The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is the only national purchasing consortium dedicated to serving the Academies and Further Education sectors. Established in 2000 by Salford University's purchasing department, the consortium was originally focused on assisting FE and Sixth Form Colleges with their purchasing requirements. We have expanded rapidly into the Academy and Free School sectors in recent years, to the extent that they now form the majority of our member organisations.

In 2009 ownership of CPC transferred from Salford University to the FE sector, at which time we acquired charitable status. CPC now operates under a Board comprising three College Finance directors, the Chair of the FE Directors of Finance Group, Peter Brewer (Managing Director of the CPC), a representative from the procurement team at the Association of Colleges, Two members of the FE Purchasing advisory group (PAG) and a College Principal. The Board will shortly be augmented by a the addition of a representative from the Academy sector.

Our main office is at Technology House on the Salford University campus, at which 28 of our 28 staff are based. The remaining 0 staff are our Regional Procurement Advisors, roving throughout the country to advise and consult our members; they will be happy to visit your institution to provide any advice or assistance that you might require. For more information about CPC's staff, please visit the Meet the Team page.


Crescent Purchasing Ltd is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity governed by its memorandum and articles of association. The registered charity number is 1130461 and the company number is 06774578.

Directors and trustees

The directors of the charitable company ("the charity") are its trustees for the purpose of charity law and throughout this report are collectively referred to as the trustees.

The directors and trustees serving during the year were as follows:-

Nominated Chair

  • David Pullein

Trustees and Directors

  • David Pullein, Executive Director - Finance, Leeds College of Building, Chair of the College Finance Directors Group
  • Peter Brewer, Managing Director
  • Graham Francis, Director of Continuous Improvement at Havering Sixth Form College
  • Stephen Forster, Director of Finance, Barnet and Southgate College
  • Noel Cassidy, Purchasing Manager, Cambridge Regional College, Deputy Chair of the Procurement Advisory Group
  • Bob Kilcoyne, Head of Procurement, Leeds City College
  • Arthur Hasler, Director of Finance & Resources, Newham Sixth Form College
  • Andrew Comyn, Vice Principal, Dudley College
  • Steve Sawbridge, Regional Director West Midlands, AoC
  • Teck Kua, Executive Director of Finance and Resources, Barnfield College

Legal Office:

Technology House, Lissadel Street, Salford, M6 6AP

Reinvesting In the Sector

Most of CPC's income is provided by our contracted suppliers as a small percentage of the value of sales to members. All of the income generated from CPC's activities stays within the Further Education and Academies sectors, and is used to sustain and expand the range of contracts for goods and services that we provide, and to support training initiatives for our members.