10 September 2007 | Antony Barton
The National Assembly for Wales has appointed a procurement and sustainability adviser.
Adrian Hobson MCIPS was seconded from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to set up the assembly's procurement function and formally accepted the new position last week. He was previously contract manager in the WAG human resources department for almost two years.
The Government of Wales Act 2006 separated the assembly from the WAG, and the assembly became an independent contracting authority in May this year. Previously, it had relied on the procurement function of the WAG for purchasing advice and support.
The WAG has a central procurement team of 25, but in the assembly it is the responsibility of individual departments to buy goods and services. Hobson told Supplymanagement.com that he and one other procurement specialist, yet to be appointed, will advise on strategic and sustainable purchasing.
Lorraine Barrett, assembly commissioner, said the role will support the assembly's 'green' agenda. She added: "The new post is a key step in taking this forward, recognising that what we buy, and the way we buy it, not only affects the environment, but also has social, economic and financial consequences."