Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer, UK Ministry of Defence

Andrew has worked in the commercial, procurement and supply chain profession for the whole of his career, working across sectors in health, international aid, infrastructure, construction, local government and the Civil Service before joining the MOD in 2017. During this time he has led, closed and managed a number of significant commercial deals, across property and infrastructure and a range of national outsourcing programmes in health, education and government.

He has also led some of the largest commercial teams in private healthcare, the NHS, and local government where he established one of the largest procurement shared services and in the Civil Service including the DWP, where he was the commercial director. During his time at DWP he was responsible for over 400 staff and led a major transformation programme which saw them implement a new operating model and turnaround significant programmes across their IT and Estates spend. Andrew has also been a Crown Representative responsible for HM Government relationships with suppliers in the IT and Property sectors.

Andrew is currently the chief commercial officer at the UK Ministry of Defence. This role covers the overall functional leadership of over 2,000 procurement and commercial professionals. The commercial function covers an annual spend in excess of £20bn across a diverse and complex set of programmes and categories covering major platform acquisition, infrastructure, estates and FM and IT & digital.

In addition, Andrew is one of the senior leaders of the Government Commercial Organisation and has been instrumental in helping to set the overall strategy and direction across the Civil Service. Andrew has led and championed a number of the people and capability initiatives across this new organisation to ensure they are fit for purpose and embedded effectively across government.

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