13 March 2019, The Titanic Hotel, Belfast

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20 Judging Panel

The judges for this year’s GO Awards Northern Ireland 2019/20 include a cross section of key procurement figures from within the public and private sectors whose aim was to assess each GO Awards category submission.

After the awards deadline, the judges were have access to all the submissions, scoring them independently, before meeting to decide on the organisation(s) who will be successful in obtaining a “highly commended” or “winners” award.

Our 2019/20 judging panel is below and you can click on any of the judges’ profiles below to see their biographies.

Judges

  • Michael Watson

    Acting Head Policy

    Central Procurement Directorate (CPD)

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    Michael Watson

    Acting Head Policy

    Central Procurement Directorate (CPD)

  • Roy Bell

    Past Deputy Director

    Central Procurement Directorate (CPD)

    Roy Bell

    Past Deputy Director

    Central Procurement Directorate (CPD)

    Roy Bell is currently a procurement advisor for the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board.  He is working on a programme to address fuel poverty through the retro fitting of energy efficiency improvements in domestic dwellings.  He was formally a Divisional Director within the Northern Ireland Central Procurement Directorate.  He had responsibility for the procurement of goods and services (£500M+) to central all government departments and their arms length bodies.  Roy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and has represented the institute internationally in Europe, Africa and Caribbean’s. 

  • Grant Gilmore

    Operations Director

    InterTradeIreland

    Grant Gilmore

    Operations Director

    InterTradeIreland

    Grant Gilmore is InterTradeIreland’s Operations Manager responsible for all Public Tendering programmes. The portfolio includes the award winning Go-2-Tender programme, Supplier Engagement events and developing Consortia opportunities for SME’s.
    Prior to this Grant managed programmes to develop all island business networks and Innovation partnerships with some of the Islands leading companies.

  • Colin Jess

    Director

    Social Enterprise NI

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    Colin Jess

    Director

    Social Enterprise NI

  • Ashleigh Cryan

    Chair

    Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply NI (CIPS)

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    Ashleigh Cryan

    Chair

    Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply NI (CIPS)

  • Colin Killeen

    Procurement & Payments Manager

    Derry & Strabane

    Colin Killeen

    Procurement & Payments Manager

    Derry & Strabane

    Colin Killeen is Derry City & Strabane District Councils Procurement & Payments Manager, with over 20years procurement experience in both Private & Public Sectors, Construction, high volume manufacturing & Local Government Authority. Colin has developed and implemented procurement policies and procedures across both sectors.

    A notable recent procurement success would be tender management and appointment of BMI as part of “City of Derry Airport (CODA) to London Air Services Public Service Obligation” for the Council owned Airport.

    Colin is currently Co- Chair of Local Government Procurement Officers Group

  • Nikki Bell

    Head of Commercial Policy & Project Assurance

    Scottish Government

    Nikki Bell

    Head of Commercial Policy & Project Assurance

    Scottish Government

    Nikki has worked in a number of private and public sector senior procurement and programme management roles since graduating in 1990 with a BA(Hons) in Business Economics and Marketing. With IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent she gained extensive experience in leading national and international procurement and system transformation programmes. Since joining the Scottish Government in 2005 she has played a key role in driving and enabling public procurement reform in Scotland, with a particular focus on building Scottish Government’s Procurement, Commercial and Project Delivery skills. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply’s, Nikki sits on CIPS Global Board of Trustees; is Chair of CIPS Global Congress; and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. With specific interests in developing the capability of individuals, organisations, supply chains and our Procurement People of Tomorrow, she is a Member the Glasgow Caledonian University ‘School for Business and Society’ Advisory Group; Chair of the Scottish Professional Practice and Development Strategic Forum; and is an active contributor to the development and implementation of Scottish Government’s People Strategy.

     

  • Mary McKee

    Strategic Advisor

    Head of Buy Social Unit

    Mary McKee

    Strategic Advisor

    Head of Buy Social Unit

     

    Mary has led on the development of ‘Buy Social Clauses’ in Northern Ireland – a unique initiative that promotes smarter government commissioning that will transform people’s lives, socially and economically.  Buy Social is particularly aimed at getting people who are furthest from the labour market back into employment and training.  The Buy Social Unit within SIB is currently advising Departments on £2.6billion of government contracts in construction, services and ICT.

    Since joining SIB, Mary has had a number of roles.  From 2011-2017, Mary developed and managed an Associate Advisor Service made up of a multi-disciplinary team of consultants which provide support and advice to NI Government Departments and key stakeholders on a range of complex assignments.  During 2009-2013, Mary led the development of the Peace building Conflict Resolution Centre at the former prison at Maze Long Kesh.  This was acknowledged as one of the most sensitive sites and projects in Europe and involved careful stakeholder manager and the development of the project using a co-design process.  The project was granted £26million from European and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Prior to SIB, Mary was Chief Executive of PlayBoard and Executive Director of Groundwork NI, leading each organisation from start up positions to become cutting edge organisations that address key social issues and deliver services to some of NI’s most marginalised communities.

    Mary is currently a Council member of the Board of University of Ulster, having previously been a member the NI Probation Board and an independent member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

  • 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.

  • David Fry

    Executive Assistant Director

    the Construction Employers Federation NI

    David Fry

    Executive Assistant Director

    the Construction Employers Federation NI

    David joined the CEF in July 2015 and has responsibility for the General and Civil Engineering Committees as well as the Private and Social Housing Committees. In addition, he looks after the Federation’s public affairs and public relations activities, membership and recruitment, the Construction Excellence Awards, environmental standards within the industry, including NVIR-O-CERT, and the courses and seminars programme. David is also the industry’s liaison with Trade Unions through the Joint Council.

  • Lynn Carvill

    Chief Executive

    WOMEN’STEC

    Lynn Carvill

    Chief Executive

    WOMEN’STEC

    Lynn is Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC, an organisation specialising in the delivery of skills training and the promotion of opportunities in sectors and careers where women are typically under-represented.

    Lynn is also convenor of the Northern Ireland Women’s Budget Group and has a keen interest in gender equality issues in relation to women’s economic position and labour market participation. She has held a number of policy and advocacy roles in the women’s sector and earlier in her career established the Organisation of the Unemployed: Northern Ireland, the northern division of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed. In 2010 she developed a project which culminated in the publication of the seminal research report The Northern Ireland Economy: Women on the Edge?’

  • Peter Wilson MSc MCIPS

    Assistant Director - Procurement and Logistics Service

    HSC Business Services Organisation

    Peter Wilson MSc MCIPS

    Assistant Director - Procurement and Logistics Service

    HSC Business Services Organisation

    Peter commenced his career in the Health Service  over 37 years ago and has held positions at all levels in purchasing and supply. In May 2009, following Health and Social Care restructuring in Northern Ireland, he was appointed Assistant Director at the Business Services Organisation with responsibility for the Procurement and Logistics Services.

    In this role Peter is responsible for delivering strategic and operational procurement and logistics services to all health and social care trusts, boards and agencies within Northern Ireland influencing procurement expenditure of circa £750M per annum growing to £1.2bn by 2021. He also represents N.I. Health and Social Care on a number of UK National Supplies Groups and on the N.I. Procurement Practitioners Group.

    Peter holds a Masters Degree in Purchasing and Supply Management, is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and a past Treasurer of the N.I. branch of the Health Care Supplies Association.