Connected Procurement and Commissioning


Welcome to iNetwork’s Connected Procurement & Commissioning programme. In the context of the continuing financial burden on local public services, alongside growing pressure to deliver ever more compliance, transparency, and positive social outcomes, it is critically important that public sector procurement practitioners, commissioners, and contract managers are supported to hold constructive conversations and share best practice.

Priorities and Objectives for 2020-21

Effective Co-Commissioning and Procurement Innovation

Support procurement and commissioning leads to jointly commission more effectively to deliver savings and efficiencies, particularly within the context of the wider devolution and public sector reform agenda.

Tackling Policy Outcomes Important to the Public Sector

Support, and respond to, the evolving strategic policy objectives of the public sector through improved procurement and commissioning practices. These include, embedding social value to support inclusive growth of local economies and communities, addressing poverty, inequality, modern slavery, and environmental sustainability.



“The forum provided an ideal environment to expand upon existing knowledge and to develop new knowledge regarding initiatives that are ongoing in other sectors”

Cheshire East Council

Lindsey MacAulay

The CPC Network Leadership Group

Each iNetwork programme has a Network Leadership Group (NLG) which consists of iNetwork members who are leading practitioners in their field. The NLGs serve as both a programme board and a leadership forum for collaboration across the local public sector. The network leaders for the Connected Procurement & Commissioning Programme are:

CPC Network Leadership Group Members

Agnieszka Gajli, YPO

Amy Emmerson, Salford Royal NHS FT

Christine Atherton, AGMA

Conway Stewart, Cumbria County Council

Duncan Spokes, YPO

Gemma Isles, Transport for Greater Manchester

Helen McMahon, Lancaster City Council

Hywyn Pritchard, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Keith Patterson, Wirral Council

Liam Reynolds, Wigan Council

Lianne Halliday, Cheshire East Council

Neil Hind, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Nichola Cooke, STAR Procurement (Deputy Chair)

Paul Maynard, AGMA

Peter Schofield, Manchester City Council (Chair)

Rob Banks, St Helens Borough Council

Sarah Janusz, Bury Council

Peter Schofield

CPC Chair, Manchester City Council

Nichola Cooke

CPC Deputy Chair, STAR Procurement


Programme Co-ordinator 

Louis Stockwell

CPC Programme Co-ordinator

For advice, guidance and support in this area, please contact Louis Stockwell, Connected Procurement & Commissioning Programme Lead.