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Getting the right skills to manage public service markets

Monday 25 January 2016, 12:30

This event focused on the skills and capabilities that government departments, agencies and devolved areas need in order to be able to effectively manage public sector markets in this Parliament.

As the Prime Minister set out in his smarter state speech in September 2015, over the next five years there will be increased outsourcing of public services, ‘bringing in new providers or allowing new ways of doing things’ and ‘opening up contracts to small businesses’ to drive innovation. This event discussed how to ensure the right skills are in place to design, manage and steward public service markets, and what changes commercial professionals, Civil Service leaders and policymakers will need to make to the way they operate, as well as the skills and capacity local areas will need?

This was the third event in a series sponsored by the Business Services Association (BSA) on Where next for public service markets? which explores how the Government can develop the right mechanisms and skills to best manage public service markets. The event was chaired by Suzanne Baxter, Group Finance Director, Mitie Group and 2016 BSA Chairman.


Adrian Kamellard - Director, Commercial Profession, Cabinet Office
Ian Porée, Director - Rehabilitation Services, National Offender Management Service
Dr Jo Casebourne - Programme Director, Institute for Government

The Institute for Government would like to thank the BSA for supporting this event.

Read our analysis of this event Managing markets: getting the skills in the right place