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January 2012 | Helen Gilbert
The Accord Group, one of the largest housing associations in
the West Midlands, has created a group procurement manager role.
Former Carillion and PwC employee Joanne Antcliff will take on the position,
which forms part of a recently launched venture. Business Support will offer
firms, social enterprises and charities the opportunity to buy into Accord’s
services, including its Customer First contact centre and regeneration team.
Antcliff, who has nearly 20 years’ experience in procurement, will be
responsible for securing a range of services that offer value for money for the
seven organisations in the group.
The procurement position was created in response to the growth of the housing
association, which manages more than 11,000 homes and provides services to
The group said it will use its buying power to help create training and job
opportunities in the region.
Antcliff said in a statement: “In this current economic climate it is vital
that housing associations provide even better value for money while maintaining
excellent services for its customers. We need to ensure that we not only
leverage our scale but achieve the optimum balance of using local and national