“Over the next two years, housing associations, councils and co-operatives in Scotland will have to comply with a whole host of new public procurement regulations…”
Procurement for Housing (PfH) Scotland, a national procurement service for social landlords, has appointed Stephen Herriot as its new head of operations.
In his new role, Herriot will provide procurement and consultancy services to Scotland’s 187 housing associations, co-operatives and council landlords from PfH’s Edinburgh headquarters.
This will include tender support, spend analysis and advice to support social landlords’ compliance with new public procurement regulations.
Herriot has more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain management in the public and private sectors.
He has joined from Babcock International Group, a FTSE100 multi-national engineering services company that specialises in the defence, oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.
Before that, Herriot worked in commercial and procurement positions at Scottish Water and engineering and waste company Lanes Group.
PfH Scotland was set up to help Scottish social landlords get better value for money from the estimated £900m they spend on goods and services every year.
Last year 36 housing associations and councils purchased supplies and services through PfH Scotland frameworks.
PfH Scotland’s members collectively manage more than 55% of the social housing stock in Scotland.
Herriot said: “Over the next two years, housing associations, councils and co-operatives in Scotland will have to comply with a whole host of new public procurement regulations. The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act came into effect in April 2016 and housing providers have just two years to adhere to the new regulatory landscape which also includes three new EU procurement directives.”
“On top of this, the Scottish Housing Regulator is focussing increasingly on the value for money being delivered by the sector. PfH Scotland is already assisting many Scottish housing associations to adjust to this new operating environment and we’re looking forward to extending this support across the sector over the coming years.
“PfH Scotland will be developing a series of new procurement frameworks specifically for Scottish social landlords.”