Background to the Procurement Board
The Executive has established a Procurement Board, chaired by the Minister of Finance, to develop, disseminate and co-ordinate public procurement policy that will apply to Departments and their Arms Length Bodies (ALBs).
The Procurement Board is responsible for developing policy initiatives, practices and advice, for approval by the Executive.
Mission Statement of the Procurement Board:
‘To ensure procurement improves the lives of citizens in line with the Executive’s environmental, social, and economic objectives.’
Membership of the Procurement Board
The Board is chaired by the Finance Minister and membership comprises of expert advisors from the public sector and industry/voluntary sectors, a representative from the Strategic Investment Board and the Chief Executive of Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD).
- Peter Wilson - Interim Director of Operations, Business Services Organisation
- John Irvine - Director of Major Projects and Procurement within DfI
- Sharon Smyth - Department of Finance Commercial Director
- Frances Meehan - Assistant Director Pupil Services & Procurement, Education Authority
- Brett Hannam – Strategic Investment Board
- Others as Required
- Colin Jess - Director of Social Enterprise NI
- Mark Spence - Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation
- Denise McMahon - Chair of the NI Construction Group
- Mary Meehan - Deputy Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI
- Ian McClelland - Procurement Board Forum for small businesses
- Owen Reidy - Assistant General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Roles and Responsibilities of the Procurement Board
- develop public procurement policy across the public sector for the approval of the Executive taking account of local and international best practice;
- ensure procurement policy is consistent with the Executive’s wider policy commitments, including social value, economic development, equality, sustainable development, and the environment;
- ensure procurement policy and practice contributes to the outcomes contained in the Executive’s Programme for Government;
- develop policy across the whole procurement life cycle from commissioning through to the end of the useful life of an asset or the end of a contract;
- consult with Departments and the Procurement Practitioners Group on policy development and implementation;
- ensure stakeholders are appropriately consulted on procurement policy;
- ensure procurement policy is disseminated among public bodies and available to the general public;
- develop targets for procurement, and monitor performance against those targets;
- ensure procurement officials are provided with appropriate guidance and training; and
- monitor the implementation of procurement policy within Northern Ireland public bodies.
The Procurement Board Meetings