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Recognising the best in public procurement.

Since 2003, the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards have showcased those organisations leading the way in public procurement best practice across all UK nations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the cumulative UK National GO Awards.

The GO Awards Scotland 2020/21 set out to recognise the achievement and successes of procurement teams from all aspects of the public, private and third sector organisations.

Even before COVID-19, public procurement in Scotland was rapidly evolving as part of its transformation from back-office function to strategic player. Now, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, the stakes are even higher. Procurement is front page news and, as the crisis evolves into something resembling normality, public service delivery will be at the forefront of economic recovery.

That’s why the GO Awards Scotland matter now more than ever. It’s time to recognise the tireless work and endeavour that underpins the delivery of critical services; to showcase the innovation and ingenuity that ensures public spend creates lasting social and economic benefit; and to mark the extensive collaborations and partnerships that exist across supply chains: whether to combat COVID-19 or deliver on the many other expectations of Scotland’s citizens.

This year, for the first time, the GO Awards Scotland 2020/21 will take place online. Using groundbreaking interactive technology, we will bring the GO Awards directly to you, allowing you to view the ceremony from a location of your choice.  The virtual GO Awards will give you a rare opportunity to come together with your peers, colleagues and the wider procurement community and recognise the fantastic job individuals and organisations have done during and throughout  the current COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be virtual – but the outstanding Awards entries and the stories behind them are very real.

Opening Address – Nick Ford

Director of Procurement and Property, Scottish Government

A highly experienced and effective senior leader of commercial and procurement, Nick has a successful and extensive track record of implementing commercial transformation programmes, which deliver significant value for money benefits and continuous improvements in operational delivery.

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. Spending 8 years as Head of Commercial and Procurement at the Department for International Development, he is now Director of Procurement and Property at Scottish Government.

With a passion for the development of both people and the profession, 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 continues to encourage learning for improved practice, including as an active mentor for Procurement and Commercial professionals.

Event Host – Sarah Heaney

Sarah started her TV career in Scotland where she was anchor for ‘Scotland Today’, Scottish Television’s main news programme for seven years, interviewing a wide range of people from politicians to pop stars. Sarah also fronted a series of special reports from Bangladesh.

Recently Sarah was live from Dubai for a weeks strand for ‘Daybreak’ and presented some live features on ‘This Morning’. Always game for a bit of adventure, Sarah has been lucky enough to travel from Mauritius to Mallorca to present feature and competition strands for ‘Daybreak’ and ‘LK Today’.

Watch Highlights from the GO Awards Scotland 2019