24 October 2008 | Jake Kanter
Royal Mail's head of procurement has left the organisation.
Richard Boyce, group procurement director, exited the group earlier this month after stepping down for family reasons. Peter Williams, a founding partner of NewDawn Partnership and former CIPS president, has taken over in the interim.
Boyce joined Royal Mail in November last year as its acting procurement chief after Ninian Wilson was promoted to operations director for the letters division. He later took on the role permanently.
Mark Higson, managing director of Royal Mail, said Boyce's decision to leave was difficult. "This has been a very tough decision for Richard but one that we fully understand and respect. We want to thank Richard for his contribution during his time with Royal Mail and wish him well."
A spokesman for Royal Mail said the company would continue with its purchasing overhaul, but would not comment further on the issue. The Procurement Transformation Project, launched in late 2006, aims to turn the group's buying function into one of the top three in Europe within three years (News, 21 September 2006). It is also targeting savings of £300 million over five years on its £2 billion annual spend.