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CEF Appointed to Procurement Board

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has announced changes to the Procurement Board as part of efforts to ensure the £3bn spent on public procurement annually is fully maximised. CEF Managing Director, Mark Spence has been appointed to the newly reconstituted Board which will meet in December.

Speaking in the Assembly, Conor Murphy said: “Procurement expenditure accounts for some £3bn annually, representing a quarter of the Executive’s budget. This makes the Executive a hugely significant buyer of goods, services, and construction work. In order to fully realise this spending potential I am reconstituting the Procurement board, which develops the Executive’s Procurement Policy.

“It’s important that Procurement Policy benefits from the expertise and insight of the sectors that tender for and deliver contracts on behalf of the public sector. The restructured Board will include procurement practitioners involved in the design and management of procurement exercises. I am also appointing five new representatives from key sectors of the economy including construction, manufacturing, social enterprise and SMEs.

“These individuals will engage with their respective sectors in order to bring their views, experiences and fresh thinking to this important area of policy.

Procurement Guidance Notes in future will go the Executive for approval. Outlining how this will elevate procurement policy, the Minister continued: “The Executive has agreed that Procurement Policy will carry the authority of Government Ministers who are accountable to the public and are responsible for ensuring public expenditure provides value for money.

The new members appointed to the Procurement Board are:

  • Construction: Mark Spence, Construction Employers Federation
  • Denise McMahon, Construction Professionals Council
  • Manufacturing: Mary Meehan, Manufacturing NI
  • SMEs: Ian McClelland, SME Forum
  • Social Enterprise: Colin Jess, Social Enterprise NI
  • Chief Executive CPD: Des Armstrong
  • Health and Social Care Sector: Peter Wilson
  • Major Projects and Procurement DfI: John Irvine
  • DoF Commercial Director: Sharon Smyth
  • Strategic Investment Board: Brett Hannam