Hi I’m Helen and I am mad about procurement. I currently work in the public sector in Scotland as a Chief Procurement Officer – well Head of Exchequer Services actually!
I’ve been a manager, responsible for people, for two decades. I’ve worked in corporate and front line services in government, business and the not for profit sectors throughout the UK.
I currently have a “day job” with responsibility for procurement spend of just under £50m, operational budgets of £5m, over 40 employees and their managers. I also do management consultancy for small businesses and not for profit organisations.
Over the years my teams have improved performance, reduced costs, found new sources of income and adapted to change and innovation. In 2014 my procurement team won a national award for excellence and I currently chair the Scottish Local Government Procurement Forum.
I am fascinated by all things procurement. From specifications and commissioning at the start to contract and supplier management at the end; I can’t get enough of the subject, the work and the great results we achieve for our organisations and our communities.
Read my Interview with Peter Smith from SpendMatters.
Procurious Big Idea 2016
Procurious Big Idea 2015
Highly Commended – Go Community Engagement
On Wednesday 9 November 2016 I was very proud to receive an award on behalf of the team who worked together to put the community at the heart of the procurement process. Using a concept called participatory budgeting we developed and implemented a way to involve communities in specifying, evaluating and managing a contract for public transport in Uist and Barra. Read more…