In a bid for greater efficiencies and a reduction in the public deficit, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office has announced that cross-government operational functions will be brought together under one overarching group.
As well as procurement, other functions include project management, IT and the Civil Service. The Efficiency and Reform Group will exist at the centre of government to promote collaborative working, improve accountability, and tackle waste.
There will be a number of seniorbusiness leaders working with the group:
- Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Executive Director, Tesco PLC; formerly a senior career civil servant
- Dr Martin Read, Non-Executive Director of Invensys, Aegis and Lloyd’s of London
- Sir Peter Gershon, Chairman of Tate & Lyle, former government efficiency adviser and first chief executive of the OGC
Commenting on the changes, CIPS CEO David Noble said: "This will put procurement at the forefront of tackling the most important issue on everyone's lips - the deficit. This move will highlight procurement’s leading role in addressing the efficiency and reform initiatives and the value that procurement and supply management can bring. Drawing comparisons from the private sector this move would be like procurement reporting not to the Chief Finance Officer but the CEO, and with a voice at that all important top table."