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30 March 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Steve Morgan, commercial operations director at Defence, Equipment & Support (DE&S) in the Ministry of Defence, has been appointed chair of the National Procurement Service (NPS) for Wales.
The NPS aims to save £25 million a year and help local firms win public sector contracts. It manages contracts for common and repetitive spend, and helps to reduce expenditure, eliminate duplication, develop a sustainable procurement model and increase efficiency.
Welsh Government finance minister Jane Hutt said Morgan’s experience in the private and public sector “will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience” to the unpaid part time role.
“This is an exciting new service which is making a real difference to public sector spend in Wales,” said Morgan. “I look forward to helping Ministers deliver on their commitment to make public sector spend go further.”
Hutt added: “The NPS has a crucial role to play in helping the public sector get value for money for every pound it spends on common and repetitive goods and services. With over 70 public sector organisations now signed up to the service it will have a big impact on the amount of money these organisations can save and reinvest in other public services. It will also assist businesses in Wales as the supply chains will benefit.”