NAG/SOPO newsletter

Welcome to May’s NAG/SOPO newsletter

News and updates

The LGA CIPS Corporate Award has been running for 18 months now and I thought it was time to provide you with an update. We have started five cohorts of the Practitioner programme, involving 76 people, three cohorts have completed with six passes, 33 merits and three distinctions!

The Advanced Practitioner programme currently has three cohorts, the first cohort have completed their assignments and have just handed in their written projects and are preparing their oral panel presentations. Good luck!

If you want to know more about the CIPS Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner programmes, leading to full membership of CIPS contact

And talking of CIPS - did you know members can take the Ethical Procurement and Supply e-learning module for free until end of October 2017. The module covers unethical business practices including bribery, fraud, corruption and human rights abuses, such as modern slavery and child labour.

I spoke to Victoria Richards from Duff and Phelps at Procurex South recently on the subject of procurement fraud. It has reminded me to resend out the link to the guide which is a couple of years old now but the recommendations in it still stand. Victoria had a look at the guide and suggested that councils could in addition:

  • consider fraud risks at the contract drafting stage, particularly around KPI’s and incentive payments and
  • have regular inter-department fraud strategy meetings to ensure the fraud risk remains high on the agenda and to encourage an effective anti-fraud culture.

Managing the risk of procurement fraud

Andy Davies from London Universities Purchasing Consortium kindly allowed us to film an excellent presentation on the role of procurement in avoiding modern slavery.

In addition Andy co-wrote with the University of Greenwich Protecting Human Rights in the Supply Chain.

Do you have a presentation, skill or interest area that you would like to share with your local government colleagues? Please do get in touch with me if so, we want to help councils help each other as much as possible.

A new Local Government Contract Management Community (LGCMC) has been set up on the ‘Knowledge Hub. This community is specifically for those interested in contract management in local government. The community has been set up by Paul Richardson from Kent County Council on behalf of all councils and is for us to share documents, training/development opportunities, good practice, knowledge/guidance and lessons learned. You will need to register to join the Knowledge Hub, but it only takes a couple of minutes and is free to councils.

SOPO Update

The discussion forum on Procurious has questions this month on techniques being used to capture ‘lessons learned’ from procurement exercises and the procurement of on-shore wind turbines. Can you help? Log onto Procurious if so. And don’t forget there’s the facility to advertise your vacant jobs in the discussion forum too!


CCS are holding customer engagement events THIS WEEK for the next version of the Local Authority Software Agreement (LASA). Find out more about the North (Wakefield) and South (London) events.

Tuesday 27 June, 2017
10.20am – 1pm (registration from 9.45am) followed by lunch

BSA and Bevan Brittan are hosting a discussion on an inclusive economy and partnership working, looking at how we can develop economic growth in each area of the country which benefits all sections of society, and what role does partnership working between local government and providers of business services play in this? Delegates include councils and suppliers together and a number of speakers will discuss the role of the commissioning process, how the Social Value Act can be maximised and how suppliers can work with councils to maximise economic growth. Places are free of charge but limited in number. To register, please email

Wednesday 12 July 2017
Launch of the ICT Category Strategy
TechUK, St Bride Street, London

Following the recent consultation on the ICT Category Strategy we are planning a launch in London. If you are interested in attending please contact

Focus on………….

Terry Brewer

Terry is retiring in June and I thought it would be nice to say a few words about him! Terry is currently the Divisional Director Commercial, Contracts and Procurement for the London Boroughs of Harrow and Brent and holds a number of key positions such as:

  • Chair of the London Heads of Procurement Network
  • Member of the London Procurement Strategy Board
  • Deputy Chair of National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement
  • Deputy Chair of the Society Of Procurement Officers (SOPO) in local government
  • LGA National Procurement Category lead for ICT
  • Chair national Social Value Taskforce

He’s held procurement roles at Camden, Firebuy and London Fire Brigade that I know of and has been in local government for many years, as he says "man and boy". On behalf of NAG and SOPO I would like to thank Terry for all he had done and wish him all the very best of luck for a long and happy retirement. It just won’t be the same without your ready wit and humour!

Tina Holland

Programme Manager – Procurement

Local Government Association