Lunchtime Briefing

The Future of Public Procurement: A Cross-sector Perspective

With Lindsay Maguire, Deputy Director, Procurement Reform, Cabinet Office and Prof Chris White, Director of Industrial Policy and Insight Centre at the MTC, Visiting Professor of Industrial Strategy at Loughborough University and Richard Holroyd, CEO of Capita Public Service.

Date & time

22 Feb 2024

12:00 - 14:30

Attendance type

Online

Where

Central London and Virtual

Price

Free

Theme(s)

Economic growth and prosperity

When registering for this event you can choose whether you would prefer to attend in-person or virtually. Please note in-person capacity is limited, and any members we are unable to accommodate face-to-face will be offered the opportunity to join virtually. The livestream will run from 12:30 – 14:00

This year saw the passing of Procurement Act, which will enable simpler, more flexible and effective procurement. The new regime is expected to go live in October 2024, transforming the way public bodies spend £300bn per year. It will require a shift in the way commercial teams across government and suppliers collaborate, and change the approach of procurement specialists across the sectors. In this session, we will explore:

  • How government and public sector commercial teams, along with suppliers should be preparing for the change in procurement
  • What the new Procurement Act will mean for social value going forward
  • Where there is scope for engagement and collaboration between the Cabinet Office, commercial and procurement teams and the private sector

Speakers

Lindsay is the Deputy Director for Procurement Reform Implementation at the Cabinet Office. She joined the Government Commercial Organisation in 2016, initially working as senior category leader for employment and labour market in DWP and subsequently as Head of Small Business Policy at Cabinet Office, working with all central government departments and SMEs to break down barriers to entry. Prior to joining the civil service, she gained 10+ commercial experience from the private sector, working in the Aerospace, property management and FMCG sectors for both large multinationals and SMEs, including spending 5 years abroad in Germany, Netherlands and Canada working on complex projects.

Chris is the Director of the Industrial Policy Research Centre at Loughborough University, formed in collaboration with the MTC, and was the Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington, 2010-2017.

As an MP, he was a member of both the International Development and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committees and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on manufacturing. Prior to joining the MTC, Chris was the Director of the Institute for Industrial Strategy, King’s College, London.

Amongst other roles, Chris is now the President of the Warwickshire College Group, Vice Chair of Social Enterprise UK, Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Engineering, City, University of London and a member of the Manufacturing Policy Panel at the IET. He is proud to be the author of a Private Member’s Bill, which became the legislation now known as the Social Value Act. This Act now influences around £26bn (10%) of Government spending.

Richard leads the Public Service division which is a strategic partner to government in the application of digital transformation to improve the productivity of operations and to help deliver essential services to millions of customers.

Richard joined Capita in January 2021 as the Managing Director and Client Partner of the Defence, Fire and Security Sector one of the largest strategic suppliers to the UK MOD, leading a team of over 5000 people who enable the UK Armed Forces globally to deliver better outcomes.

After University, Richard commissioned into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and spent the next 20 years on a wide range of operations including Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq and staff appointments in training and HR including a tour at the Staff College and as the Divisional Colonel of the Kings’s Division with accountability for staffing and recruiting. His final appointment was as the Commanding Officer of the Military Corrective Training Centre.

On leaving the Army in 2008 Richard joined BT Group initially in the Global Services Division and later in the Technology and Service Division where he led Strategy, Transformation and Service for both Global Multi-National Businesses and the UK Consumer Business. He played a key role in transforming service performance, improving customer experience, and launching new products.

Prior to joining Capita Richard spent 4 years at Centrica on the Executive Leadership Team of the Consumer Division as the Chief Transformation Officer. Charged with transforming the business brands including British Gas, Direct Energy in the US and Bord Gas in Ireland into a customer centric agile Digital Businesses.

In addition to an undergraduate degree from the University of Ulster, Richard has an MBA from Cranfield. Outside of work Richard lives on an island off the North Essex coast where he races his boats and exercises his passion for Paddle Boarding. 

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Date & time

22 Feb 2024

12:00 - 14:30

Attendance type

Online

Where

Central London and Virtual

Price

Free

Theme(s)

Economic growth and prosperity

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