03 July 2003 | Robin Parker
The purchasing profession was recognised with two prestigious awards in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Brian Rigby was given a CBE for his contribution to public service. He recently retired as deputy chief executive of the Office of Government Commerce, which he helped to found.
An OGC spokesman said the honour reflected "the tremendous work Brian has put into raising the profile of procurement in the public sector".
Larry Petterson, head of procurement at the University Hospital of Wales NHS Trust, received an MBE for services to charity in South Wales.
Petterson, who is also national chairman of the Healthcare Supplies Association, set up the South Glamorgan Health Charitable Fund in 1989 to help patients in ways not funded by the NHS.
It has raised more than £500,000 to date for initiatives such as artists in residence, toys for children and holidays for psychiatric patients.
His other charitable initiatives include organising the Malcolm Sargeant Cancer Fund for Children's carol concert in Cardiff for the past 14 years, and raising more than £40,000 for a children's hospital by staging "wrong trousers" days in local workplaces.
Petterson said he was "humbled and honoured" to receive his MBE for projects whose success he attributed to the strong teams that had worked on them.
He said purchasers were in a unique position to employ their skills to charitable ends.
"Charity projects can benefit from a purchasing professional's undoubted bargaining skill in negotiating hard deals and difficult projects, as they appreciate that every negotiation should be a win-win," he said.