The Procurement Best Practice Academy at the University of South Wales has celebrated a successful first year with a special event held this week (Monday, 12 January).
The Academy was launched in November 2013 as a dedicated centre for working in partnership with procurement professionals and the academic community. Together they aim to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in all aspects of procurement and supply chain management within all sectors of our economy.
To celebrate the year’s achievements, the Academy’s Director Dr Kath Ringwald gave a presentation to esteemed guests, including Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt AM, and His Excellency Mr Mal Berisha, Albanian Ambassador to the UK, who has been actively involved in partnership work between the University and Albania.
Guests were welcomed by Huw Williams, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategic Resources, who said: “As Chief Operating Officer of this University I have a particular interest in how we drive better value from smarter procurement. As Wales’ largest university we want to be an intellectual crucible in which we bring together business leaders, elected representatives, think tanks and public servants in whose hands of reform and improvement sit.”
“In initiatives such as the Procurement Best Practice Academy we are drawing together the academic expertise of a diverse professional university into a single place where experts on regeneration, business, and public services can work together to address the great issues of our day. It is led by our academics, and it’s something that we support wholeheartedly as the University’s leadership.”
The keynote speaker for the evening was Peter Johnson, BBC Radio Wales journalist, who presents the Good Evening Wales radio programme and reports on the current affairs TV show Week In Week Out on BBC Wales.
He said: “We have to become a wealthier nation in order to get places. We need boldness and imagination in Wales.
“We will shortly have a Treasury in Wales – let us not fall in the trap of replicating what goes on in Whitehall. Politicians like to talk about a world class Wales, so let’s achieve that.”
Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business, said: “It is a privilege to be asked back to mark the first anniversary of the Procurement Best Practice Academy, which has already made an impact in improving procurement skills and knowledge.
“The University of South Wales is well connected, nationally and internationally, to help drive the objectives of the academy forward, and continue to build on its already strong links in academia and industry.”
The event concluded with the presentation of this year’s Fellowship Awards to the Procurement Best Practice Academy. The latest Fellows to join the Academy are: