Down The Procurement Pub With LPP, Sad News and Balfour Beatty

Another week, another lack of new drinking pics. So here is a rather artistic picture I took at some dinner...

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As well as the Hinkley issue, there’s another problem in the nuclear world. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) who are in charge of cleaning up past nuclear activities lost a challenge from an unhappy bidder. The contract was for cleaning up 12 sites but the judge ruled that the procurement process was unfair on the incumbent supplier Energy Solutions, who lost out to Babcock-Flour. The evaluation process was biased, basically, and indeed if the contracting authority had stuck to their definition of the process, the “winning” bidder should have been disqualified. We will have more on this when the full judgement is released. What it does suggest is the development we noted last year is continuing, with judges being more prepared to get into the real detail of tender evaluations.

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Very sad news this week, that David Harrower, who had a long career in procurement including working with KPMG, Atos, the Office for Government Commerce / Cabinet Office and Apsiz, has died after a stroke.  David was also a dedicated CIPS Surrey Branch Treasurer. I didn’t know him well, but had regular interaction with him in the OGC days, and through CIPS, have seen him every now and again since. I always found him to be thoughtful, professional, and capable, but above all just a really nice guy – I can’t think of a better word really, and I have never heard anyone in the profession say a bad word about him. Very sad, he was only 59 and our sincere condolences to his friends and particularly his family.

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There is what looks like a very interesting role going in the London Procurement Partnership, the collaborative body that supports procurement across London hospitals. It’s a COO (Chief Operating Officer) role, paying in the £85K to £105K range. LPP is doing good work and seems to be increasing its influence and performing well.  “You will have significant operational experience within complex, highly regulated procurement environments and a track record of developing, delivering and performance managing high quality services and of implementing major service and organisational change”. Full details here and closing date is 19th August.

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Grahame Ball, CIPS Board member, is leaving Balfour Beatty after just 8 months. The CPO role is being taken by Ian Johnson, the Group Chief Information Officer, who is taking on a broader leadership role which adds procurement to his current responsibilities. So did the CEO tell Ball that his new reporting line was to the CIO, at which point Ball (not surprisingly) jumped? Or was there a strategic difference between the CPO and the CEO, or disagreement on approach or performance?  We may never know, unless Ball would like to tell us. Balfour Beatty seems to have a re-organisation and / or a new CPO every year or two so anyone approached needs to think carefully about whether this is a “poisoned chalice” sort of role!

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So the latest in our summer series of excellent / unusual cover versions is Senor Coconut with Kraftwerk’s Showroom Dummies. I don’t think there is anything else to say other than enjoy … and do keep telling us about your favourite cover versions!  (I actually think I prefer this to the original).

 

Voices (6)

  1. Carol Harrower:

    Thank you to everyone who has sent kind thoughts and words about David Harrower. He was a gentle, caring and generous man who will be sorely missed by his family. It is comforting to know he worked with such lovely people. Carol Harrower, David’s wife.

  2. Carl Meewezen:

    I was privileged to work with David at KPMG, Atos, OGC and CO. Throughout those many years he was a very talented procurement professional with the highest standards of personal integrity, who saw the best in everyone he worked with. He was tremendous fun to be with and always had a smile and a (often fairly awful!) joke to lift your spirits, especially when the going got tough. David was very modest about his achievements, but made a profound contribution to our profession, especially to how we understand procurement spend and track our performance. He was a great friend and will be sorely missed.

    The funeral yesterday was a great celebration of David’s life. Carol and the boys said how grateful they are to all who have contributed to the book of condolences.

    I’ll forward on a link to this page to them also so that they can see what others have said here.

  3. Richard Anstis:

    David Harrower’s funeral is this Friday, 12th August, at 2.30, at St.Johns Church, West Byfleet. No flowers please but donations welcome to Guide dogs for the Blind which was David’s favourite charity.

  4. Christine Morton:

    Such awful news about David Harrower – I really enjoyed working with him at OGC and my thoughts are with his family.

  5. The Guitar Man:

    Very sad to hear about David, I had regular contact with him in his OGC days and with CIPS. A charming intelligent man who will be sadly missed.

  6. Secret Squirrel:

    David was a colleague of mine in three of the places mentioned and I’d agree with everything you said. A very sad loss.

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