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Sergii Dovgalenko
The Efficiency and Effectiveness of Public Procurement
Sergii Dovgalenko is CPO of JSC (joint stock company) Ukrainian Railways. He is an experienced procurement strategist with proven transformation expertise and was previously head of procurement for Etihad Airways in the UAE, where he headed up...
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Rapid Disinfection Robots available for UK public sector

Apr 9, 2021
Public sector organizations in the UK, including hospitals, police forces, fire and rescue services, educational establishments, hospices, housing associations and other public entities, can acquire LightStrike disinfection robots via the Countess of Chester CPS Framework (Countess of Chester is a...

EU Commission proposes new regulation for sustainable batteries

Apr 9, 2021
In December 2020, the European Commission published its proposal for a new Sustainable Batteries Regulation (“Regulation“), as part of its wider strategy for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient EU economy. The draft legislative proposal aims to ensure that all batteries placed on the EU...

UK MPs raise concerns over PFI contracts expiration

Mar 26, 2021
A report published by a prominent UK parliamentary committee warned that the failure to prepare for private finance initiative (PFI) contracts expiry could cause serious disruption to “vital public services such as schools and hospitals” and that the mismanagement of the expiry process “could...

European Commission presents actions to boost organic production

Mar 26, 2021
The European Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production which is designed to provide the fast-growing organic sector with the tools it needs to achieve a target of 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030. The plan puts forward 23 actions...

Whitehall will retrieve money from PPE suppliers that provided faulty goods

Mar 12, 2021
Supply Management writes this week that the UK government is undertaking an audit of personal protective equipment (PPE) and will be pursuing suppliers to recoup money where they did not meet requirements, ie., were not fit for purpose, not delivered, or not fully fulfilled. Last November the...
Articles and Perspectives

Speeding up the payment of public contracts

Jan 15, 2021
Erica Bosio, a researcher at the World Bank Group, Greta Polo, a private sector development analyst at the World Bank and Vinay Sharma, global director of solutions and innovations in procurement at the World Bank’s governance global practice give their take on how to speed up the payment of...

Why the public sector should use frameworks to comply with IR35

Jan 11, 2021
This guest post comes from Romy Hughes, director at Brightman. Some aspects of the public sector, particularly those running IT transformation projects which rely so heavily on the flexibility of contractors, have been frustrated by the perceived block on this flexibility by IR35. But they...

New UK Army ‘Bug’ Drones Can Spy on Targets 1.25 Miles Away

Dec 30, 2020
The emergence of drone use in the public sector has initiated many new and creative uses for this technology, ranging from utilization in ports and shipping to agricultural use to assist in emergency responses. Read more about the increasing use of drones in a variety of public sector fields and...

Bad Buying – What are the Root Causes in the Government Sector?

Oct 2, 2020
Last year, the Irish government bought a state-of-the-art digital printer, one of the most advanced pieces of machinery of its type in the world. Unfortunately, once it arrived in Dublin it became clear that there was a problem. Sadly, the printer was simply too large to fit into the building where...

Procurement Excellence Awards – CIPS honours more public sector bodies

Sep 18, 2020
CIPS – as many will know – is the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, a global professional body working for purchasing and supply professions. It represents a global community of over 200,000 professionally recognised and qualified members, with other leading business people,...
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EU Commission proposes new regulation for sustainable batteries

Apr 9, 2021
In December 2020, the European Commission published its proposal for a new Sustainable Batteries Regulation (“Regulation“), as part of its wider strategy for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient EU economy. The draft legislative proposal aims to ensure that all batteries placed on the EU...

European Commission presents actions to boost organic production

Mar 26, 2021
The European Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production which is designed to provide the fast-growing organic sector with the tools it needs to achieve a target of 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030. The plan puts forward 23 actions...

Free training to help SMEs secure more future contracts

Feb 12, 2021
UK big transport firms, HS2, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London, have joined forces in encouraging SMEs to register for free training courses designed to improve their prospects of meeting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) supply chain requirements and help them secure...

Transparency International releases latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Feb 5, 2021
2020’s Corruption Perceptions Index is out. The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. While most countries have...

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Managing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Peter Smith is Director for Public Spend Forum in Europe and leads our work in that region. He is also Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/ Europe and has been around procurement for 30 years as a manager, CPO and consultant. He was Procurement Director (CPO) for the UK's largest non-military government department in the 1990s, as well as holding that role in two major private sector firms, and was a non-executive director for two major public agencies. As a consultant he has advised government in the UK and more widely on procurement issues at the highest levels. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops. His first book, "Buying Professional Services", co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books.
Publishing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Nancy has 25 years of professional editorial and writing experience, including 15 years within the IT analyst publishing industry. She previously served as EMEA Head of Publishing for Gartner Inc. with responsibility for all client-facing analysis and reports, and prior to that as Managing Editor within the Dun & Bradstreet group. Most recently, she was Editorial Director for a technology PR firm. She has extensive experience of producing and authoring customer reference programmes, thought-leadership papers and newsletters. Nancy holds a BA (Honours) in Linguistics and Modern Languages.
Procurement Professional and Company Director, London Universities Purchasing Consortium
Head of Procurement, London South Bank University

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