04 August 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor
Three senior managers have been appointed to the body charged with finding police procurement savings in England and Wales.
Zoe Brewin, Margaret Chamberlain and Julie Homer joined the centre for Procurement Excellence in the Police Service (PEPS) over the past month.
Brewin came from the Prison Service, where she was implementing the new regional procurement structure.
Chamberlain has worked at the Department for Work and Pensions and was the first head of procurement at the Food Standards Agency.
Homer started on 1 August, leaving her former position as head of procurement at West Yorkshire Police.
Paul Davies, who became PEPS director in June, told SM: "I'm very pleased to have got such high-calibre people into this important new initiative for the police service. I feel particularly happy about the blend of commodity and sector skills each brings to the team."
Davies said the managers aim to exploit good purchasing work already going on in the police service and help disseminate best practice. He said it would also be the role of the team to persuade police forces to buy or use particular services or products.
"There's a big job to do and it's important it's done with people with the right kind of approach. I'm convinced the three people we've got will be able to manage that blend of persuading and cajoling people," he said.
Davies added that the first areas the team would examine for best practice were forensic science and pension administration.