New Year’s Honours for Procurement and Project Management professionals

Congratulations to the handful of procurement and related professionals who were honoured in the UK's New Year’s Honours list.

I confess, the only name I recognised amongst them was Bob Assirati, who is awarded the CBE. He  worked at CCTA and then the late lamented Office of Government Commerce for many years, and was a pioneer in public sector technology and project / programme management. Bob was involved in initiatives such as the development of the PRINCE methodology and the major projects’ review process over the years - a good guy and highly respected by his peers. Congratulations Bob.

But there were a few other people from our profession / industry who I spotted amongst on the list.

Lynn Garvie, previously Head of Procurement for the Scottish Parliament, received an OBE, as did Jim Foster,  Head of Corporate Real Estate and Sourcing, EMEA, for JP Morgan Chase – his awarded “for services to the Financial Services Industry in Northern Ireland”.

And finally, unless I missed anyone (which is quite possible), Garry Chambers, Head of Business Management for the Commercial (procurement) Directorate of the Department for Work and Pensions received an MBE.

Here is the Sheffield Star reporting on his award:

Top boss Garry Chambers has been sitting on a secret he’s been dying to share after being awarded the MBE. The head of business management at Sheffield’s Department of Work and Pensions said the news ‘came out of the blue’.

Dad Garry, who lives in the Crystal Peaks area, said: “I must have read the letter four or five times and it still didn’t sink in. But I am absolutely over the moon. It’s been a couple of weeks since I got the letter and I’ve been dying to tell people!”

“We’re going to see my parents tomorrow for lunch so I can tell them the news at last.”

Garry, 46, received his honour for services to business.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of work in the department tackling the reductions we’re having to do, but I also do voluntary work with Rotherham Sailing Club, so I think it might be a combination of the two things that’s got me an honour.”

Well, yes, one would hope it was down to more than a bit of effective redundancy planning...

If anyone knows Garvie or Foster, (or indeed if they're reading this themselves), I’d love to feature more about them and their awards, but many congratulations to all of the recipients!

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  1. The Guitar Man:

    I am particular pleased for my colleague Garry Chambers, one of the hitherto unsung heros of government procurement with skills on procurement and finance! Well done Garry and enjoy!

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