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UK – Government chief procurement officer resigns to join Alexander Mann

06 July 2012

The Government's chief procurement officer, John Collington, has left his post to take up a new job at recruitment process outsourcing specialist Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) as Chief Operating Officer and member of the company’s Executive Board, in a move to increase the firm’s growth targets.

Mr Collington will join the staffing firm in August and will be responsible for the development of the company’s infrastructure and operations. Alexander Mann said that this will enable the firm to expand its services in the US and Asia “at a pace that complements high customer demand.”

Mr Collington has been Director General and Chief Procurement Officer for Government, based within the Cabinet Office since 2010. He was responsible for developing and implementing the reform on the Government’s multi-billion pound procurement spend. He worked closely with a number of senior civil service members in various ministerial departments, overseeing the reduction of the Government’s procurement spend, as well as increasing its expenditure with small and medium-sized businesses around the UK.

“There are few professionals operating in UK business today with as expert an understanding of procurement and operational management as John. I am confident that the skills he brings will be instrumental to enabling us to achieve the ambitious international growth targets we pursue relentlessly,” said Rosaleen Blair, founder and chief executive of the firm.

Leaving his public sector life behind to start his new post, Mr Collington said he was “looking forward to sharing the lessons I have learnt both in the private sector and at the heart of Government operations to AMS at an important time in the company’s corporate development.”

From 2006-2010, Mr Collington was Group Commercial Director at the Home Office but before joining the senior civil service, he spent 25 years in the private sector, working as senior executive at Accenture, having also worked for companies such as American Express, Thomas Cook and the Thomson Travel Group.

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