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Judging Panel

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.

Nikki Archer

Deputy Director, Head of Procurement and Commercial Policy & Strategy and Head of Procurement Profession, 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.

An FCIPS Chartered Procurement & Supply professional, Nikki currently sits on the CIPS Foundation Steering Group and is an ex-trustee of their Global Board of Trustees. With specific interests in developing the capability of individuals, organisations, supply chains and our Procurement People of Tomorrow, Nikki also plays an active role in encouraging diversity (in all its forms) within senior procurement and supply chain roles.

Gordon Beattie

NHS National Services Scotland Director of National Procurement

Gordon joined National Services Scotland (NSS) in December 2019 from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, where since January 2001, he has held various senior procurement roles. During this initial period in his new role Gordon has led the national procurement response to Covid19 emergency. Gordon said, “I’ve been immensely proud of the way National Procurement, Health Board procurement , Scottish Government colleagues and our key suppliers have responded to the emergency. It gives a real insight to the benefits of working together to a common objective. In my new role, a key focus for me will be to maximise how we collaborate and partner across the health and social care sector, in turn providing benefits to patients, customers and the wider economy.”

National Procurement sits within the Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities strategic business unit of NSS alongside Business Development, Health Facilities Scotland and National Specialist and Screening Services.

Claire Skinner

Head of Operational Procurement and Compliance and Deputy Chief Executive, APUC

Claire started her career in 1999 on a graduate programme for GEC Marconi where she worked in procurement focussing on supply chain activity. From that she moved into consultancy focusing on public sector clients which ultimately led to her gaining vast experience working in London on the 2012 Olympics and Defra. Claire then moved home to Scotland taking up her role at APUC.
APUC is a Centre of Expertise for the Higher and Further Education Sector in Scotland and was formed in 2007. APUC is owned by Scotland’s Universities and Colleges and operates entirely in the interests of these institutional stakeholders. Claire has been with APUC for over 4 years and is responsible for Operational Procurement to ensure that compliant collaborative Framework Agreements are delivered under a Category Management structure to meet the needs of the sector driving benefits and efficiencies in line with the relevant Regulations.

Julie Welsh

Director, Scotland Excel

Julie Welsh is the Director of Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for local government. As the organisation’s senior officer, she provides leadership and strategic direction to ensure its services are aligned to the needs of the sector. Since taking up her post in September 2014, Julie has implemented strategies to extend the range of services provided by Scotland Excel, extend the influence of the organisation in the wider public sector landscape, and secure its future as a leading shared service.

Julie has more than twenty years leadership and procurement experience in the public and private sector. Before joining Scotland Excel, she spent five years with Renfrewshire Council where she was Head of Procurement and Business Support. Prior to this, she held senior procurement roles at Glasgow Housing Association and Scottish Power, and has worked within the manufacturing, higher education and transport sectors. Julie holds an MBA from Glasgow University and has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply since 2001.

Paul Hansen

Head of Devolved Administrations & Nuclear at Crown Commercial Service

Senior Procurement and Business Development professional. Currently responsible for all Crown Commercial Service, commercial activity in Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales.

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 Consultant, PASS Procurement

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