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Lorraine Copes

Head of Procurement

Employer: Corbin & King

Total number of years spent within Hospitality?
18 years within hospitality (19 years within Procurement & Supply chain)

What do you most enjoy about this industry?
Definitely the people, throughout my career I have worked with super passionate, really hard working, and genuinely nice humans.

What does a typical day look like for you?
My days vary, which is why I enjoy Procurement; it could include supplier meetings, conducting tenders, contract negotiations, food tastings, factory visits, board meetings, analysing data, emails, strategic planning, managing the team, the list goes on and on. 

Tell us something we might not know about the field?
Procurement is the most enjoyable and varied job function ever! It relies on strong interpersonal skills, commercial thinking, analytical ability and it sometimes comes to life through food and drink tastings. I am on a personal crusade to raise the profile of procurement, as it is still a relatively new function within small and medium companies, and is really enjoyable.

What has been the single most important piece of advice given to you?
Your network is your net-worth! So very true, and throughout my career I have lost count of the endless favours, contacts, and useful knowledge I have gained from my network.

Three dinner guests of your choice?
Michelle Obama, Anthony Robbins and Shaun 'Jay-z' Carter

Last documentary watched and book read?
I am currently reading 'Natives' By Akala

Finish the sentence, the future in hospitality is……..
More companies that are genuinely championing diversity, inclusion and belonging at all levels and not just at operationally.