03 March 2005 | Cara Whitehouse
Barry Messenger aims to slash supplier numbers and consolidate spend after his appointment to the new post of technical procurement specialist at Trinity House Lighthouse Service.
The organisation was set up by Henry VIII in 1514 and spends over £10 million a year overseeing the 71 lighthouses, 11 light vessels and 412 navigational buoys around England, Wales and the Channel Islands.
It has more than 3,000 suppliers, but "the aim is to reduce that by 60 per cent in the next couple of years", he said.
Supplier numbers are likely to be reduced in stationery, clothing, safety equipment and consultancy.
Messenger said his role is to help procurement work more closely with engineering. He also hopes to free time and resources for other departments by taking on their purchasing work.
He recently undertook IT, telecoms and furniture procurement work for the service's move to a new building in Harwich, Essex.
The move consolidates four buildings into one and is to be completed by mid-June.
Messenger has previously worked in purchasing and technical project management roles in electronics and engineering.
He was formerly subcontract purchasing manager at Saft Power Systems, from which he took voluntary redundancy in 2003 to go mountaineering.