IACCM supports commercial leadership in UK government contracting

Published: 31 Mar 2015 Average Rating: 5 / 5 Print
This article appeared in Contracting Excellence magazine on 31 Mar 2015 view edition

Author: IACCM

Tim Cummins, IACCM's CEO, set the tone at the recent UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Contract Management conference in the Central Hall, Westminster, London, providing a key cross-industry perspective.

Supporting IACCM's ongoing commercial leadership training work with the UK government, the conference aimed to give an overview of external best practices and insights into future strategy and challenges for MoJ staff with roles connected to contract management.

Sam Bromiley, Deputy Director, Contract Management Improvement Program, who facilitated the day said: “We are changing our focus from procurement to a more complete commercial lifecycle which is why it's important that some of the people here today, who don't naturally assume themselves to be involved in managing our suppliers, will be able to better understand how they might contribute valuable inputs without realizing.” The audience included staff from Analytical Services, Finance, Internal Audit and other “support” services to MoJ's contract management activities.

Some of the audience who come from MoJ's support services have also now opted to take up IACCM's Contract and Commercial Management certification program.

The conference's free-flowing style provided a forum for cross-functional networking across various programs of work.

Bill Crothers, Cabinet Office, UK Government, provided a Civil Service perspective on core skills required for the emerging public sector contract management profession and this was further emphasized with an outline of the UK's National Audit Office perspectives of cross-government requirements by Joshua Reddaway.

Speakers from both the private and public sector aimed to give new insight into best practices in contract management, with their own personal perspectives on the profession. They included Mike Taylor, Commercial Director, Central Government, BT Global Services, Ericsson and David Camp, HP Enterprise Services UK Legal Director.

Vincent Godfrey, Paul Kempster, Peter Savage and John Sirodcar provided an overview of the MoJ's current contract management model, and actions already underway and planned as part of the department's Improvement Program.

Tim Cummins explained the IACCM Certification curriculum, what it involves and how it can greatly support the Improvement Program. Some of the first MoJ graduates from the department's training program, Mike Pillen and Julie Hartless shared their experiences of IACCM's Contract and Commercial Management on-line training program, with positive messages for the next pool of MoJ trainees - already more than 120.

Ann Beasley, Director-General, MoJ, opened the event by saying, “It's great to see MoJ getting together across departments and having them look at commercial and contracts in a holistic way.”

The conference ended with closing comments by Dame Ursula Brennan, Permanent Secretary to the MoJ, who was encouraged to see the contract management profession developing.

A post-conference survey was undertaken with an overwhelmingly positive response from all attendees.