Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper & Construction Playbook

Monday, 21 June 2021 - WEBINAR


Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper & Construction Playbook

This webinar is brought to you by the CIPS Birmingham & Coventry branch and is free for CIPS members and non-members to attend.


    12:00Event start- introduction of panel members
    13:15Event close


    The end of the Transition Period provides a historic opportunity to overhaul the public procurement regime, to design something that delivers for our communities and our businesses. The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year – this spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, whilst aiming to meet our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper addresses the proposed reform of our procurement laws to unleash the potential of public procurement so that commercial teams can tailor their procedure to meet the needs of the market aligned to such opportunities.

    The government have also recently developed the Construction Playbook which sets out how contracting authorities can get the commercial delivery of public services right at the start. This applies whether the decision is to outsource and deliver a service in partnership with the private and third sector, in-source, use in-house resources or a mix of both.

    Join this session to hear more on these two initiatives and how they look to benefit contracting authorities.

    Aims: - This session will help us understand the role of commercial in government from a Central Government Department perspective, focusing on the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper and the Construction Playbook.


    Damien Robertson

    Deputy Director, Commercial Strategy, Policy and CapabilityDepartment of Transport

    Damien Robertson is a Deputy Director responsible for Commercial Strategy, Policy and Capability in the Department for Transport. As part of the Government Commercial Function, Damien leads on commercial operating policy, developing strategies to harness the government’s buying power to deliver wider social benefits and driving an increase in commercial capability across the DfT Group. Damien was responsible for managing the DfT’s rail franchising programme and has led a number of commercial transformational programmes in rail, including a comprehensive industry review of the contract architecture that underpins all rail franchises in the UK and a step change in the DfT’s rail contract management function. He has vast experience on large capital project procurements, in both the public and private sector. He is an innovator and positive disruptor and is currently leading on Procuring for Innovation in the DfT. Damien has trained and worked as an actor and legal advisor.

    Peter James

    Deputy Director, Group Commercial Directorate Department for Transport

    Peter James FCIPS is a Senior Civil Servant, a Commercial Leader and an employee of the Cabinet Office currently hosted in the Department for Transport. Peter has worked internationally helping to deliver development projects in Africa and Asia. A CIPS Fellow who Chairs his local CIPS Branch in Cambridgeshire and represents the CIPS Membership on Congress.

    Hannah Jarvis

    CIPS Branch Committee Member & Procurement Operations DirectorNetwork Rail

    Hannah Jarvis FCIPS is a Procurement Operations Director within Commercial & Procurement at Network Rail. Hannah has worked for both the public and private sector, having significant experience in procurement utilising the Public and Utilities Contract Regulations. Hannah has previously worked at High Speed Two and National Grid across category management, sourcing and supplier management disciplines.


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