Leadership Profile: Alan Cornwell of Drake and Scull FMS

This month SmartProcurement profiles Alan Cornwell from Drake and Scull Facilities Management.

Full name:  Alan Cornwell

Position:  Group Procurement Manager for Drake and Scull (New Clicks Holdings contract)

Your organisations’ procurement spend:  R400-million.

Who does P & SM report to:  Operations Executive of Drake and Scull who reports to New Clicks SA Chief Financial Officer.

Private sector OR Public sector: Public sector.

Core business activity of the enterprise: Facilities Management Solutions.

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: Five.

Management motto: “You are only as good as your supplier”.

Membership of professional bodies: The Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa (IPSA)
Chairman of IPSA Western Cape.

What is your vision for P & SM: That procurement is represented at the highest level in an organization, and that all companies have a procurement department (outsourced or in-house)

Personal best achievement: Receiving a Merit Award for top student of the year when studying
Purchasing Management at the Damelin Management School.

Most important commodities: Travel; Printed Stationery, Fleet, Capex spend for new stores and
Distribution Centres, Security, Cleaning, Courier, Signage, Flooring, Furniture, Store Equipment & Lift & Hoists.

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My Standard 4 primary school teacher Mr. Carstens, who taught me to play drums. I then went on to play in many dance, rock and pop bands, which took me all over South Africa.

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: I have worked with many people over the years. It will be difficult for me to single out one person only.


Person you would most like to meet: Michael Schumacher. His dedication, commitment to his team, and his will to win was unequalled.

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Jack Goldin, who started Pick ‘n Pay, and then sold it to Raymond Ackerman. He then started Clicks in 1968.

Your favourite South African organisation: New Clicks SA.

Your favourite global organisation: Virgin.

Your philosophy about life: “To have a positive attitude and outlook on life, which helps with the
various challenges that are presented on a daily basis.

Favourite reading: Anything that has to do with motor vehicles. I am a bit of a petrol head.

Favourite music: Toto, Journey, Earth Wind & Fire, The Bee Gees and Level 42.

Favourite sport: Motor racing.

Favourite website: News24.com.

Hobbies: Running, every morning before work, gardening, home improvements and watching various sports.

Car: A showroom condition 3.0 litre BMW Z3 Roadster. My family call it “The Baby Car”.

Pets: Our cat, Annie, who is 15 years old.

Married: Rina.

Children: Two sons. Dean 21 years old and Luc 12 years old.

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