John Collington, Government Chief Procurement Officer is going. We believe.

We got a bit of flack for mentioning a rumour the other day, without explaining it, so here we go. We're pretty confident of this now!

I guess the Cabinet Office couldn't announce John Collington's imminent departure from his post as UK Government CPO until after his Minister Francis Maude's backside kicking session with top suppliers yesterday. It might have distracted from the key message. But it is getting a bit ridiculous that it hasn't been announced, when it seems like everyone in public procurement, and much of the supply market knows!

He definitely hasn't been pushed - totally his decision, we understand. We don't know where he's going, but the  consensus is a "top role with a fairly small firm in the Thames Valley"...

Timing is everything in making career choices, and I suspect his timing is good. We wish him all the best, and more on this next week - either discussion around the impact on public sector procurement, or a huge apology if we're wrong!


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  1. eSourcingSensei:

    “Timing is everything in making career choices”

    So Mr C leaves and Sensei is now available LOL 🙂

  2. Christine Morton:

    You missed Shania Twain – “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”

  3. dan2:

    So what’s the rumour mill saying on who’s taking over?

  4. Final Furlong:

    So, will Guitar Man become the lead singer in the GPS band? (He always sings in tune.)

    Forget the Top 40 albums, here’s a selection of ‘swan songs’ for Mr Collington which the Front Covers could sing at his leaving bash…

    ‘Money’ Pink Floyd*
    ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ Barrett Strong
    ‘Money For Nothing’ Dire Straits
    ‘Money Changes Everything’ The Smiths
    ‘Money Talks’ AC/DC
    ‘Money’s Too Tight to Mention’ Simply Red
    ‘Did You Steal My Money?’ The Who
    ‘The Money Will Roll Right In’ Nirvana
    ‘Take The Money and Run’ Steve Miller Band
    ‘Things I Do For Money’ Northern Pikes
    ‘The Gambler’ Kenny Rogers
    ‘Simple Kind of Man’ Lynyrd Skynyrd
    ‘Can’t Always Get What You Want’ Rolling Stones
    ‘Opportunities’ Pet Shop Boys**

    “Money, get away
    Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
    Money, it’s a gas
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, four star daydream
    Think I’ll buy me a football team”

    **Eh? Why this song?! Lyrics:
    “I’ve had enough of scheming and messing around with jerks
    My car is parked outside, I’m afraid it doesn’t work
    I’m looking for a partner, someone who gets things fixed
    Ask yourself this question: do you want to be rich?”

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