Six new crown representatives will 'bolster government's commercial nous'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
4 March 2014

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4 March 2014 | Will Green

Six extra crown representatives have been appointed by the UK government to “bolster its commercial nous”.

The half dozen, from a range of backgrounds including Rolls Royce and BT, will offer expert support to the Crown Commercial Service in contract negotiations with suppliers. The appointments bring to 21 the number of crown representatives, who earn £500 a day and work “between one day a week to a couple of days a month”. The crown representative network was established in 2010 and the new positions are designed to “help address wasteful contracts and maximise taxpayer value”.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “Hard-working taxpayers expect us to get best value for their money so we are now using experts to scrutinise contracts and negotiate with suppliers. With hundreds of millions already saved through the existing crown representatives, these new additions will help us do even more.”

Government CPO Bill Crothers said: "Our crown representatives are bringing in top business acumen into Whitehall – our procurement reforms saved £3.8 billion last year and we want to go even further.”

The new appointments are:

• Nick Griffin, currently advisor to Mayor of London Boris Johnson and former managing partner at Deloitte.

• Lex Greensill, chief executive of Greensill Capital and former managing director at Citibank.

• Julie Scattergood, operations director in the defence business at Rolls Royce.

• Meryl Bushell, former CPO at British Telecom.

• Keith Burgess, former global managing partner at Andersen Consulting.

• Alan Coppin, who has held senior executive positions in the Compass Group and Wembley Plc.

The sectors they will work in have yet to be announced.

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