17 July 2008
The OGC has appointed an advisory board member from the private sector to help examine and improve collaborative procurement in the public sector.
Martin Jay, chairman of manufacturing firm Invensys, will recommend areas of spend where collaboration could be used and suggest how to get the widest public sector support for joint purchasing.
The move forms part of the Treasury's Operational Efficiency Programme, which will deliver recommendations on efficiency to the government in advance of the 2009 budget. Three other private sector experts will lead projects to improve efficiency in back-office processes and IT, asset management and sales, and property.
In addition, a fifth project will encourage government staff and members of the public to suggest how to cut waste.
A Treasury spokesman said the leaders do not yet have official targets, but are keen to tackle areas such as the use of technology in the public sector. This includes raising awareness of framework agreements so departments can benefit from potential savings.
The CBI welcomed the appointments, but said the roles should be clarified. "They need a clear remit and the authority to make changes," a spokesman said.
The other recruits include Martin Read, a non-executive director of British Airways, to oversee back-office systems and IT, Gerry Grimstone, chairman of financial services firm Standard Life, to lead asset management and sales, and Lord Carter of Coles, to head the review of property.