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Ian Tyler appointed as Crown Representative

Former Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler has been appointed by the Cabinet Office as a ‘Crown Representative’ to help make government savings and improve supplier relations.

Mr Tyler is one of six business leaders appointed to ensure government gets best value from contracts, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced today.

He stepped down as chief executive of the construction and infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty this month.

The representatives will work with departments to engage early with suppliers, improve relationships and negotiate the best possible contracts.

The other appointees include senior figures the telecoms industry, IT and insurance, as well as Accenture and Freeserve.

Mr Maude said: “We’re serious about equipping the Civil Service with the right skills to help the UK compete in the global race.

“That’s why we’ve recruited experts from the business world, using their commercial insight to work alongside departments to get the most from relationships with our largest suppliers.

“We are spending less overall, but spending taxpayers’ money better.

“Our six new recruits have a big job ahead of them to build on the £800 million saved by renegotiating expensive contracts in the first 10 months of this government – I’m confident they will put the full weight of their expertise behind the challenge.”

Chief procurement officer and commercial director-general Bill Crothers: “We know we can only drive efficiencies if we act as a single customer to maximise our buying power and be a better client.

“Our new Crown Representative appointments will bolster the impact of work departments are doing to identify savings and demonstrate a commitment to improving supplier relationships and performance – an objective that has already made an immediate difference to how government does business.”

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