SBV operates with a range of associates who are all very experienced in procurement and management. The current, four principals have extensive experience at director/chief officer level in major County Councils, Unitary authorities and Health Authorities SBV also has access to a number of individuals with experience in the wider public, utilities and private sector, specialising in legal, financial, project and other management disciplines. Biographies and CVs will be provided on request.
The current principal consultants are:
Peter has a long career record in policy and procurement in both the public and the private sectors. In October 2003 he started his own consultancy and training company (SBV Ltd). He works with the public, private and voluntary sectors over a wide range of policy and procurement issues. He is also the Managing Consultant to the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO).
His previous posts include Director of Strategic Management, Associate Director of Resources and County Purchasing Officer for Suffolk County Council and Deputy County Supplies Officer with Shropshire CC. He was an advisor to the IDeA primarily on e-commerce/procurement. He was also a director of the Ipswich and Sudbury Enterprise Agency for 10 years.
He spent 15 years in engineering procurement with British Leyland in the automotive division working on development projects for sports cars such as the TR7 and then for the Special Projects division, primarily with Coventry Climax as Chief Buyer and Purchasing Manager Sales and Service.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a founding member of the Society of Purchasing Officers and the Central Buying Consortium (CBC). He is also a member of IPSERA.
He was one of the first graduates from the Birmingham University MBA in Strategic Procurement Management programme and has a degree in Applied Economics. He also attended the Henley Management College, post graduate, General Management Programme.
He contributes regularly to magazines and national conferences on procurement and associated topics such as sustainability and equality.
His company SBV has just won the contract to deliver procurement training for the Welsh Government covering the whole of the Welsh public sector In particular he will be working with them to develop their competency framework and community benefits programme.
Gareth has worked in public procurement since 1971 with extensive experience in the NHS, in the Department of Transport, Department of Health and the House of Commons. Since leaving public service Gareth has advised and undertaken procurement work for 14 National Governments in 3 continents, and has worked extensively with local government and with suppliers. A noted expert on EU matters and holds. a Masters degree in Public Procurement adding an academic background to a depth of public procurement knowledge. A trained Mediator, a lay judge for the Freedom of Information Tribunal, a trainer of considerable experience to complement his practical and "hands on" procurement background.
Gareth Lives in Church Village in South Wales, is a noted Rugby fanatic supporting his home club of Pontypridd and his national team, outside of rugby stadia world wide in quieter moments and escaping from work he may be found fishing rod in hand chasing trout and salmon somewhat unsucessfully!
Nick Auer is a highly experienced consultant specialising in learning and development. He has deep expertise in implementing training strategies within central and local government organisations.
Nick specialises in delivering Procurement, Contract Management and Business Case training. He has worked with local authorities, private companies and public / private organisations, as well as UK Trade and Investment to implement effective procurement models, improve tender evaluations and specifications, agree contracts which deliver good Value for Money and write better Business Cases.
Nick has also assisted Clients to implement Cost Management, Corporate Modernisation and Performance Improvement programmes. He has consulted on a variety of capacity building programmes in the areas of Value for Money and Sustainability including for DCSF and Coventry / Solihull Councils.
Nick is a qualified accountant, Prince 2 practitioner and Certified Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
David has held a number of senior procurement positions within various public sector organisations in a career spanning some forty years. Most recently as Assistant Director for Procurement and Special Projects at Oldham Council, and prior to that as Head of Procurement at Sefton Council.
Previous Merseyside Branch Chairman and long standing North West Regional Branch Group Chairman for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, David was given their Outstanding Contribution Award in 2002. Prior to retirement David was the North West Regional Representative for the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), serving on their National Executive Committee, and receiving recognition in 2009 for his contribution to the Society.
David has considerable experience in developing initiatives with the SME market to compete for opportunities in the public sector marketplace. He has previously been a member of the Merseyside Procurement Group, and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Procurement Group, working towards increased collaboration between public sector purchasing bodies.
David is the immediate past External Assessor for all procurement-related modules at Liverpool John Moores University, a position held for a four year term, and has taken an active interest in the development of students who wish to follow procurement as a career path.
Mandy Wright is an independent consultant. She was Associate Director at the Improvement and Development Agency which she joined from the Employers Organisation for local government where she was Director (Workforce and Diversity Issues). She has a long history of work on human relations, equalities and procurement, and has worked on issues such as shared services, workforce matters in procurement, SROI, and commissioning from the Third Sector.
Administration and research is provided by:
Mrs C Howarth Executive Director Administration
Ms K Howarth Ma LLM Company Secretary
Mr D Stacey Course Co-ordinator (Value Wales)
Ms B Howarth BA Hons Research and Project Executive
Mr G Maze BA Hons Online Content Manager
Ms E Howarth BSc Hons Research Executive
Mr I McKecknie Accountant
SBV sometimes enter into partnering arrangements with other consultancy practices to ensure we meet the complete needs of the client.
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