I am pleased to tell you that Peter Smith will be acting as Spend Matter's trusty European correspondent, focusing primarily on the UK market but also opening his eyes to the broader Continent, sharing what he considers useful insights for global readers. I plan to reciprocate from time to time by penning posts for Peter's Procurement Excellence blog as well. Not only is Peter an expert in procurement, he has a style and wit that I’ve rapidly come to appreciate, as I hope you will. He’s got an edge and a snarky -- yet observant -- tone that comes from a combination of experience and distanced perspective, perhaps owing to his time at CIPS (but more on that in a minute). I hope you'll enjoy his forthcoming contributions as much as I've appreciated his body of RSS work so far.
Peter runs Procurement Excellence, a specialist procurement and supply-chain consulting firm, and is a well-known professional leader in the UK with considerable expertise and experience in public- and private-sector procurement-performance improvement. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, is a Fellow and past president of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and has written and spoken widely about procurement issues. He acts as a Commissioner (non-executive director) for the Legal Services Commission in the UK, and is also a non-executive director of Remploy, the UK's leading provider of employment services for disabled people and other disadvantaged groups.
Before moving into consultancy, he was Procurement Director for the Department of Social Security (the largest UK Government central Department) and the NatWest Group, as well as holding senior purchasing positions in two US corporations: Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and the Mars Group.
Please join me in welcoming Peter's voice to Spend Matters. As we continue to expand, it will be exciting to add not only a great authority and writer to the mix, but one who can lend a more European perspective as well.
Check back later today for Peter's first post about a purchasing ledger manager with a penchant for prostitutes, Bentleys, and defrauding his company -- and how he got away with it.