21 August 2003
Carl Kockelbergh has joined the Metropolitan Police in the new role of assistant director of procurement services.
Kockelbergh, who moved from CIPS where he was practice development officer, is now in charge of transforming the force's purchasing processes.
The Met, the largest police force in the UK, has 40,000 uniformed and civilian employees, with around 40 employed in procurement. Its annual purchasing budget is around £500 million including IT, communications and corporate services.
"At the moment procurement is done along project lines where one person is in charge of purchasing for the entire project. We'll be moving towards having experts in categories who will work across projects," he said.
The Met currently has several interim purchasers to help develop the strategy, which should be completed by the end of the year.