Nigel Smith appointed head of OGC

20 June 2007
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21 June 2007 | Antony Barton

Nigel Smith has been appointed as the OGC's new chief executive.

The 52-year-old will take up his position in September. But the Treasury is unwilling to discuss his procurement credentials.

This is despite claims by John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, that Smith has a "wealth of commercial and procurement experience" and "will play an essential role driving up standards in government procurement".

Smith will replace Peter Fanning, the OGC's acting chief executive. He will join on a three-year contract with an annual salary of £180,000.

Smith was president of Invensys Rail Systems, which has a turnover of £420 million, from 2003 until last year. Before this he was chief executive of holding company Charter and also worked in senior management at GEC-Marconi and Dowty Aerospace.

Fanning said he wasn't disappointed not to be awarded the role on a permanent basis. He told buyers at a procurement conference: "Those that have followed my career will know that I'm not really credible to be head of profession for procurement."

Fanning referred to himself as a "change agent", with most of his experience coming from the financial services industry. He told SM he is discussing his future with colleagues at the Treasury.

Meanwhile, the OGC has denied reports that it shredded Gateway reviews to prevent details reaching the public. This follows claims by that it had seen an OGC internal paper, telling teams: "You must securely dispose of the [final Gateway] report and all supporting documents immediately after delivery of the final report - which should be no later than seven days after the review."

Last month, the OGC launched an appeal to prevent the outcome of Gateway reviews being made public. The information tribunal had previously upheld a judgment made by the information commissioner and ordered the OGC to release the results of its reviews into the ID card scheme (News, 24 May).

In response to the claims, an OGC statement said: "This is a non-story. The reference to 'shredding' in OGC's Gateway Guidance refers partly to 'version control', to ensure that there is no confusion created between notes made during work in progress and the final Gateway Review report, and partly because a Gateway Review is a confidential report for the senior responsible owner (SRO) of a project."

It adds the SRO, not the review team, is best placed to decide how to share the report and action its recommendations.


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