24 April 2018, Manchester

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

The judges for the National GO Awards 2017/18 include a cross section of key procurement figures from within the public and private sectors whose aim is to assess each GO Awards category submission.

After the Awards deadline, the judges will have access to all the submissions, scoring them independently, before meeting in February 2017 to decide on what organisations reach the ‘finalist’ stage. Click on any of the judges’ profiles below to see their biographies.

Judges

  • Ainslie McLaughlin

    Director of Procurement and Commercial

    Scottish Government

    Ainslie McLaughlin

    Director of Procurement and Commercial

    Scottish Government

    Ainslie is the Scottish Government’s Director, Procurement and Commercial, leading the Public Procurement Reform Programme in Scotland to deliver greater efficiency and value for money, promote innovation and support sustainable economic growth.

    Ainslie took the post of Director of Procurement and Commercial at the Scottish Government in March 2015. He is a civil engineer by profession with over 30 years in central and local government and the contracting sector. Before taking up his present post he was Director of Major Infrastructure with Transport Scotland where he led the Scottish Government’s £3 billion investment programme to modernise and improve Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

  • Duncan Eaton

    Executive Advisor

    Associate Parliamentary Health Group

    Duncan Eaton

    Executive Advisor

    Associate Parliamentary Health Group

    Duncan Eaton is currently Chairman Kimal Holdings plc, Executive Advisor to the Associate Parliamentary Health Group and is a non executive director and advisor to several healthcare and public sector related companies and organisations.

  • David Smith

    Chairman

    CIPS Nominations Committee

    David Smith

    Chairman

    CIPS Nominations Committee

    David has 30 years experience in senior and board level procurement roles, including 11 years as DWP’s Commercial Director (managing a £5 billion pa procurement spend). He is a CIPS Past President, past member of the CIPS Board of Management and Council and Past Chair of its Nominations Committee and previous responsibilities include Deputy CPO for UK Government. He advises and lectures extensively and regularly in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia and advises organisations around the world on procurement strategy and delivery. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 New Year Honours and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

  • John Tizard

    Independent strategic advisor and commentator

    www.johntizard.com

    John Tizard

    Independent strategic advisor and commentator

    www.johntizard.com

    John Tizard is a strategic advisor and commentator on public policy, governance and public services. He works with organisations from the public – particularly local government, business, voluntary and community, and trade union sectors as well as think tanks and academic institutions. He mentors leaders across the sectors.

    Much of his recent work has focused on strategic leadership, innovative change, governance, political-executive relations, commissioning and procurement, collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

    John regularly writes, speaks and comments on these and a wider range of issues nationally and internationally.

    John was a senior executive at the Capita Group plc and before that at Scope. John was a county councillor for 18 years and joint council leader for over eight years. He has served on NHS, police authority and school boards; and chaired an academy trust.

    He founded and led a research and practice centre (Centre for Public Service Partnerships) at Birmingham University before turning to his present portfolio career.

    He is currently a trustee and chair of several charities and a non-executive director of some small socially focused businesses. He has been a visiting fellow at three universities. He is currently a member of several advisory boards and an associate of several consultancies, businesses and academic bodies. He has been an evaluator for the European Public Service Awards (EPSA) since 2011.

  • Elizabeth Welton

    Head of Shared Procurement Service

    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Coventry City Council

    Elizabeth Welton

    Head of Shared Procurement Service

    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Coventry City Council

    Liz is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply through examination and has worked in procurement for 30 years in both the public and private sectors. Her previous employers include Sealink, the Health Service Supply MBC, Islington Council and South Glamorgan County Council. She has been with Solihull Council since 1988, originally as Principal Purchasing Officer. She completed a corporate review of procurement and was appointed Corporate Procurement Manager for Solihull MBC in November 2004. Since then, the Corporate Procurement service has delivered over £10 million worth of savings. The service was the winner of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO)’s Outstanding Achievement in Procurement Award in 2009 for two successful partnering contracts let to support Solihull’s Property Services Team.

    Since January 2009, Liz has been developing a shared procurement service with Coventry City Council. The 12-month pilot was a success and Warwickshire County Council has agreed to work to a shared procurement strategy and a shared savings plan with Coventry and Solihull.

    Liz was a founder member of SOPO and was appointed as the first Chairman when the new Society was launched in 1997. She has always played an active role on the National Executive Committee and has again been Chairman of the Society since November 2008.

     

  • Jonathan Hopkins

    Deputy Director, Procurement Policy and Capability

    Welsh Government

    Jonathan Hopkins

    Deputy Director, Procurement Policy and Capability

    Welsh Government

    Jonathan Hopkins began his role of Deputy Director, Procurement Policy and Capability at Welsh Government in June 2016.

    Jonathan previously worked in Natural Resources Wales and has an extensive background in public and third sector procurement including DVLA, Carmarthenshire County Council, the NHS and the National Trust. Jonathan is Chair of the NPS Delivery Group, and his remit currently includes leading on the development and delivery of  the various policy and capability initiatives through vehicles that include the Wales Procurement Policy Statement.

  • Eddie Regan

    PASS Principal Procurement Consultant

    BiP Solutions Ltd

    Eddie Regan

    PASS Principal Procurement Consultant

    BiP Solutions Ltd

    Eddie is PASS Principal Procurement Consultant at BiP Solutions. Working alongside the Client Services team, he frequently assists public sector organisations with clarification and interpretation of EU Directives and a wide variety of legislative issues.

    For the last 19 years Eddie has lectured regularly on procurement policy and processes at conferences and events, both on behalf of BiP Solutions and for a variety of other organisations. He also provides in-house training on the tendering process to personnel in both the public and private sectors.