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Judging Panel

Preeya Bailie

Director Of Procurement Transformation and Commercial Delivery, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Preeya Bailie joined NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) in July 2018 as Chief Procurement Officer. A year later she became Director of Procurement Transformation and Commercial Delivery, bringing together procurement oversight of both primary and secondary care.

As the NHS is one of the UK’s largest buyer of goods and services, procurement can be a powerful tool in driving change. Preeya leads a programme which is focused on category transformation, harnessing data and technology to increase efficiencies and increasing transparency so that we can measure value more consistently.

Preeya is driving sustainable procurement to deliver on the NHS commitment to net zero by 2045 and a fair and transparent supply chain free of modern slavery. Our procurement will deliver wider social value, unlock benefits from innovation and foster healthy supply markets.

Preeya has a breadth of public sector procurement experience, spanning local authorities and procurement partnerships, including the establishment of frameworks, outsourcing of services, setting up of joint ventures and programmes for income generation.

John Coyne

Director of Commercial and Procurement, Welsh Government

John Fitzgerald Coyne nicknamed ‘Fitzy’ is an expert at developing commercial strategy and skills for the modern business. Named after the 35th President of the United States he had the privilege of working closely with his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver a long-time advocate for children’s health and disability issues who founded the movement that became Special Olympics.
John began his career in the Irish tourism sector and in 1991 became the first ever Commercial Director at Liverpool FC where he was tasked with broadening the financial, commercial and business development aspects of the club.
After leaving Liverpool FC, John spent some time at Sports Wales before moving to the health sector where he has largely remained since.
John was most recently the Managing Director an NHS owned Teckal Company, SWFT Clinical Services Ltd. Here he managed a turnover of approximately £50m a year and 280 staff.
He’s appeared on ‘This is your Life’ and ‘Question Time’ and interviewed Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Cecelia Ahern and Colin Farrell for cover stories for the Irish Post newspaper, and once even presented to a President!
John is a keen runner and lives with his wife Lisa and daughter Darcy. He became the Director Commercial and Procurement for the Welsh Government in September 2021.

Tracy Harrison

Chief Executive, Northern Housing Consortium

Tracy Harrison has worked in the social housing sector for over 15 years and has private and public sector experience gained in executive and non-executive roles across a range of sectors and at different levels of organisational scale and complexity.

As Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium, whose members own or manage 9 out of every 10 social homes across the North, Tracy has unparalleled insight into the issues, challenges and opportunities that local authorities, ALMOs and housing associations face in providing affordable housing and supporting the wider placemaking agenda.

She has a breadth of commercial experience gained in multinational corporations as well as in a small family business supplying the construction industry.

Tracy is passionate about affordable housing and its role in placemaking, economic regeneration and levelling-up.

Ying Han MCIPS

Head of Procurement, Rothamsted Research

Ying Han, MCIPS, is Head of Procurement with responsibility for all procurement by Rothamsted Research Ltd, the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world, and a major contributor to agri-food systems in the UK and internationally. Its strength in a “gene to field” approach combines science and strategic research, interdisciplinary teams and partnerships.

With over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, spanning the bioscience, pharmaceuticals, electronics and building materials industries, Ying has deep and extensive knowledge and understanding of procurement best practices in highly regulated and high compliance environments. She is particularly strong in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Supplier Relationship Management, Tender and Contract Management, Category Management, Cost Analysis and Reduction for both direct and indirect procurement. Ying was awarded a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Supply Chain and Operations Management by the University of Liverpool in 2009.

Alison Lisett MCIPS

Deputy Director Procurement Operations, Crown Commercial Service

Alison has an extensive background in Public Sector procurement and leads the procurement team based in Liverpool and Norwich at Crown Commercial Service, the largest public sector buying organisation in the UK. Alison is accountable for the delivery of procurement strategies across multiple categories which provide the public sector with significant savings, cost improvements and robust commercial and contractual arrangements.

Nick Ford

Director of Procurement and Property, Scottish Government

Nick spent eight years as Head of Commercial and Procurement at the Department for International Development.Following over 25 years within the private sector specialising in procurement, commercial and project management in roles across the UK, USA, Australia and Spain, Nick joined the public sector as part of HMG’s Commercial Functional Leadership Group.

Nick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Previously a CIPS Regional Chair and regular keynote speaker at conferences, Nick is also an active mentor for Procurement and Commercial professionals.

Steven Sinclair

Procurement & Commercial Director, NEPO

Steven Sinclair is Procurement & Commercial Director at NEPO where he is responsible for a work programme of £700m.
Steven joined NEPO in 2011, having worked in various procurement roles across the North East, including the former regional development agency One NorthEast. Steven’s career history also includes experience in both the manufacturing sector and financial services.
NEPO works in partnership with North East local authorities and Associate Members to undertake high-value procurement in major strategic areas of spend including Professional Services, Construction and Energy.

Keri Wilkins MCIPS

Adviser – Procurement, Local Government Association

Keri is an Adviser for the procurement and commissioning programmes within the LGA.

Her work includes:

  • Liaising with our National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement.
  • Leading on National Procurement Strategy workstreams including
  • – 2022 review of the NPS,
    – Construction, Children’s and Adults procurement and commissioning networks,
    – Learning and development.

  • Working on policy relating to the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper.
  • Working with wider public sector partners on policy issues relating to procurement.
  • Keri has worked in Local Government procurement since 2003 as a procurement policy and strategy lead in Leeds City Council, Programme Manager for the Yorkshire and Humber Heads of Procurement Group (SPG), procurement category manager and N Yorkshire PFI Schools contract manager.

    A qualified APM and PRINCE2 Practitioner, Keri has degrees in Law and Political Science, post graduate diploma in Legal Practice and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

    Dr. Jane Lynch

    Reader in Procurement and Supply Chain, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

    Jane is a Reader in Procurement for the Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section of Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

    Jane’s subject areas for research and teaching include innovation and social public procurement, supply chain management, and collaboration. Jane is the strategic lead for Procurement Labs in a WEFO funded project, Infuse (Innovation of Future Public Services). Jane is Programme Director for the UK Government funded ‘Help to Grow Management’ programme delivered at Cardiff Buisness School aimed at supporting SMEs with business growth.

    Additional Roles:
    Member of IRSPP (international research study on public procurement)
    Branch Chair of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) South Wales
    Associate Director (MICW) of Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), Cymru

    Grahame Steed

    Content, Research and Communications Director, BiP Solutions

    Grahame joined BiP Solutions in 2003 and has held the positions of Senior Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Sales and Marketing Director, MD for Media and Marketing Solutions and Director of Business Intelligence and eSourcing, Now, as Content, Research and Communications Director, Grahame is responsible for driving the growth of the business through the creation and delivery of the most accurate, relevant and actionable data, content and insight available.

    Eddie Regan

    Principal Procurement Consultant, Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS)

    Eddie is BiP Solutions’ Principal Procurement Consultant and 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 21 years Eddie has lectured regularly on procurement policy and processes at conferences and events, both on behalf of BiP 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.