Shirley Cooper - Treasurer

Shirley Cooper - Treasurer

Shirley is a reputable Business Leader with extensive experience in delivering first-class financial, commercial and operational leadership across private and public sectors whilst having a passion working as a Business Ambassador for various Non-for-Profit businesses that support and drive economic development. Shirley is the Commercial Director for Tapestry, a global award winning law firm specialising in global HR.  In addition to Director of Client Development at Lorien Resourcing a specialist IT recruitment consultancy.  Previously, a director with services and solutions provider, Computacenter for 12 years with a remit to lead the divisions for procuring products for resale and indirect spend, supply chain, technical engineering and quality.  Before joining Computacenter Shirley held a number of senior financial positions at Yorkshire Water, Leeds Hospitals and Allied Domecq.  Since 1995, Shirley has also held numerous non executive positions. Starting with Regional Chairman of NETWORK.  Shirley worked with ICIS Technology, as a NED with particular emphasis on their strategy for growth within the nuclear power industry.  In 1996 was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a General Commissioner of Income Tax.  In addition, finance director for Opp2K and auditor for many charities.  In 2005 Shirley was invited to join the Global Board of Management and Council for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).  Shirley was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2008 and President in 2010.  Initiated and Chaired their first Remuneration Committee. Initiated and Chairs the Fellowship Club.  Shirley Chairs the Board for UCSA a Hertfordshire University JV.  Shirley is Co-founder and President of Blueprint Club, with 250 members, supporting women in procurement.  In addition to being on the Global Advisory Board and European Board of WE Connect International having been their Executive Director, with responsibility for Europe for 18 months.  More recently joined the Board of UNWomen NC UK with the responsibility for Finance.  Having qualified as an accountant she went on to gain an MBA and is now a fellow of not only CIMA but also CIPS, RSA and CILT.  She is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.  Shirley enjoys a diverse range of interests that include human rights, travelling, cycling, reiki and opera.