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10 July 2012 | Adam Leach
Bill Crothers is to succeed John Collington as the government’s chief procurement officer in an expanded role that will bring Whitehall's procurement and commercial activities closer together.
In the new role, Crothers, who will move from his current job as executive director of commercial relationships at the Cabinet Office, will hold a wide-ranging remit. His responsibilities will include managing the strategic supplier programme, the crown representative network and procurement across government. He will also be responsible for developing the Commissioning Academy, which is intended to boost the status of commissioning and procurement.
Commenting on the appointment, Crothers, said: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of chief procurement officer and leading government’s drive to become a more demanding and commercially astute client.”
He becomes only the second person to take on the role of government CPO, which was created under the current coalition government. Like his predecessor John Collington, who is leaving at the end of the month to become COO at Alexander Mann Solutions, Crothers moved into the public sector from Accenture. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, said: “Given Bill’s background and track record I am delighted he has agreed to take on this expanded role.”
In another change, Sally Collier, executive director of policy and capability at the Efficiency and Reform Group, will support Crothers as deputy chief procurement officer. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told SM that David Smith – commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions, CIPS president and the current deputy UK government CPO - would continue to play a key role within the central procurement team in his role as crown representative, where he will negotiate with major government suppliers.