field Services industry. Prior to Qv21 Technologies, Jonathan co-founded & was CEO of NiSoft, the world's leading provider of Safety Management Software. He led the company's strategic growth as CEO since its formation in 1993. Jonathan successfully sold the NiSoft Group in June 2008. From 2010 through 2014, Jonathan served as CEO of Biznet Solutions in Houston, TX. From a position of insolvency, profound losses, and devoid of strategy, he successfully led the organization through a challenging rescue and turnaround in 2010 & 2011 to achieve revenue growth and the Company’s first ever period of profitability in FY 2013. Following Biznet Solutions, Jonathan spent tenure in 2015 as CEO-in-Residence at Houston Ventures, a venture capital fund with an exclusive focus on midstream & upstream oil & gas technologies.

Jonathan is a past Chairman and Board Director of Momentum, the Northern Irish Software Industry Federation, which represents the interests of several hundred technology companies across Northern Ireland. He also held a variety of positions in accounting, finance and commerce, working in both Belfast and London.

Executive Team - Regional Leads

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. 

Molly Louthan

Managing Director North America

Molly Louthan

Molly started her career working for TradingPartners, a procurement consulting company and most recently joins us from Upwork, workforce technology platform where she grew the company by building partnerships with the Fortune 500. In 2014, Molly launched Advancing Women Executives in Chicago, which is now one of the largest network in the US, with the mission to support the career advancement of women.  

Molly brings a wealth of experience in various professional services industries as well as a strong technology background. Throughout Molly’s career she has worked with her clients to embed technology, enable people alignment and improve processes, offering solutions to clients issues with measurable success.

Kate Nicholl

Managing Director Australia & New Zealand

Kate Nicholl
Kate has 15 years of experience working directly for large blue chip organisations in consulting procurement and supply chain. She brings a broad range of experience and skills including procurement strategy development and execution; communication and stakeholder engagement strategy; category management/strategic sourcing; emerging market sourcing; and local procurement programs.
 
Her first exposure to the procurement and supply chain function was as a buyer in the automotive industry with Ford Motor Company, before moving on to the Global Supply function at Rio Tinto. Her consulting experience within Accenture and KPMG spanned a diverse range of procurement related projects within private and public sector clients.
 
Kate holds a masters of international trade from the University of Melbourne. Her passion is in helping clients to build sustainable buying solutions through effective supplier relationship management, end-to-end supply chain mapping, and supplier risk 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 Technology & Product

Alex Tsagkas

Alex is Head of Technology & Product at State of Flux. He is responsible for our supplier management technology Statess’ product development roadmap; transforming State of Flux’s expertise in SRM into an innovative software solution; enabling and embedding SRM technology into complex organisations. With a mission to make SRM easier for all, Alex regularly consults with clients on their business challenges and needs, reviews market trends and aligns Statess’ product strategy to ensure it meets our client’s needs. Alex has over 12 years of experience working with leading global organisations in software implementation, change management, procurement and supply chain transformation, supplier relationship management, contract lifecycle management, strategic sourcing,category management and risk management

He holds a degree in operational research and marketing from the Athens University of Economics and Business, 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 Scholarships Foundation. Prior to State of Flux, Alex has worked at the National Network of Research and Technology, 3M and Deutsche Bahn.