David Smith, Commercial Director for DWP: Conference interview (back to videos)

David Smith, Commercial Director for DWP: Conference interview

David Smith, DWP: £5 billion


David Smith is a highly respected senior civil servant with significant management and board level experience with a strong record for change, delivery and all levels of stakeholder management.


He has also become a leading figure in procurement and commercial management over the last 25 years with a strong national and international profile. He is the current President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has advised and lectured extensively and regularly in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and Australia.


David is currently, the Commercial Director of DWP responsible for all commercial and contract management activity and its procurement spend of some £5 billion pa. He is a member of a number of the Department’s Executive Team Committees (including the Investment Committee, the Change Delivery Committee, the Information Assurance Committee and the Finance and Commercial Executive Team) and leads the Department’s Commercial Function of some 500 people. He is also Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for Government and a Crown representative for 6 of Government’s biggest suppliers and a member of the ERG’s Procurement Executive Board and Strategic Supplier Steering Group and HM Treasury’s Major Projects Review Group (MPRG).


He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 New Year Honours.


Apart from his family, David’s interest revolve and sport and music. He is an FA qualified Football Referee (now regularly officiating for the Surrey FA and in the Surrey Youth League), a season ticket holder at West Ham United and a member of Essex CCC. He is also a keen ‘listener’ and ‘performer’ of popular music.


“Making the public sector easier to do business with and ensuring that more public sector procurement spend is with SMEs is very much part of the Government’s strategy for growth. I remain very keen to play a part in this essential work and the Yorkshire Mafia Conference very much supports this agenda”.
David Smith, Commercial Director, DWP

 
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