The senior leadership team has been named at the recently formed Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which is now responsible for common departmental spend and is tasked with boosting commercial expertise in Whitehall.
Government chief procurement officer Bill Crothers will take up the role of Chairman, whilst Sally Collier – who has been working as deputy chief procurement officer since 2012 – has been named as Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.
CCS will bring together the Government Procurement Service and other Cabinet Office teams and will manage the purchase of common goods and services in a bit to ensure that the benefits of aggregation and centralisation are realised.
Chief operating officer Stephen Kelly recently said that the government had applied “blunt instruments early on” when dealing with suppliers in a bid to reduce costs, but that it is now time to be more “sophisticated” in its approach and had to raise its in-house commercial capabilities “significantly” – CCS will be the main drive behind this.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: “To cut the deficit and get maximum value for every pound of taxpayers’ money this government is reforming Whitehall. Our commercial reforms saved the taxpayer £3.8 billion last year alone, helping us get ahead in the global race, but we know hard-working people expect us to go further.
“The new Crown Commercial Service – a key part of our long-term economic plan - will ensure we have a tighter grip on all aspects of commercial performance, from market engagement through to contract management.”
He added: “I am pleased that we have brought in exceptional talent from both the public and private sector, whose experiences will help CCS become a centre of excellence and spread the highest standards of procurement delivery across departments.”
Crothers and Collier will be joined by Matt Denham as Director of Commercial Delivery and Chris Hall as Director of Complex Transactions.
Denham comes from IT services and BPO company Xchanging where he was General Manager for UK and Head of Operational Sourcing – he will be responsible for ensuring effective management of supplier relationships and creating new procurement strategies to be used across government.
Hall previously worked for Ernst & Young where he led the IT sourcing practice, but also has background in a number of IT companies including EDS and Logica.
Other members of the CCS team include: Matt James Director of Commercial Intelligence, Pippa Bass Director of Contract Management, Sam Rowbury Director of Policy Delivery, Matt Denham Director of Commercial Delivery, Chris Hall Director of Complex Transactions and Michelle Thorp Director of Commercial Reform Programme.
“With our senior leadership team now in place, we can hit the ground running to ensure best practice across government and to create breakthrough results in cost, quality, service and innovation,” said Bill Crothers.
“Sally has extensive experience in the civil service with a career spanning 20 years, while Matt and Chris have impressive leadership records across a variety of sectors.”
He added: “All 3 are excellent additions to the team and a boon for government. Their commercial acumen, particularly in the area of procurement, means that all departments will benefit from the best knowledge and expertise in the business.”