Peter is Managing Editor of Spend Matters Europe, part of the world’s leading family of procurement websites, and Director of Public Spend Forum Europe. He has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and worked for the Mars Group, where he first held procurement management positions, then was Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the UK Government’s Department of Social Security (the largest non-military department / agency in the UK) , and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and also lectures on the University of Birmingham Procurement MBA course. He served as a non-executive director for two large government agencies and now fulfills that role for a successful private sector firm. His first co-authored book, “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in June 2010.
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Peter is Managing Editor of Spend Matters Europe, part of the world’s leading family of procurement websites, and Director of Public Spend Forum Europe. He has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and worked for the Mars Group, where he first held procurement management positions, then was Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the UK Government’s Department of Social Security (the largest non-military department / agency in the UK) , and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and also lectures on the University of Birmingham Procurement MBA course. He served as a non-executive director for two large government agencies and now fulfills that role for a successful private sector firm. His first co-authored book, “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in June 2010.

Education

St. John's College
1976 to 1979

Job history

Public Spend Forum Europe
Managing Editor
2010-09-01

Recent Posts

New UK NHS Future Operating Model Technology Contract Gets Awarded

July 5, 2018

The contract for the technology within the new National Health Service “Future Operating Model” (FOM), the central procurement and supply chain structure that will lead on 11 common spend categories across the UK NHS, has been awarded. And the lucky winner is … DXC Technology. DXC was created by the merger in April 2017 between […]

Should I Take a Job in Public Procurement? CEO for CCS Interviews This Week

June 19, 2018

This week sees the final interviews and selection for the Chief Executive role at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the UK central government collaborative buying operation. We suspect the candidates will include some – maybe even all – who are primarily private sector in terms of their background.  So why would a high-flying corporate CPO, COO […]

Procurement Innovation – What Does It Really Mean?

May 17, 2018

We know that “Procurement Innovation” is something that is dear to the hearts of many Public Spend Forum readers and indeed many working on both the buy and supply sides of the public procurement world, across many countries. But as this has become a hot topic, it has also led to some confusion. That’s because […]

Open Opps Platform Makes Data on Public Sector Spend Accessible To All

April 19, 2018

Last year, we introduced here on Public Spend Forum the Open Opps (as in “opportunities”) platform that is monitoring public sector contract opportunities in the UK and more widely. A recent initiative has seen the site now offering a spend analysis tool which enables users to carry out more detailed interrogation of the no less […]

Report on Manchester Bombing Identifies Critical Supplier Failings – Lessons To Be Noted

April 3, 2018

The Kerslake Report published last week into the events around the Manchester Arena terrorist suicide bombing last year in the north-west of England (at an Arianna Grande concert) makes very sad but fascinating reading. Bob (Lord) Kerslake, the author, was a top and successful local government CFO then CEO. He then joined central government as […]