Four new appointments have been made to the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) senior management team.
Eoin Lonergan has been appointed as sourcing director and will be responsible for the sourcing and spot buying capabilities of the OGP, covering approximately €4bn per annum. He is joining the OGP from PwC’s procurement consulting practice in the UK. Mr Lonergan will take up his new role in early January.
Vincent Campbell will be responsible for public procurement policy. He joins from the National Procurement Service (NPS) where he was made a director in April 2009. Mr Campbell will take up his role with immediate effect.
Kathryn Smith has been appointed head of operations and will be responsible for providing operational support for the office, including business and market intelligence, procurement systems and tender support. Ms Smith has over 20 years’ professional experience in the financial, telecoms and enterprise software sectors. Ms Smith will take up her role this month.
Finally, Brian Brogan will be responsible for the corporate affairs of the OGP, including governance, financial, facilities support, and its input to Department of Public Expenditure and Reform corporate requirements. Mr Brogan joined the Civil Service in 1995 and is currently deputy director of the NPS. Mr Brogan is taking up his brief with immediate effect.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin stated that he welcomed the senior management positions as these “signal another step forward in the establishment of the new arrangements of the Office of Government Procurement and procurement reform generally”. The State spends around €9bn on goods and services each year and it is therefore essential that the public service achieves maximum value for money and operational efficiency in its approach to procurement.