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HCSA Future Leaders Group has picked some of the brightest talent in the procurement and supply chain community to serve on a think tank to ensure they are playing an active role in developing programmes and events that serve them best.

The network members are taken from PDP attendees including two winners of the course who have subsequently served a year on the HCSA Board of Trustees. HCSA hosts regular meetings with the network to ensure the organisation stays up to date with all concerns around career progression, working environments and access to L&D requirements. Information and feedback that comes from the network meetings helps plan the programme for our annual Future Leaders event which takes place at the HCSA Winter Conference.

The Team


Sophie Lilleyman – Deputy Head of Procurement BSOL PC

Sophie started her career in NHS procurement in 2018 as a Category Assistant and attended the HCSA’s Procurement Development Programme in 2019 being named one of the programme’s winners for that year. 

Since completing the programme Sophie moved into a Procurement Manager Role and has recently been promoted to Deputy Head of Procurement at BSOL Procurement Collaborative. 

Sophie also takes an active role in the HCSA with a keen focus on learning and development of the future leaders of NHS procurement professionals. As part of this Sophie works with both the future leaders and learning development groups within the HCSA.

Sophie Q&A


Rebekah Kelly – Senior Category Manager Capital at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust

After a career based predominantly in the private sector within Engineering and Automotive, Rebekah moved to NHS Supply Chain in 2019 as a Category Manager for Minimally Invasive Surgery.  

Rebekah then attended the HCSA’s Procurement Development Program in 2021 being named one of the winners for that year.

After completion of the program Rebekah quickly moved into Senior Category Manager before moving to NUH in June 2023 managing the Capital and Estates category for the Trust.

As someone who understands the importance of support and guidance for younger leaders within Procurement, Rebekah works with the HCSA Future Leaders Members to provide this learning and development to Procurement professionals starting their career within the NHS.

Rebekah Q&A

Joel Rocha - Category Manager - Digital Health at NHS London Procurement Partnership

Joel Rocha is a procurement professional who started his career in the NHS in 2017 as a Procurement Support Officer at NHS London Procurement Partnership (NHS LPP). 

In 2021, Joel participated in the HCSA Procurement Development Program (PDP) and has since been part and played an active role on the HCSA Future Leaders Group. 

Shortly after completing the HCSA PDP, Joel joined the Digital Health Team as a Category Manager at NHS LPP where he has been providing procurement support to NHS trusts who are part of the Electronic Patient Records National Programme.

Joel Q&A

Naila Draper – Integrated Procurement Manager at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Naila joined the NHS in 2019 as a Buyer with a background in distribution and manufacturing industries, bringing a different outlook to NHS Procurement, with a key focus on innovation and transformative projects.

In 2021 Naila joined the HCSA’s Procurement Development Program and was highly commended. Since then, Naila has progressed through a number of roles including Senior Buyer and is currently a Procurement Manager across a Shared Service across two Acute Trusts.

Being passionate about continuous improvement, Naila works with HCSA Future Leaders Group to support like-minded career professionals.

Naila Q&A


HCSA Future Leaders Group panel discussion on SupplyCast


Get Involved!

If you'd like to get involved with the HCSA Future Leaders Group or have any questions we'd love to hear from you! Simply email admin@nhsprocurement.org.uk with the subject line 'HCSA Future Leaders'