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Thank you to our 2020 Judging Panel

Mark Roscrow

Lead Judge and Former Director of Procurement Services, NHS Wales

Mark Roscrow serves as Director of Shared Services Procurement Services at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership. Mr. Roscrow joined the National Health Service in 1978 and worked for the Mid Glamorgan Health Authority Supplies Department, later moving to WHTSO (which became the Welsh Health Common Services Authority).
In 1980, he joined the North West Regional Health Authority as a purchaser at Trafford Park Hospital. Following a move back to Wales as Head of Purchasing in East Dyfed Health Authority, he returned to WHCSA as Director of Materials Management with the creation of the Procurement Group in Wales. Since 1996, he served as Director of Welsh Health Supplies following the market testing of the Contracting and Supply Chain services. He serves as Member of Customer Board at DHL Supply Chain Limited.
In 2012, Mr. Roscrow was honoured for a lifetime of outstanding achievement at the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards. He was recognised for his part in driving forward public procurement and making a real difference within the profession over an extended period of time and in 2017 he was awarded with a MBE.

Steve Robinson

Head of Procurement, City of Cardiff Council

Steve is a strategic leader with a proven record of leading cross-organisational transformation in the public sector. He is a highly experienced professional with a wide breadth of skills and experience across procurement, project and change management and management accountancy.
As Head of Procurement for Cardiff Council Steve led the adoption and implementation of category management within the Council delivering a step-change in procurement performance. For the last 10 years Steve was responsible for developing the Council’s procurement strategy and managing third-party spend and related procurement activities across all spend categories delivering savings in excess of £20m. Steve also provides senior level leadership to the Social Care category team.
For 4 years project manager for the successful implementation and deployment of SAP (financials, procurement, materials management, human resources, payroll and plant maintenance) across Cardiff Council delivering the £7m project on time and within budget.
CIMA qualified accountant with nine years experience in management accounting including responsibility for purchasing, stores, payroll and administration functions including a successful track record in systems design, development, implementation and management.

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, and is Director of Student Experience for the Business School.

Jane’s subject areas for teaching include purchasing/procurement, supply chain management and supplier management. Her research is focused around public procurement, social procurement and effective collaboration. Jane regularly presents papers at international supply chain and logistics conferences such as IPSERA, IRSPP, IPPC, BAM and POMS.

Additional Roles:

Co-investigator for IRSPP (international research study on public procurement);
LOM Advisory Board Coordinator
Branch Chair of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) – South Wales;
Associate Director (MICW) of Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), Cymru.
External examiner for University of Bedfordshire;
Co-Chair of the Joint-bidding Steering Group with Welsh Government,
Judging Panel member for GOAwards(Wales).

Emma Waldron

Risk, Procurement & Governance Manager, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

Emma is the Risk, Procurement & Governance Manager at Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and has over fifteen years’ experience working in procurement in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Achievements to date include a major project transformation from a procurement to a grants process and the successful negotiation of securing e-procurement tools free of charge to process grant applications, resulting in significant savings for WCVA and wider benefits for the voluntary sector.

Emma is a chartered procurement and supply professional with MCIPS and provides general advice and guidance on procurement to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in Wales. She is also a data protection specialist and a British Computer Society (BCS) accredited GDPR Practitioner and has worked closely with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to help prepare organisations for the GDPR.

Her hard work and commitment resulted in WCVA becoming a finalist in the Sustainable Procurement category at the 2017 Go Awards Wales.

Simon Stranks

Membership Executive - Small Business Unit, CBI (Confederation of British Industry)

Experienced Membership Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Event Management, Relationship Building, Public Relations, and Policy Analysis. Strong finance professional with a Master’s degree focused in International Relations from The University of Warwick.

Neil Davies

Director (Specialist Estates Services), NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Following a successful career in the construction industry working in both London and South Wales, Neil joined the Welsh Health Common Services Authority in 1994 to project manage major capital asset procurement schemes for NHS Wales. In 1996 he became Head of Capital Projects in the newly formed Welsh Health Estates and in 2000 he was promoted to Director.

Neil became an Assistant Director and Head of Facilities Services (now Specialist Estates Services), in the newly formed NWSSP in April 2011.

Neil’s expertise is in strategic asset management with a particular interest in project management and capital procurement. He is extremely proud of the development of the Designed for Life:Building for Wales collaborative framework, an initiative he first started work on in July 2004 and is now the route by which all major healthcare developments in NHS Wales are procured and built. He is also passionate about improving investment decision-making and obtaining better value for money through programme and project assurance techniques such as Gateway Reviews.

Neil has an Honours Degree in Building, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a postgraduate Diploma in Project Management, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.

Eddie Regan

Principal 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.