05 January 2009 | Paul Snell
David Smith, commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has been made a companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year's Honours List.
He was honoured by the Queen for his public and voluntary service, and is now entitled to use CB after his name. Smith has spent more than 20 years in public sector purchasing, at the Home Office, Treasury, Inland Revenue and the DWP. He told supplymanagement.com he was extremely proud "both personally and professionally", and the honour recognised the role of the profession.
The Order of the Bath was established by George I in 1725 and membership is limited to 120 knights and dames grand cross, 295 knights and dames commander and 1,455 companions. Members are drawn mainly from the armed forces and a small number of civil servants. The name of the order refers to the ritual washing that took place before someone was knighted in medieval times.
Other professionals honoured included John Priest, deputy strategic sourcing director at the DWP, and Nicholas Bowd, head of the Scottish Procurement Directorate, who were both awarded the CBE.
John Lulham, head of contracts and procurement at Transport for London (TfL) Streets, was awarded the MBE for services to equality and diversity, for implementing policies into two major contracts worth £1.5 billion.