Sustainable Procurement & Social Value
As governments across the world continue to respond to the ongoing climate emergency, and with COP26 taking place in the UK this November, procurement has perhaps never played a more important role in shaping the future of our public services.
Sustainable procurement seeks to minimise the environmental footprint when buying, using and disposing of products, and this is extended across the supply chain. There are numerous ways public sector can be more environmentally conscious, such as sourcing eco-friendly suppliers or consolidating orders to reduce CO2 emissions with fewer deliveries. Small changes can make a huge difference.
Delivering good quality public services within budget and offering added value is key to success procurement. Social value in the procurement process is crucial to public sector and is a keyway of helping improve local economic growth.
Social Value reflects an increased focus and ambition for a significant culture change across all public bodies, buyers and commissioning services to ensure that Social Value is not only adequately improved upon and considered in public procurement but is also incorporated as a requirement within the procurement process.
Join us for interactive sessions showcasing Sustainable Procurement and Social Value initiatives and best practice from across the UK’s public procurement community.
All sessions will take place live in venue only.
New Speakers Announced
Clare Dove DBE DL
Claire has been a key player in the Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise movement since the 1980's and is the national Crown Representative for the VCSE Sector with the remit of supporting the sector to access government contracts.
Claire nationally and internationally is known for her work in the sector and for ten years chaired Social Enterprise UK. She worked with government and leaders from the sector to create the first strategy for the Social Enterprise movement. She has ensured that we had a voice within Westminster and Whitehall, this included working with the teams to introduce the Social Value Act which is now embedded into many local government frameworks and in the national Crown Commercial procurement service. After stepping down as chair of SEUK Claire was asked and accepted to become a patron to the organisation.
Claire led the highly successful Blackburne House Group, until she retired in July 2020. Blackburne House offers an outstanding educational offer to women alongside running its award-winning School for Social Entrepreneurship and highly successful social enterprises.
Claire has received many awards for her role within the sector, which includes an MBE, OBE and also the Queens Lifetime achievement award for Enterprise promotion. Claire was once again honoured in the 2020 New Year’s honours list with a CBE.
Cindy is passionate about promoting social value and has spent the last 8 years working across the public, private and social sectors to help organisations understand how they can create and deliver additional value to communities. She has been a member of the National Social Value Taskforce since it was formed in February 2016 and is a core contributor to the best practice guidance published by the group.
Her current role as Strategic Account Manager at the Social Value Portal focuses on enabling Public Sector organisations maximise the value from procurement spend and supplier relationships by empowering people through training, creating a culture of continuous improvement and providing the support needed to create opportunities for sustainable growth.
Prior to joining the Social Value Portal Cindy has worked in various commercial roles in the UK Public Sector and Private Sector organisations in Ireland, India and South Africa.
Andrew joined CCS in 2018 as commercial lead. Andrew is now CCS’s environmental and sustainability guru working hard at delivering a better planet for all and helping on the relentless march towards Carbon Net Zero. Andrew works with the NHS, Local Authorities, Councils and Cities assisting with their plans to deliver Carbon Zero. Andrew works across all CCS agreements to support the development of customer focussed solutions that can contribute to the public sector net zero journey.
Glenn St John-Colgan
With over 30 years’ experience in commercial procurement roles, Glenn’s background brings a rare mix of breadth, scale and depth. He has saved the public millions, through innovative procurement methods and led tier one negotiations sector-wide for multi-million / billion-pound contracts. Glenn is MD of the commercial consultancy, Augmentas Group.
Tom is the Head of Public Sector for Amazon Business UK and Ireland, based in London. Prior to Amazon, Tom has worked in senior management roles at Lloyds Banking Group and the BBC, as well as being an elected Councillor for the Corporation of London, where he is Deputy Leader, and Chairs the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest Arts Centre.
Charlene is the Head of Policy Delivery at Crown Commercial Service, moving into the policy arena after over 12 years in category and commercial roles in the public sector. During this time she worked with colleagues in Cabinet Office and Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport to deliver the pilot procurement for delivery of social value within CCS, and helping develop the recent PPN 06/20 on Social Value for Central Government
Darren R.Knowd (MBA MCIPS)
Bettina has been with WRAP since 2010 and has held the role of Programme Manager for six years, leading WRAP Cymru’s work with businesses in the electricals, textiles, resource management, food and drink, hospitality, and public sectors. With a background in market research and knowledge management, Bettina has 20 years’ experience in design, delivery and management of business support services in the UK, and has a MBA from the University of Warwick.
Experienced alliance, partnership and supplier management professional in IT and Government, on both sides of the relationship, with non-exec experience. Primary roles in the last 10 years:
*Head of Vendor Management at UK government arms length body/financial services organisation (SLC)
*IT Contract/Supplier transition strategy and programme support for a UK Retail Bank (TSB)
*Category strategy creation/commercial support for UK government Research and Evidence portfolio (DFID)
*Head of global IS Vendor Management for a regulated utility operating in UK and US (National Grid)
*Interim COO/CEO roles for UK government funded training and development organisations for young people, adults and transport provision (TBG, Birmingham City Council, Solihull MBC, Worcestershire CC, Connexions)