Feeds

OGC appoints new chief executive

Transforming the transformation agenda

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has appointed a new chief executive to lead its transformation agenda.

It announced that Nigel Smith, president of Invensys Rail Systems, will take on the role.

Smith replaces John Oughton, who stepped down at the end of March to allow his successor a full term in office to implement the Transforming Government Procurement report.

Peter Fanning, former deputy chief executive of the OGC, has been acting chief executive in the interim.

John Healey, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: "Nigel has a wealth of commercial and procurement experience and a proven track record leading successful national and global businesses. He will play an essential role driving up standards in government procurement."

As head of the OGC, Smith's priorities will be to:

  • Set out a clear procurement framework for all government departments, and carry out capability reviews to monitor performance against that framework
  • Lead the relationship with key suppliers, to ensure consistent management of them across a range of projects and sectors
  • Raise the skills and status of the Government Procurement Service
  • Work with the Treasury in scrutinising and supporting the government's largest and most complex procurement projects
  • Drive through more government-wide procurement deals through a rigorous strategy of single sourcing
  • Develop and lead a strategy to maximise the effective use of the government's property estate

As president of Invensys Rail Systems, Smith managed the strategic direction and business performance of its global rail industry activities. He was previously chief executive of holding company Charter and has also worked in senior management in GEC-Marconi and Dowty Aerospace.

He will join the OGC as a civil servant on 3 September 2007, on a three-year contract, at permanent secretary level.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links
Not even Google can withstand the power of Auntie
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.