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Private sector IT experts brought in to improve government procurement value

Public Technology - Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has announced that six new Crown Representatives have been chosen to work with departments to support early supplier engagement in procurement contracts.

The news brings in a significant IT presence to support procurement - IT systems being a huge expense to government which has previously suffered from long term contract lock-in in a fast moving industry.

They will also be working to improve relationships and negotiate the best contracts on behalf of government.

The Representatives include James Hall, who spent 30 years at technology company Accenture, Graham Jackson, who has three decades of experience, including specifically in procurement in the IT and telecoms industries, and David Jephson who has also spend 30 years in IT working for major brands.

Ian Tyler, former director of Balfour Beatty, Michael Wade, who has worked for various companies in the insurance sector, and Rob Wilmot, a founding CTO at Freeserve were also appointed.