In December 2020, the Cabinet Office set out proposals that will shape the future of public procurement legislation with the publication of a Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement.
The overarching goals of these proposals are to speed up and simplify procurement processes, place value for money at their heart, generate social value and unleash opportunities for small businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery.
Following the UK’s exit from the EU, there is now an opportunity to develop and implement a new procurement regime, moving away from the EU rules-based approach that was designed first and foremost to facilitate the single market and instead adopt a new simplified approach that prioritises boosting growth and productivity in the UK, maximising value for money and social value, promoting efficiency, innovation and transparency.
Free to attend for public sector delegates, the Government Opportunities (GO) Transforming Public Procurement Online Series 2022 will host a range of sector-focused events. Each will provide attendees with an invaluable opportunity to gain an insight into the feedback from the recent market consultations, together with the Government’s responses and what changes public sector procurement organisations may need to prepare for.
Lindsay is the Head of Engagement for Procurement Team at the Cabinet Office. She joined the Government Commercial Organisation in 2016, initially working as senior category leader for employment and labour market in DWP and subsequently as Head of Small Business Policy at Cabinet Office, working with all central government departments and SMEs to break down barriers to entry. Prior to joining the civil service, she gained 10+ commercial experience from the private sector, working in the Aerospace, property management and FMCG sectors for both large multinationals and SMEs, including spending 5 years abroad in Germany, Netherlands and Canada working on complex projects.
Adam has been a Civil Servant for over ten years working on a number of policy areas. Specialising in delivering digital projects that are user friendly and intuitive, he is currently the Head of Transparency Systems, responsible for the Find a Tender (FTS) and Contracts Finder (CFS) services. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Adam worked for a number of private sector Facilities Management companies. While Adam's photo was taken before he joined the civil service, he likes to think he hasn't aged that much.
Chris is an international procurement specialist and an electronic government procurement (eGP) consultant with 43 years of practical experience implementing donor-funded projects in Africa, Asia, the Caucuses and the Middle East. Over the last 13 years, he has focussed on supporting the adoption of e-GP by providing training and business requirements analysis for the design and procurement of e-GP systems. Chris is a passionate advocate for adopting a data-driven Open Contracting approach to public procurement and the use of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) in e-GP. He co-authored the Open Contracting Partnership guide to defining an OCDS specification when procuring a new e-GP system and is advising the UK and Welsh Governments on the data dimension of their procurement reforms.
Eddie is BiP Solutions’ Principal Procurement Consultant and working alongside the Client Services team, he frequently assists public sector organisations with clarification and interpretation of EU Directives and a wide variety of legislative issues. For the last 21 years Eddie has lectured regularly on procurement policy and processes at conferences and events, both on behalf of BiP and for a variety of other organisations. He also provides in-house training on the tendering process to personnel in both the public and private sectors.
Global private sector automotive (GM, Nissan, Renault) and Local Government (5 District Councils and 1 Unitary Council) procurement/purchasing/supply chain management senior management experience and I have a Durham University Business School MBA and MCIPS qualified.
I have had the privilege of managing and leading procurement teams in Liverpool, Sunderland, Barcelona, Paris, and Durham and having worked both in manufacturing and government public sectors, I have strong procurement skills and experiences globally, nationally and locally.
I currently have a great job trying to deliver procurement and social value outcomes in Durham a city and county I love, and my team punch well above our weight and I am hugely proud of them as we spend over £500m each year and spend 60% locally in support of the needs of our Council, our residents and partners.
I am also trained in PRINCE2, Managing Strategic Programmes (Practitioner) and the HM Treasury Better Business Case 5 case model (Practitioner).
I am Chair of the LGA National Advisory Group for Procurement also lead nationally on Social Value work working with the Local Government Association and the Social Value Portal, where I am Chair of the National Social Value Task Force.
Chris is a Managing Consultant for 4C Associates and is a is national award winning, MCIPS qualified procurement professional with over 20 years public sector experience spanning across several Local Authorities, Higher Education organisations as well as Housing Associations. He has been responsible for a wide range of procurements including light rail acquisitions and major works construction packages. He is an accredited CIPS lecturer delivering the qualification to students for over the last 9 years.
Mark was recently appointed Deputy Chief Commercial Office and has oversight of the Employment Services & Health Categories, alongside accountability for the organisational development of the Commercial Directorate. He joined the Government Commercial Organisation in May 2017, taking up a role as Deputy Director, Head of Employment Category in the DWP, delivering a wide range of transformational activity – market stewardship, category redesign and self-service provision. During the Pandemic, he and his team delivered the commercial elements of the Plan for Jobs and took decisive action to protect the employability market. The team were recent winners of the GO Award for COVID 19 – Outstanding Response – Central Government Organisations & the overall GO Excellence Award.
Previously he worked at Rolls-Royce for 18 years in a range of roles from Programme Management, Factory Leadership, Category Management and Business Development, latterly as Head of Commercial and Sourcing for the Installations Supply Chain Division, where his teams managed 70% of the Aerospace Divisions’ suppliers, 80% of the part numbers and 40% of the spend. The team won a range of awards for the transformational redesign of Sourcing Processes, Supply Chain and Collaboration including the Procurement Leaders Award for Best Procurement Team in 2014 and Trusted to Deliver Excellence Award in 2016.
Recently Mark is an astrophysicist by training and a former Naval Officer. He is a keen cricket (Yorkshire CCC) and football (the Blades) fan and a keen e biker.
Garry’s Portfolio currently covers: Restart and Individual Personalised Employment Support (IPES) Contracts and the Future Market Strategy.
Nick Verburg is the Strategic Procurement & Supply Chain Manager at Fusion21 where he leads the development of the Framework programme– ensuring Fusion21 offers a range of innovative and best value procurement solutions.
Nick is also responsible for the strategic supply chain management and engagement of Fusion21’s supply network, maximising value for money for Fusion21 members through best practice supply chain strategies and effective engagement with our key suppliers.
Passionate about delivering value for money and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), Nick holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Procurement Management and regularly shares his knowledge and passion with CIPS students delivering the Advanced Diploma.
Michael has more than 30 years’ senior procurement experience across the UK and North America, in the NHS, retail and manufacturing sectors, with a focus on leading innovative procurement programmes.
Currently Managing Director at NHS London Procurement Partnership, Michael previously spent six years with Trading Partners, the e-auction specialists who operated out of offices in London and Chicago. Following this, his NHS procurement experience has been extensive, with four years as Head of Procurement at Great Ormond Street and eCommerce work at the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. Michael was NHS LPP’s Commercial and Business Development Director between October 2011 and November 2012, before returning temporarily to the private sector to provide consultancy advice, leading and overseeing a doubling of e-auctions for ASDA as one of his many successful projects.
Seeing the move towards greater cross system working in the health service, Michael returned to the NHS in 2015, bringing with him his passion for collaboration and innovation between national and local networks.
Over the last three years at NHS LPP, Michael and his team have continued to work hard to support members to respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges of the changing procurement landscape. NHS LPP has been a solution provider for the NHS in London and, as an organisation, is aiming to be a trusted advisor over the coming years
Michael is passionate about working closely with colleagues in London on building a one workforce approach and promote collaboration between organisations, so that talent in the NHS can be utilised to support wherever it is needed across the capital.
As a champion for learning and development, Michael is working as one of the learning and development leads for Health Care Supply Association (HCSA), as well as supporting the Procurement Skilled Development Network (PSDN) network across London and further afield to help guide the next generation of procurement professionals.
Working with CEOs, Finance Directors, Operations Directors and large procurement teams to help streamline, automate and digitize their supply chains; Malcolm has over 20 years’ experience creating efficiencies within large, complex, multi-sited organisations.
At the forefront of developing the company’s Tail Management strategy, Malcolm helps clients consolidate their tail spend through the use of technology and logistics – making procurement simple. He has recently led working on Crown Commercial’s Tail Spend project of which OT Group has been named as one of only two suppliers on the framework.