Sally Collier To Leave CCS for Non-Procurement Top Role in Education

Crown Commercial Service CEO, Sally Collier, is set to leave CCS. She has been named as the  Department for Education's preferred candidate for the vacant post of chief regulator at exams watchdog Ofqual, it was announced yesterday. This is a swing away to a non-procurement role for Ms Collier, who has had the top job in charge of government procurement in the Cabinet Office since 2014, and previously had senior roles with CCS predecessors the Government Procurement Service and the Office of Government Commerce.

Civil Service World said yesterday "Her planned move to Ofqual, the non-ministerial department regulating qualifications and exams in England, was revealed in a letter from education secretary Nicky Morgan to MPs on the education select committee, published on Tuesday."

The education secretary also said: "Sally has significant experience in the complex environment of public procurement and in leading and managing large teams through periods of significant change. She is experienced in building deep and productive relationships in the public and private sectors."

The top job was held for five years by Glenys Stacey, who has now stepped down as of the end of February. There will be a “pre-appointment hearing” of the education select committee with Ms Collier next Wednesday morning, which we will be reporting on very soon after when MPs publish a report on their opinion of her suitability for the role.

Peter Smith will be looking back over Sally's career next week with interest and in detail, but as a recap, Sally has held some impressive government roles including: Managing Director, Government Procurement Service from May 2013 to February 2014; Executive Director, Policy & Capability, Office of Government Commerce, then Cabinet Office,  to Director of Government Markets, Office of Government Commerce,  to Director of Change, Office of Government Commerce,  to 

(Peter says - well done Sally! The procurement world's loss is Ofqual's gain).

Voices (2)

  1. Secret Squirrel:

    That may be an impressive set of roles but as for an impressive set of achievements….Very unconvinced on that point.

  2. Christine Morton:

    Congratulations to Sally!!

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