Government procurement chief resigns after saving billions

His departure comes weeks after Ian Watmore, his former boss, stood down as Cabinet Office permanent secretary in mid May.

In his final government role he drove forward procurement reforms instigated by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and developed a shared services strategy, work which the Cabinet Office said had delivered substantial results for the taxpayer.

Overall government spending on goods and services was said to have fallen from £51bn to £45bn during Collington's time at the helm of government procurement, a time which the government also claimed saw Whitehall spending with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) double.

Collington is now to take on the role of chief operating officer for Alexander Mann Solutions, a UK based global recruitment process outsourcing company.

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