Highways Agency merges procurement and commercial divisions

30 April 2013

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The Highways Agency is integrating its procurement and commercial divisions into a new directorate tasked with building strong collaborative working relationships with its suppliers while reducing unit costs.

David Poole, who joined the agency in 2008 as director of the procurement function, will take up a new director, commercial and procurement role where he will be responsible for working closely with the supply chain to deliver on “service, collaboration and efficiency aspirations”.

Poole said the agency and its extended tier of suppliers had made significant progress in recent years to create a more “dynamic environment with a keen focus on service and cost drivers”, but added there was “much more to do”.

Lend Lease’s David Brewer has been appointed as the agency’s director, asset delivery, a refreshed job title. He will take up the position in July, succeeding Derek Turner, network delivery and development director, who is due to retire. Brewer previously worked for BAA in a number of roles at Gatwick Airport, which included delivering a substantial transformation programme prior to the sale of Gatwick in 2010.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency, which operates England’s strategic road network – 4,300 miles of motorway and trunk roads valued at £108 billion – told SM there would be no job cuts as a result of the merger.

Alan Cook, chairman of the Highways Agency said he looked forward to welcoming the new directors to the board where they will support chief executive Graham Dalton and his team in meeting “some very challenging goals over the next few years”.

“England’s strategic roads are vital to the national economy,” Cook said. “As network operator, we are committed to a commercially driven culture of efficiency, high performance and best practice. Both directors are key to building strong collaborative working relationships with our suppliers to deliver the services road users need at value-for-money prices.”

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