25 July 2008 | Paul Snell
Timber merchant James Latham has hired former BT chief procurement officer Meryl Bushell as a non-executive director.
Bushell, who runs her own consultancy, will replace the retiring Malcolm Parkinson, who has been with the company since 1993 and was formerly chief executive of South African retailer Woolworths Holdings.
Bushell had been looking for a non-executive directorship for some time, and Latham was searching for someone with supply chain management and CSR experience.
While her role will not be to look specifically at the firm's procurement activity, she will be able to bring skills such as cost management, risk management, process reengineering and innovation when the board is outlining company strategy.
Bushell told supplymanagement.com: "What makes a procurement professional attractive to companies looking for non-exec directors is the wide range of business acumen and experience the individual brings."
And, she adds, non-exec roles are not to be taken lightly. "It's a role that needs to be entered into with your eyes open, as non-executive directors carry significant legal obligations which have to be understood. Doing due diligence on the company whose board you are planning to join is really important to ensure you do not get your fingers burnt."