23 June 2005
Paul Davies has been appointed director of a new body that will look for procurement savings across all police forces in England and Wales.
He will take over at the Centre for Procurement Excellent in the Police Service from former CIPS president Peter Smith, who was appointed interim director in January.
The centre will aim to save 2 per cent across all 43 forces in England and Wales, which have an annual procurement budget of £2 billion. However, the centre will not take over purchasing within individual police forces.
Davies is currently an interim senior procurement adviser at the Home Office and has over 25 years' procurement experience at PepsiCo, the Rank Group and National Air Traffic Services.
As director, he will help to co-ordinate large purchases and encourage best procurement practice to reach savings targets.
The centre, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is in the process of appointing three senior managers.