Nichola Cooke is Assistant Director for STAR Procurement, responsible for the development arm of the organisation. STAR Procurement is an award winning shared services operating across Greater Manchester. With over fifteen years’ experience in local government and procurement, Nichola is passionate about procurement and the real difference it make. She believes that procurement is so much more than buying, and instead should be viewed as an important catalyst for collaborative transformation and innovation.
12:50 pm - 1:30 pm
Understanding how to create and drive a successful collaborative procurement partnership
Theatre: Commissioning & Procurement
- Working with other purchasing authorities to deliver greater efficiencies through collaborative procurement
- Reducing the number of tendering exercises to lower administrative costs, and allow public sector organisations to spend more time on specialised purchases
- Sourcing suppliers locally and ethically to generate local growth and wider social value
- Placing proper emphasis on pre-market engagement with suppliers