Michael Hainge

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Chief Executive and Head of Commercial Strategy Practice

Michael founded Ethical Commercial Services to provide the highest quality commercial advice and expertise to the public and private sectors.. 


He has spent the last 20 years in a number of director, managing director and chairman roles in the public and private sectors.

In 2020, Michael was admitted as a fellow of the royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. In his spare time, he rides his motorbike and continues to restore his home - an old Victorian pub. 

Ian Edward

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Commercial Director and Head of Contract Management Practice

Ian has an outstanding record of achievements in both the public and private sectors over the past 20 years, holding senior NHS, Local Authority and FTSE Plc finance and commercial roles.


Working with Ethical Commercial Services, Ian brings enormous skill and experience to fulfil even the most demanding and complex client requirements.


His experience covers Joint Ventures, Public to Public arrangements, transitions into/ out of outsourced arrangements, infrastructure and ICT projects, dispute management, commercial and financial modelling

Deborah Spurgeon


Head of Negotiation Practice

Debbie brings a wealth of International experience, with more than 30 years dedicated to roles in Learning & Development, and Negotiating Consultancy. In recent years,


Debbie has been a Senior Consultant with with a major international negotiation training organisation, supporting the international team of consultants to grow a global negotiation training business.


Her particular passion is to help women improve their negotiating confidence and skills, something which will form a key part of her work with ECS.

Sarah Tubridy


Associate Director

Sarah is a dynamic, accredited business change manager with expertise in restructuring, business analysis and change delivery.


Sarah has worked for the public and private sectors in high profile business change roles. With ECS she has delivered highly complex programmes with a tight focus on client relationship management.

Scott Collins


Associate Director and Head of Procurement Practice

Scott has been in procurement for over 25 years, starting his career on the graduate scheme with M&S. He has led direct and indirect procurement teams in a variety of sectors including FMCG, Leisure, Politics, Clothing and Retail.


In 2010 he founded Hawtrey Dene, a procurement and cost transformation focused consultancy working with clients in the private and public sector. They are highly regarded for their approach to client engagements which places stakeholders at the heart of all activity.

He has served as a Councillor in a London borough since 1998 and was the Cabinet Member for Coordination and Central Services (covering Procurement and Commissioning, Comms, Legal, HR and L&D) for 10 years until 2016.

David Powell

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Associate Director

David’s extensive experience in local government has been gained in Unitary, County and District level Councils.

Most recently he has been a local government Deputy Chief Executive and an Acting Chief Executive following over 10 years as a Chief Finance Officer (S151) also leading a wide range of corporate areas as well as involved in transformation projects.

A Fellow of the Chartered Public Finance and Accountancy and an independent advisor to Welsh Government on local government finance he also has extensive experience in the Housing Sector as Non-Executive Director and Chair of a Housing Association Board.

Andrew taylor

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Facilities and Property Management Director

Andrew is an experienced programme, change, and commercial leader with diverse experience across the private and public sectors, from both client and service provider perspectives.


He has worked with clients ranging from SMEs to large corporates and a range of public sector organisations. He has led and been responsible for the success of programmes and procurement projects ranging from £25k to £250m in value.

Geoff Hughes

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Associate Director

Geoff has deep local government experience from place based services to corporate services and social care. He has held Director and Deputy Chief Executive roles in  local government and public/private companies and partnerships.


Geoff’s expertise has a particular focus on regeneration including transport and broadband programmes, Enterprise Zones and working with LEP’s to maximise funding for economic development.

Most recently Geoff has been supporting the establishment of NMite a new engineering based University in Hereford and the development of the Mid Wales Growth deal for Powys Council.