More procurement people with New Year’s Honours

We featured the New Year’s Honours awards to Bill Crothers and Andrew Judge on the 31st here, but we missed a couple more of procurement significance.

Les Savage of DWP became a “Medallist of the Order of the British Empire”. He is a Higher Executive Officer, in the Estates area within the Finance and Commercial Directorate, and got the award for “services to DWP Estates and the Scout Association”.  A little detective work got me this information about Les.

“A member of Commercial Directorate who is one of the real deserving and unsung heroes in government procurement.  Apart from huge voluntary work with the scouts, he has been a rock in holding Trillium (the DWP’s provider of Estates and FM services) to account, seeks no credit and does it all with a smile. He is hugely respected in the Department and on the supply side. His only fault is that he is an Arsenal supporter”.

Well done to Les from us too.

Then Carl Meewezen was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) “for services to Government Efficiency”.  Carl is Deputy Director, Management Information, in the Cabinet Office. I know him reasonably well, having worked with him when I did consulting work with OGC back pre 2010. He has brought real analytical rigour (Carl is a numbers geek basically) to the efficiency agenda, firstly on initial spend analysis work across government, then on the whole very challenging savings measurement issue.

Carl has worked long and hard on this, I know, and the fact that Cabinet Office has got pretty much a clean bill of health on their savings data is largely down to Carl. That’s also why Spend Matters hasn’t been particularly critical of the figures either - I trust numbers from Carl more than I would from pretty much anyone else in that organisation! He’s also very approachable and pleasant to deal with – so I was very pleased to hear of the award, and offer him sincere congratulations.

The final one I spotted was Rachel Eade with another MBE, “for services to Industry”.  I know little about her other than that, and her LinkedIn page, but her job title is “Automotive Supply Chain Specialist, Manufacturing Advisory Service” and she lists CIPS on her cv, so I assume she is in some way part of our profession. Again, congratulations and well done to her!

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