Collington quits government CPO role

2 July 2012

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2 July 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha

UK government CPO John Collington is to leave his role at the end of July to join recruitment firm Alexander Mann Solutions as chief operating officer.

Collington was initially appointed as head of procurement for the Efficiency and Reform Group at the Cabinet Office in September 2010. He was then named as government CPO – a role that combined his position with post of chief executive of the government’s commercial arm, Buying Solutions – in April 2011.

Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, said in a statement: “Under John’s leadership, Government has transformed the way it buys common goods and services, generating substantial savings for the taxpayer with around £1.7 billion saved in 2010/11 alone.  Thanks to John’s work, Government now has a much sharper approach to procurement and a much tighter grip on this spending.”

According to the Cabinet Office, Collington has reduced overall spend on goods and services from £51 billion to £45 billion and spend with SMEs is estimated to have doubled to £6 billion, along with a 73 per cent reduction in spend on consultancy and contingent labour.

Collington had previously been group commercial director at the Home Office, which he joined in January 2007.

No announcement has yet been made on who will replace Collington in the position, which was created as part of the government’s move to a central procurement strategy combining purchasing power across departments.

The announcement comes just over a month after the news Ian Watmore, head of the Efficiency and Reform Group, was also to leave the civil service.

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