Edward James said his gong was 'for all the silent heroes' © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Edward James said his gong was 'for all the silent heroes' © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Buyers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
15 June 2021

Procurement professionals have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for work including tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Steve Oldfield, chief commercial officer at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for “services to EU exit preparedness and the Covid-19 response”.

Christopher Hall, deputy chief commercial officer in the Government Commercial Function, Cabinet Office, was awarded a CBE for public service.

Bruce Marshall, commercial head in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and MoD lead for assistance to NHS England in personal protective equipment procurement, also got a CBE for public service “particularly during Covid-19”.

Edward James, deputy director, head of procurement at the DHSC, was awarded an MBE for “services to healthcare particularly during Covid-19”.

In a post on LinkedIn he said: “It’s not everyday that procurement individuals are recognised. So this is for all of the silent heroes who battled to keep shelves full of stock for our front line who are there no matter what.”

Louise Rogers (pictured), deputy head of NHS Wales Supply Chain, Logistics & Support, was handed a British Empire Medal for “services to NHS Wales in logistics and supply chain management”.  

Tony Chatfield, head of NHS Wales Supply Chain, Logistics & Transport, told SM: “Whether it be through the department’s response throughout the pandemic, but also in relation to the work undertaken in the plan to reduce supply chain risks to the NHS in Wales that could have presented through Brexit, Louise has continually responded to the challenge and circumstances.”

Malcolm Harrison, group CEO, CIPS, said: “I’m delighted to see procurement featured so highly on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, including policy makers, academics and procurement professionals. 

“From Brexit to Covid, the past 18 months have been the most testing of times for everyone, and procurement professionals have risen to the challenge to source PPE, keep our hospitals running, feed the nation and countless examples where you have made a difference to the lives of others. 

“This valuable recognition is testament to the critical role that our profession undertakes everyday to protect our citizens, grow businesses, drive global economic growth, protect our planet and improve lives. A proud day indeed.”

Prime minister Boris Johnson said: “Throughout the pandemic we have seen countless examples of everyday heroes. From those using their expertise to help develop life-saving vaccines, which are now being rolled out successfully to all parts of the UK, to the people who have given time and energy to care for their communities.”

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