Managing Risk in Outsourcing: A Cross Sector Conversation with the Cabinet Office

Following on from the publication of the Outsourcing Playbook earlier this year and the continued cross sector conversation about best practice in outsourcing, WIG is delighted to announce this panel session looking at managing risk. Along with private sector comments, you will hear from Clare Gibbs OBE, Director of Outsourcing at the Cabinet Office and Meryl Bushell, Crown Representative, also from the Cabinet Office.

We will address:

•             Managing risk in outsourcing - Defining the required outcomes

•             Understanding market and supplier resilience

•             How to go about Risk allocation - supplier/department

About the speakers:

Clare Gibbs OBE, Director of Outsourcing, Cabinet Office

Clare Gibbs joined the Civil Service in 1998, spending the majority of her career within the Ministry of Defence and the National Crime Agency before moving to the Cabinet Office in March 2017. As a qualified accountant and senior commercial specialist, Clare has undertaken a variety of challenging roles within finance and commercial domains and led commercial negotiations for major procurements.

On joining the Cabinet Office Clare was appointed as a Strategic Partnering Manager for Carillion and Amey.

Clare was part of the government’s response to the collapse of Carillion and played a pivotal role in ensuring public services were maintained. She is now leading the Outsourcing Programme.

Clare was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.

Meryl Bushell, Crown Representative, Cabinet Office

Meryl set up her own consultancy and coaching business in September 2007 after many years in the telecommunications industry. She specialises in senior executive coaching, leadership and consultancy services for buyers and suppliers.

In December 2013, Meryl was appointed Crown Representative by Cabinet Office to work with strategic suppliers.