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21 August 2013 | Will Green
Former CIPS young professional of the year Laura Langstaff has been appointed head of procurement across both Surrey and East Sussex county councils.
Langstaff, who picked up the CIPS award in 2006, will now be in charge of spend at the two local authorities.
She joined Surrey County Council in 2010, overseeing £70 million of savings in three years as procurement and commissioning manager, before her promotion. Surrey council’s former head of procurement, Andrew Forzani, moved to the Department for Work and Pensions in January, and will take up the role of commercial director on 1 November.
Langstaff, who started her career in the private sector and joined Surrey from Ealing Council, said: “The opportunity to work with the fantastic teams across both East Sussex and Surrey will make the most of both councils’ procurement resources in a way that will save time by avoiding duplication and deliver savings, and I am looking forward to increasing the councils’ cooperative working.”
Surrey and East Sussex announced a joint procurement operation in 2012, with a target of saving at least 2 per cent from the two authorities’ £1.1 billion total annual spend.
The two councils launched new websites earlier this year to help firms bid for contracts and were jointly recognised by the government as among the “top 10 councils to do business with”.
Councillor Denise Le Gal, cabinet member for business services at Surrey County Council, said: “Coming up with innovative ways to save taxpayers’ money while providing high-quality services is core to everything we do. Working more closely with other councils is a guaranteed way to achieving both these aims and this role is fantastic news for both councils and taxpayers.”
Surrey County Council won two gongs, best people development initiative and best public procurement project, at the 2012 CIPS Supply Management Awards.