06 June 2007 | Rebecca Ellinor
The government today named Nigel Smith as the new chief executive of the OGC.
He will replace Peter Fanning who has been acting chief executive since the departure of John Oughton who left at the end of March. Fanning will continue in the post until Smith takes over in September.
Smith will join on a three-year contract with an annual salary of £180,000 a year. His primary focus will be to implement plans outlined in Transforming Government Procurement.
As OGC head, his priorities will be to:
• Set a clear procurement framework that all government departments will follow, and carry out capability reviews to check performance against the framework.
• Lead the relationship with government's key suppliers.
• Raise the skills and status of the Government Procurement Service.
• Work closely with the Treasury to scrutinise and support the government's most complex procurement projects.
• Drive through more government-wide procurement deals.
• Develop and lead a strategy to maximise the effective use of the government's property estate.
The 52-year-old was previously president of £420 million turnover business Invensys Rail Systems. Prior to that he was chief executive of Charter and also worked in senior management in GEC-Marconi and Dowty Aerospace.
John Healey, financial secretary to the Treasury, said Smith "will play an essential role driving up standards in government procurement."
Prime Minister Tony Blair made the appointment with the agreement of the Chancellor Gordon Brown.