National Advisory Group (NAG) Terms of Reference

NAG will report on a quarterly basis to the Improvement and Innovation Board of the LGA and to our Chief Executive sponsor, Dr Martin Reeves of Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Background and governance

The Local Government Association is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.

Councils have long recognised the importance that strategic procurement (our definition of strategic procurement includes procurement’s role in ‘commissioning’, ‘collaboration with the wider public sector’ and ‘contract management’) can play in delivering efficiencies and procurement contributing to reshaping and transforming service delivery as well as ensuring value for money and the potential impact on local, regional and national businesses and jobs.  Local authorities have been subject to massive reductions in funding and unavoidable growth pressures on the resources it has available to deliver services to our communities.

NAG will report on a quarterly basis to the Improvement and Innovation Board of the LGA and to our Chief Executive sponsor, Dr Martin Reeves of Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Role, remit and membership

LGA convene this group of senior local government procurement professionals, with at least one representative per English region.  We will work with our partners on the SOPO executive committee as one cohesive voice in order to:

  • and share good practice to maximise the benefits of good procurement, as well as communicate and support local government colleagues to adopt any good practice identified;
  • the role of procurement in supporting wider policies, improvements, added social value and efficiency savings for the sector
  • blockers to efficient and collaborative procurement and how these might be resolved;
  • account of procurement’s role in relation to other groups and bodies such as clinical commissioners, and new initiatives such as commercialism, devolution and combined authorities;
  • influence and improve access to procurement related training to local government

NAG will provide leadership on issues relating to local government procurement through the issue, update and refresh of a National Procurement Strategy and providing one cohesive voice in particular on the following workstreams:

Leadership through lobbying on policy, influencing stakeholders and engaging with suppliers and our professional buying organisations.

  • Making Savings, through projects relating to

       Category management
       Contract management
       Strategic supplier management
       Supporting commercial development  and income generation 

  •  Supporting local economies through projects relating to

        Social value

  • Modernising procurement through projects relating to


  • Innovation

Meetings and communications

Face to face meetings will take place quarterly with a teleconference update in between meetings.

Communications from NAG meetings will be available shortly after each meeting.

NAG members will use the Knowledge Hub closed group as a storage for documents and discussions.

NAG member responsibilities

  • To attend (or appoint an appropriate substitute) NAG meetings
  • To contribute to discussions on shaping the national procurement policy agenda
  • To identify and share good practice with other NAG members and wider local government procurement networks
  • To promote the work of NAG to colleagues and networks as appropriate
  • To provide papers for agenda items one week in advance of the meeting
  • To forward communications to their own networks  as soon as they are available

NAG Members for each region are listed below

The contact at the LGA for the National Advisory Group is Tina Holland –

Region Name and organisation
East of England Al Collier, Norfolk County Council
East of England Bev Thomas, Harlow Council
South West Chanelle Busby, Exeter City Council
Yorkshire and Humber Chris Arnold, Barnsley MBC
North West Chris Atherton, AGMA Procurement Hub
North East Darren Knowd,  Durham County Council
East of England Gus de Silva, Cambridgeshire County Council - LGSS
East Midlands Gus de Silva, Northamptonshire County Council - LGSS
West Midlands and SOPO Haydn Brown, Birmingham City Council
North West Helen McMahon, Lancaster City Council
Yorkshire and Humber Jane Lockwood, Kirklees Council
South East Keith Coleman, Surrey County Council
Yorkshire and Humber Kevin Draisey, North Yorkshire County Council
Fire Representative Melanie Walsh (main contact) and Luke Malton, Devon and Somerset FRS
London Mark Pearson, London Borough of Hounslow
East Midlands Neil Bayliss, Leicester City Council
North East Nicola Shelley, North East Procurement Organisation,
North West Paul Maynard, AGMA Procurement Hub
London Rachel Willsher, London Borough of Lambeth
West Midlands and SOPO Sarah Bass, Telford & Wrekin Council
South East Steve Ede,  Essex County Council
North East Steven Sinclair, North East Procurement Organisation
Local Partnerships Teresa Oliviere, Local Partnerships
LGA Tina Holland, LGA