Scottish Procurement Alliance announces new interim director

Lesley Anderson. Image credit: Simon Lees

SCOTTISH public sector framework provider Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) has appointed procurement specialist Lesley Anderson as its new interim director.

Current director Clive Feeney steps in as interim group director for LHC – the central purchasing body which operates public sector construction frameworks in Scotland through SPA.

The changes have been described as forming part of a governance review to support the organisation’s future growth.

Lesley Anderson, who is former head of procurement at SPA and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (FCIPS), has more than 27 years’ experience working in procurement for private and public sector organisations. She will become interim director from July 18 for up to a year, working to deliver the business plan while managing a turnover of over £250 million and working with a portfolio of more than 100 contracting authorities.

She said, “In the five years I’ve led procurement for SPA I’ve seen the organisation go from strength-to-strength and become the leading not-for-profit construction framework provider for public sector organisations in Scotland. In this time, we’ve increased engagement with our supply chain, collaborated with more local and regional SMEs and have increased the delivery of social value through our frameworks – and I look forward to continuing this.

“It’s essential that we also continue the work SPA is currently doing to support our partners through our ‘added value services’ and the local communities across the country, both through rebates and grants via our community benefit fund – and I’ll be growing and continuing our work with partners in this area.”

Clive Feeney’s appointment as LHC interim group director follows Elaine Elkington’s decision to step down as interim MD. In post for up to a year, he will steer the organisation through its next governance implementation phase.

After joining LHC in 2010 with a remit to raise its profile in the north of England, Clive went on to launch its first regional hub, Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) – now the group’s largest business unit. He also led acquisition of LHC’s charity organisation, Lintel Trust and has ‘pioneered’ the use of the LHC community benefit fund, which has distributed more than £1 million back to Scottish communities.

He said, “In the 12 years I have worked with LHC it’s been a pleasure to both watch and be part of its growth, so it feels fitting now to be leading the organisation with the board as we start a new chapter. LHC has performed very well this year, despite the adversity created by Covid-19 and other political issues in the UK and worldwide.

“We are growing, we have strong support from the board, and now is the right time to set out what kind of organisation we want to be going forward. LHC is entering a pivotal new phase in its long history and it’s a very positive step.”

Elaine Elkington, current LHC interim MD, added, “It’s been a pleasure to lead LHC, first through the joint committee structure and then setting up the new board in conjunction with chair Cllr John Bevan. The new board is skilled to lead LHC into a thriving future through the next stage of its implementation plan and will benefit from Clive’s experience of driving business development in the regions.

“Our current governance arrangements have been in place for more than 50 years and while they have served LHC well in the past, the experience and sector knowledge of the new non-executives will enhance our offer to the market and provide a strong client interface with our customers.”