11 June 2008 | Paul Snell
Martin Blake, head of procurement and commercial development at London Probation, has won the title of best public sector purchaser at this year's Government Opportunities awards.
"It's flattering to be nominated by my staff. It is down to the hard work the staff have done since they have been here and all credit to them," he said. "It adds great value to influencing internal and external stakeholders, assuring the board and the chief executive we are a very capable unit, recognised by our peers."
The awards celebrate the best in public sector procurement.
Amy Richards, senior procurement officer at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, picked up the award for the young procurement professional of the year.
She told supplymanagement.com: "I came from the private sector and found it very different. I have probably changed my opinion as this has made me realise the recognition for my work."
There was also a lifetime achievement award for Nick Dowd, director of the Scottish Procurement Directorate. The Department for Work and Pensions' Print and Associated Services Solution Project Team won the prize for team excellence.