Honour for Scottish Parliament’s former procurement head

3 January 2012

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3 January 2012 | Adam Leach

Lynn Garvie has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her work as head of procurement at the Scottish Parliament.

Garvie, who held the position until recently, was responsible for developing and implementing a new sustainable purchasing strategy at the parliament in 2008. Speaking to SM about the strategy that year, she explained that getting the people side right was key: “The term 'sustainable procurement' doesn't really incorporate the people side and it can isolate the social and ethical issues,” she said. “If you don't deal with that, you can't succeed in the other areas."

Also recognised this year were James Foster, head of corporate real estate and sourcing EMEA at JP Morgan Chase, who received an OBE for services to the financial sector in Northern Ireland. Robert Assirati was given a CBE for his work while director of the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority (MPA) and Garry Chambers, head of business management in the commercial directorate at the Department for Work and Pensions, received an MBE.

John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), has become a Knights Bachelor of the British Empire (KBE). He received a CBE in 2007. Both his knighthood and earlier CBE were awarded for services to the UK construction and manufacturing sector.

 As chairman of the ODA, Armitt has overseen the planning, development and construction of the infrastructure and support services for this year’s Olympic Games in London. In 2011, the Olympic Stadium was completed ahead of time and under budget due, in no small part, to the work of the procurement team. The team’s work led it to reign supreme at the CIPS/Supply Management Awards 2011, taking home the award for best public sector procurement and the overall prize.

Commenting on the work of the ODA procurement team, Armitt told SM in September: “Procurement has been fundamental to our success, not only in terms of budget and construction delivery, but also to support our wider objectives of sustainability, equality and inclusion.”

In an interview with SM in 2008, Armitt described the job of the London Olympics procurement team as "one of the biggest challenges of any project in the UK".

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