This focus area aims to move from one of distributed leadership and siloed working; to strong central leadership and oversight of the system and a view that government is one customer.
A key initiative is to create leadership within the procurement system at sector level, including direct lines of accountability to the centre. This is likely to involve appointing high-calibre ‘sector leads’ in different areas, eg construction; ICT; social services; and corporate services. Sector leads will have deep insights into their sectors and can guide the behaviours and practices of agencies and suppliers towards improving delivery, adopting more innovative and flexible practices, and co-ordinating activities where it makes sense.
A small working group of policy experts and procurement specialists from both public and private sectors is currently designing options for a sector-based leadership model. This co-design approach will ensure that the adopted model works effectively for all parties.