Grahame Ball

Grahame runs the boutique consultancy bluewire limited ( offering a variety of on demand procurement and supply chain services. Grahame’s extensive experience across geographies and industry sectors and his wide network of fellow supply management professionals, enables bluewire to handle large and small assignments on behalf of major corporations, SMEs and start-ups.

Practice Areas

  • Cost, contract and supplier management
  • Supply chain optimisation
  • Software licence audits
  • Organisational design, training and coaching
  • Business development and contract negotiation for start ups

Areas of Specialism

  • Buying cloud based software
  • Optimising utilities spend
  • Improving cashflow through restructuring of payables
  • Managing outsourced service providers
  • Reducing exposure on software licence audits
  • Analysing carbon emissions from logistics activities
  • Dealing with major corporates on behalf of start ups
  • Advanced negotiation training

Recent Projects

  • Retail packaging manufacturer – upskilling of commercial management team
  • Leading business performance consultancy – practice lead negotiation techniques
  • VC funded start up – business development and revenue acceleration
  • Global foodservice brand – service optimisation

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Cranfield University 2011
  • Fellow and Trustee (NED) – Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)


  • Supply chain carbon emissions of a midsize information, communication and technology business in a shared user logistics environment.
  • Proceedings of the 2012 LOGISTICS RESEARCH NETWORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Cranfield University UK, September 2012. ISBN: 978-1-904564-43-0

Employment Summary

  • Colt Technology Services – Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer
  • Microsoft – Director, Supply Chain Operations
  • Diageo – Senior Supply Chain Director