In this series, our experts discuss the key themes and debates in public procurement right now. They also share their own experiences as leaders of the government commercial profession.
The fourth episode with Clemmie Smith, Deputy Director for Health and Education Workforce is available to watch now.
My team and I are working on a whole host of activities, from delivering our procurement pipeline to engaging with customers and policy makers on how commercial can enable delivery of key health and education priorities.
We are always looking at ways we can make our agreements easier for customers to use. We have lots of networks and communications channels, through which we gather feedback from NHS Trusts, other health organisations and schools.
Episode 1 - John Welch
John Welch is Deputy Director for Construction at Crown Commercial Service (CCS) with responsibility for common goods and services across construction categories. He and his team help to manage over £1.5 billion of construction related works and services projects and programmes each year on behalf of public sector customers.
John has over 20 years’ experience as a building and property professional in the private and public sector. He has worked across multiple sectors including building, infrastructure, civil engineering, petro-chemical and nuclear.
Episode 2 - Kim Harrison
Kim Harrison is Associate Commercial Specialist at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), with responsibility specifically for fleet across the Corporate Solution’s category. Kim and her team help to manage over £1 billion of fleet spend each year on behalf of public sector customers.
Before joining CCS Kim held commercial leadership roles within the NHS and further education sectors, spanning a wide range of products from IT hardware and software to professional services and consumables.
Episode 3 - Philip Orumwense
Dr Philip Orumwense is the Commercial Director and Chief Procurement Officer for Technology at Crown Commercial Service (CCS) with responsibility for common goods and services across technology and digital categories. He and his team help to manage over £10 billion of technology spend each year on behalf of public sector customers.
Philip has also worked extensively within the private sector, including for Siemens where he had responsibilities for multi-site and multi-business commercial activities spanning the UK, Germany and elsewhere in Europe, South and North America.
Philip was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020 by Her Majesty the Queen, for services to the public.
Episode 4 - Clemmie Smith
Clemmie Smith is Deputy Director for Health and Education Workforce at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), with responsibility for workforce requirements relating to recruitment, flexible and temporary staffing in healthcare and education settings. She and her team help to manage £2 billion of workforce spend each year for the NHS, schools and other public sector organisations.
Before joining CCS in 2016, Clemmie worked in strategic and collaborative procurement roles within the public sector. This included for local government, at Surrey County Council, central government and bluelight (Office of Government Commerce and National Policing Improvement Agency) and the university and cultural sector, at London Universities Purchasing Consortium.