Down the Procurement Pub with Golf, Honours, Trump, Guy and Snail Mail

As this is published, I will be hacking my way around an unsuspecting golf course on a charity day – my second round in two years, the first being last week with CIPS Past President David Smith (he’s playing today too). I’m determined today is my “take this stupid game more seriously or give up any pretence of playing it ever again” moment. I’ll let you know. Here is David and me having a beer (me) and a cup of tea (him) after last week’s round.  Let’s hope we are both playing better today than we were then … watch out for the sports news next week!

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Last week, we spotted two procurement people amongst the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. So congratulations to Patricia Fernon, Deputy Head Commercial, Land Equipment, MoD, who was awarded an OBE for services to defence procurement.  Fernon, a keen golfer, said the highlights of her career have been operational and overseas tours to the Falkland Islands, Bosnia and Washington DC.

Also in MOD, there was a well-deserved MBE for services to Military Procurement to Gill Garlington, Senior Commercial Officer, Vehicle Support Team. From her entry on LinkedIn, Gill appears to have worked for MOD for 45 years (45 years!) and retired last autumn. Well done to her too.

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Was President Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a triumph or a publicity stunt, a validation for a ruler who presides over concentration camps and pretty much the least democratic state in the world? We won’t know for a year or two we suspect, but looking at it in basic negotiation terms, Trump appears to have made significant concessions (no more military exercises in south Korea) in return for vague statements with no timescales or hard deliverables. One-nil to Kim, we would suggest. However, I seem to remember an article suggesting that sometimes making the first concession in a long-term negotiation can pay off, so you never know!

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Our friend and ex-CPO Guy Allen is off on the next leg of his cycling tour of the UK, based loosely on following Daniel Defoe’s ‘A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain’ journey in the 18th century. His next leg is five days -  from Totnes to Worcester via Taunton and Bristol. Not too hilly on days 3,4 and 5 apparently.  I am otherwise engaged in Munich with Jaggaer and at my daughter's (civil) wedding ceremony so won’t be there – I might well have done days 4 and 5 looking at the map - but he would be delighted to have company. More details here.

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The latest interesting female US singer songwriter – in a bit of a current bumper crop – is 18 year old Lindsey Jordan, who records as Snail Mail. Her debut album, Lush,  is very good, mature for her years, tuneful mid-tempo indie in the main, she’s a very accomplished guitarist and her lyrics are both “teenage” and wise beyond her years.

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