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February 2011 | Rebecca Ellinor
Littley has resigned from her position as chief executive of UK public sector
procurement agency Buying Solutions.
On the same day that SM reported that the organisation is this month to be subjected to a review which is expected to see it scaled-down and focused on
central government purchasing, we can reveal that Littley left her position on 1 February after five years in the post.
She told SM she was "planning to take time out before deciding on her next position".
procurement delivery director for Buying Solutions, has taken on provisional
day-to-day management of the organisation, reporting to John Collington,
executive director of procurement within Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform
A Cabinet Office spokesman said a decision as to whether or not to appoint a new full-time chief executive "will be decided in due course".
government’s commercial arm, Buying Solutions – formerly OGCbuying.solutions -
manages national framework agreements for the whole public sector. If the
organisation is downsized, it is not yet known whether new deals will be open
to the wider public sector. Collington is also examining its future funding status. One possible outcome is that it will cease to be a trading fund by 1 April and could be solely funded by the taxpayer.
Cabinet Office spokesman said it is expected that the organisation would be
transformed to become “leaner and more efficient”.
During her time as chief
Solutions Littley urged public sector purchasers to increase collaboration and
improve efficiency; pledged to boost interpersonal skills after discovering staff
needed a better
understanding of customer needs; and criticised the spending habits of large
Prior to the public sector role, Littley spent
seven years working for drinks business Diageo.