5 February 2014 | Will Green
The team that will lead the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK government's centralised procurement organisation, has been put in place and it includes key appointments from the private sector.
Government CPO Bill Crothers will become chairman of the CCS, while Sally Collier, who has been deputy CPO since 2012, will take on the role of chief executive and accounting officer. Both will also retain their current job titles.
Matt Denham, who was previously UK general manager and head of operational sourcing at outsourcing provider Xchanging, joins the CCS as director of commercial delivery. The Cabinet Office (CO) said he would be “responsible for ensuring effective management of supplier relationships and creating leading edge procurement strategies to be used across government”.
Chris Hall, who previously led the IT sourcing practice at Ernst and Young, will become director of complex transactions.
The rest of the team, made up of internal appointments, are: Matt James, director of commercial intelligence, Pippa Bass, director of contract management, Sam Rowbury, director of policy delivery and Michelle Thorp, director of the commercial reform programme.
Crothers said: “With our senior leadership team now in place, we can hit the ground running to ensure best practice across government and to create breakthrough results in cost, quality, service and innovation.
“Sally has extensive experience in the civil service with a career spanning 20 years, while Matt and Chris have impressive leadership records across a variety of sectors.
“All three are excellent additions to the team and a boon for government. Their commercial acumen, particularly in the area of procurement, means that all departments will benefit from the best knowledge and expertise in the business.”
CO minister Francis Maude said: “The new Crown Commercial Service – a key part of our long-term economic plan, will ensure we have a tighter grip on all aspects of commercial performance, from market engagement through to contract management. I am pleased that we have brought in exceptional talent from both the public and private sector, whose experiences will help CCS become a centre of excellence and spread the highest standards of procurement delivery across departments.”