Commentary on the Browne Report and Government procurement

CIPS 10 June 2013

Lord Browne considers the work of government non-executives and boards

CIPS welcomes the report which reiterates many of the points CIPS have been calling for, not least in our response to Maude’s evidence at the PASC Inquiry.

Lord Browne quite rightly highlights that world class skills in procurement project delivery for example is key to tackling some of the issues in government procurement.

Professionally trained and highly skilled procurement and supply management personnel are key to delivering the cost savings and true value across the supply chain the government is looking for. Bringing in outside expertise is sometimes necessary to encourage innovative solutions to problems that have dogged the UK for so long.

With the right skills, trained professionals who are given authority and are valued for the contribution they bring will instigate the reform and cultural change so badly needed.

David Noble, CIPS CEO

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