26 August 2010 | Angeline Albert
Departing commercial director at the Department for Education, Ian Taylor, has said John Collington, incoming head of procurement at the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group, has a tough job ahead.
Collington, currently group commercial director at the Home Office, starts his new job leading central government purchasing on 1 September. In this post he will be expected to improve collaborative buying across Whitehall departments.
The coalition government has promised to get better value for money on spending as it strives to reduce the UK deficit.
Taylor is leaving his central government post at the end of September to become the director of the North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO), a joint procurement body for 12 local authorities and four fire services in the North East.
Former CIPS president Taylor said of Collington’s new role: “Good luck to him. He’s got a really difficult challenge in bringing together dozens of different procurement organisations.”
He said he had similar support in the North East as Collington now has in central government.
“It will be interesting to see his improvement,” he added.
Taylor has been a vocal leader in Whitehall procurement, backing calls for improvements to public sector purchasing.
“I’ve had my part to play in building strategy for modernising commodity procurement,” he said.