London 2012 procurement chief joins Amey as CPO

Adam Leach is a freelance business journalist
5 June 2013

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Gerry Walsh, the man responsible for procurement for the London 2012 Olympic Games, has returned to the private sector as chief procurement officer (CPO) at infrastructure services firm Amey.

In his new role, which he started last month, Walsh will manage an annual spend of around £1.5 billion and lead a combined procurement and fleet team of 150 people at the company. A significant part of the role will be working to integrate the operations of Amey with Enterprise, which it acquired in April and took the newly formed organisation’s annual revenues to £2.3 billion.

Speaking to SM, Walsh - who has previously held senior procurement roles at Associated British Foods and American Express and is a former CIPS president - explained the experience of the Games would help him in achieving his new challenge.

“The Olympics showed what the power of procurement can be and how much value it can provide to an overall organisation,” he said. That the management team is “serious about procurement” also served to make the role attractive.

Walsh added he would look to infuse a similar sense of urgency in his new team, working mainly out of the Amey offices in London and Oxford, but also spending time at the Enterprise office in Leyland, Lancashire. He will report to the chief financial officer.

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