The Government has elected its first UK Cross-Government Chief Procurement Officer. John Collington has been chosen, along with David Smith, who will take on the role of Deputy Chief Procurement Officer. The Chief Procurement Officer will be responsible for ensuring that the Government receives good value for money by centralising procurement, which will reduce spend and in turn result in savings for the taxpayer.
John Collington said “It is both an honour and privilege to be appointed as Government’s first Chief Procurement Officer. I look forward to working with David and my other commercial and procurement colleagues across Government in delivering our ambitious plans to transform Government procurement.”
David Noble, CEO of CIPS said "The statement made on the 20 April, by the Cabinet office is a significant step forward for Government Procurement. The appointment of a Chief procurement Officer and the move to centralisation will bring with it a real opportunity to deliver tangible and measurable results; enabling procurement to be at the ‘coal face’ of reform. This is about real change – using the skills, tools and techniques our profession has at its fingertips to make a difference.
The profession has to step up however and meet this challenge head on – sustaining the procurement capability within the public sector for the long term.
Our underlying goal at CIPS is to enhance the profession in everything we do and my non-executive position on the Procurement Executive Board is part of doing just that. There can be no escaping the challenges facing our government at present in ‘balancing the books’ and our mission has to be to show that procurement and supply management adds real value. This move today has given us that chance."
The appointment coincides with the announcement of Crown Representatives, who will manage supplier relationships along with renegotiation of current contracts to create further savings.