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Bill Crothers to be named new chief procurement officer

Bill Crothers, executive director for commercial relationships at the Cabinet Office, is set to be named as the new chief procurement officer next week.

Construction News understands Mr Crothers will be named early next week as the replacement for outgoing chief procurement officer John Collington who announced he was leaving the post earlier this week.

Mr Collington is leaving the Cabinet Office, which has not confirmed the appointment of Mr Crothers, to join recruitment firm Alexander Mann and was the second senior official to quit the Cabinet Office in matter of weeks after permanent secretary Ian Watmore left in May.

Mr Crothers has dealt with IBM, Logica, Fujitsu, Capgemini and Airwave in his role as a crown representative to deal with specific preferred suppliers and has previously worked on finding cost savings of tens of millions on contracts with preferred suppliers including Microsoft.

He was named as executive director for commercial relationships at the Cabinet Office this year after previously holding the role of Home Office commercial director, a role previously held by Mr Collington.

His appointment will have an impact on construction procurement policy as a well as major contractors working as government’s preferred suppliers, including Interserve, Balfour Beatty and Mitie.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “Cabinet Office will make an announcement on John’s replacement shortly.”

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