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Head appointed for government's new procurement drive
John Collington, the Home Office’s Group Commercial Director, has been announced as the new head of procurement in the Efficiency and Reform Group.
Collington will spearhead a new cross-Government approach to procurement, allowing Government to use its scale to ensure it always gets the best value for money.
This programme will be part of the new Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) which has been set up to mobilise expertise from across Government to drive fundamental reform and improve efficiency across Whitehall.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, who co-chairs the Efficiency and Reform Board, said: "As in any big complex organisation, there are some things that Government must mandate centrally. By giving a really big push to the centralisation of its procurement mandate we can make sure we take advantage of Government's buying power to drive down the costs of goods and services."
"The work that John Collington will lead from the Efficiency and Reform Group will help all departments across government address the pressing demands of necessary spending reductions."