Summer reception talks of procurement

ACE summer reception

On a warm and sunny evening hot on the tails of the launch of the latest research report ‘Procurement landscape – wider, challenging and in need of reform, ACE’s chair John Turzynski and CEO Nelson Ogunshakin welcomed guests to another enjoyable Summer Reception.

Bringing a wise perspective to the proceedings was Sir John Armitt who was able to share his considerable experience as Olympic Delivery Authority chairman on delivering a best practice model and fresh approach to procuring large projects. His recommendations have included suggested criteria such as sustainability, health and safety be included in the procurement process alongside time and cost, and he was heartened to note that the report had moved the debate to include understanding the client skills gap.

Ogunsakin also took the opportunity to present Keith Howells, chair of Mott MacDonald Group, with ACE’s Engineering Excellence Ambassador of the Year Award recognising his outstanding contribution to the industry and his leadership in the fields of apprenticeship development and the progression of the diversity & inclusion agenda. Nelson particularly highlighted his support and commitment to ACE during its centenary year.

The Summer Reception is integral to the activities of ACE’s providing an opportunity for member firms to meet and mingle in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Networking is a key benefit of ACE membership and regular events are organised nationwide by offices in the devolved nations and regions. All events are posted on the website 

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