Andrew Falvey, commercial director at the DVLA, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
Falvey received the gong for services to transport, including his leadership on a project to bring IT in-house. This work saw his team negotiate 178 contracts and insource 302 ICT staff. It is expected to produce savings of £100m by 2021.
“I’m humbled and absolutely delighted,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about this until I got the letter – I had no idea.
“This honour is great recognition of the incredible work that DVLA does and I would like to thank my team and my colleagues across the agency for all of their help and support since I joined DVLA.
“I see this award as great recognition of the commercial profession. I would like to use it as a springboard to help increase the profile of the profession and the great work we do.”
The award also recognises Falvey’s voluntary work, which has seen him set up a large employer forum with the local health trust, county council and universities to leverage value for money contracts and skills across the Swansea region.
Despite a diagnosis some time ago with progressive multiple sclerosis, Falvey has refused to let the condition define him or get in the way of his working life. It has led him to chair the DVLA’s Ability and Mental Health groups.
Falvey, who was born, bred and still lives in Swansea, has been a CIPS member for more than 25 years. He studied for a Master of Science degree in procurement from the University of Glamorgan. He started his working life in British Gas, converting from an engineering career to procurement, and has held senior commercial positions in the private sector, Environment Agency, the police and the City of Swansea Council.
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