It’s not often that we here at SM hear about procurement professionals rubbing shoulders with royalty.
But that’s exactly what happened last week when David Smith, commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions, was face-to-face with Prince Charles at a New Year Honours investiture ceremony Buckingham Palace. Smith was made a companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year's Honours List
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As we reported earlier this year, Smith was not alone in being named in the honours. Other professionals honoured included John Priest, deputy strategic sourcing director at the DWP, and Nicholas Bowd, head of the Scottish Procurement Directorate, who were both awarded the CBE. John Lulham, head of contracts and procurement at Transport for London (TfL) Streets, was awarded the MBE for services to equality and diversity, for implementing policies into two major contracts worth £1.5 billion.