meet the team
Global Purchasing Solutions Ltd (GPS) was set up in 2009 by Neil Harris and Peter Lunt to bring the benefits of outsourced purchasing and supply to a wider range of businesses. They both enjoy the buzz of what they do and their personal, customised approach to business has been well received by clients. They have now expanded the GPS team and the services offered to meet the diverse needs of a growing range of customers from SMEs to large international companies based locally in the UK and abroad. Both Neil and Peter hold Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) qualifications and have many years of experience within the manufacturing and engineering, print and packaging and FMCG businesses. Neil and Peter first started working together over 20 years ago and have become a strong, dynamic team with complementary skills.
Neil HarrisNeil is the joint owner of GPS. He has extensive knowledge of paper, print, packaging, polypropylene extrusion and associated manufacturing processes. Many of his display packaging design initiatives are to be found in major European retailers. Neil is known for his quick thinking, his equally quick wit, and his ability to find innovative solutions to problems. As part of his previous employment Neil worked quite extensively in Eastern Europe with responsibility for the purchasing in a large manufacturing enterprise. When possible Neil enjoys time with his family, travel and getting away for a bit of carp fishing in France.
Peter LuntPeter is the other joint owner of GPS. His extensive purchasing experience has largely been within engineering companies and FMCG business. He particularly enjoys production engineering in different industries and being involved in developing innovative solutions. Peter is a people person and enjoys working in different cultures, developing work friendships and the negotiating challenges this offers. His network of contacts in the Far East has enabled GPS not only to find good deals for clients but also to develop a Far East Business Facilitation Service. Peter’s specialisms include global sourcing, paper and board, engineering supplies, fuels and industrial lubricants.
Belinda TanBelinda is our lead person on the ground in China who provides that all important cultural link with the Far East. She is based in Tianjin in Northern China from where she can cover most of the industrial cities in Mainland China. She holds an Honours degree from Yangtze University where she majored in Business English. Her studies together with her commercial experience in China have contributed to a valuable business intuition and knowledge of commercial activities in the dynamic economies of the Far East. Belinda has both humour and charm that enable her to relate well to suppliers and customers alike.
Mark LuntMark is the Company Secretary of GPS. He has enjoyed a successful career as a barrister for over 24 years with the Crown Prosecution Service. He recently decided it was time for a change and in 2015 he joined GPS as Company Secretary bringing a wealth of legal knowledge and experience. Mark’s other great career adventure has involved bringing together work and a long term passion for motorbikes. He is now a qualified instructor and is really enjoying the process of teaching others so that they too can partake in the joys of the road.
Mujahid MiahMujahid is responsible for internet sales activities and other commercial areas within the business. He joined GPS in 2014 having gained a BA (Hons) in Business and Law at the University of Wales and experience in sales and administration. Mujahid is motivated by the challenge of creating new ideas and being the first to discover new ways of accomplishing different tasks and thinking outside the box. His colleagues particularly value Mujahid’s attention to detail, his interest in technology and his unflappable calmness.
Julie LuntJulie works on a part-time basis with GPS developing media and communications within the company. She brings a fresh perspective to business development informed by her experience as a coach, education consultant and researcher. Julie enjoys working with people and is known for her ability to ask incisive questions that improve strategic thinking. When not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking and learning Italian.
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