Delivering results

David Noble, Group CEO, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
posted by David Noble
11 February 2014

David Noble, CIPS CEO13 February 2014 | David Noble

The safe guardianship of taxpayers’ contributions to the running 
of the country and government is a perennial issue for discussion and a source of angst among, well, every taxpayer.

The target to provide good quality care and services in a timely and cost-effective manner is a given, but how to achieve this is a much more complex issue and I don’t believe anyone has the complete answer, yet.

It is however encouraging that a move towards taking the best from both public and private expertise and using the plethora of sage advice and information available has been taken a step further.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills-appointed UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS) working closely with the Government Procurement Service is an opportunity to make progress.

No one can fail to notice the ongoing rumbles of dissatisfaction over failed government IT contracts or security failures and the millions of pounds subsequently lost. So, with UKSBS taking procurement responsibility in finance, HR and estate management among others, there is hope that the complex mix between public and private will win support and deliver results in some important areas.

And that’s a crucial point. Without delivering real, measurable and substantial results, this may soon become another failed attempt with a seemingly impossible remit. But with questions continually been asked in the House, the secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills has to answer those queries about who has the authority to make 
a purchase and give an indication of their 
level of training, expertise and their success measurements. This leads me to expect 
that there is more serious change in public sector procurement.

If there is little success, CIPS is likely to 
be drawn into the debate again as to why. It has been announced recently that UKSBS will raise the proportion of CIPS qualified members among its ranks from the current 44 per cent to 90 per cent by 2015 so I’m confident that the right skills and abilities will be in place.

As our licensing the profession campaign develops, being accountable and responsible for actions and results as 
a profession should strengthen the resolve to do more.
Whether this new development feels like the holy grail or a poisoned chalice, having the will to collaborate and commit publicly to using a mix 
of public and private expertise in government procurement 
shows some tenacity in finding a 

This year’s negotiation challenge

We’re proud to be working again with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academies on this year’s Negotiation Challenge which involves 30 colleges, 500 students and a lot of tutorial support from the 
CIPS members on the programme.

It can’t be said often enough – we must not take our eye 
off the ball when developing the next generation of professionals. No profession has changed so much in the last few decades as ours or is as likely to change significantly in the next decade, and we must equip new and existing professionals for that challenge. This programme with young people gives them an early taste of what the profession can deliver to them personally, in the global world of business and to the world’s economies.

This year’s final is being held at Jaguar Land Rover in Castle Bromwich and we appreciate their support in offering such an exciting final.

And a personal thank you 
to everyone contributing 
time and energy to this 
year’s challenge. We would very much like to hear your stories at #CIPSnegotiation

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