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The Local Government Taskforce has announced significant resource investment into a network of regional champions, ...
The Local Government Taskforce has announced significant resource investment into a network of regional champions, tasked with supporting local authorities that are in the process of changing the way that they procure.

Regional champions will act as representatives and spokespeople in eight strategic locations aligned to regional development agencies and designed to cover England and Wales.

The LGTF already showcases innovation in procurement through more than 200 'demonstration' projects around the UK, and this will be reinforced with a growing focus on the regions.

LGTF's programme director, Peter Bishop, believes that the appointments will help to further remove barriers to change: 'Local authorities shoulder the burden of responsibility that comes with guarding the public purse.

'Many authorities creating a step change in procurement under these circumstances need guidance and support in the early days and beyond.

'Channelling our resources into the regions really does take LGTF's message to the local authorities that are struggling, and provides them with a valuable pool of information, contacts and knowledge.'

Alongside their support role, regional champions will additionally spread the LGTF message through a programme of speaking engagements, setting up networks and promoting demonstration projects.

This is in support of the umbrella programme of information dissemination and development of best practice policy handled centrally by LGTF.

Regional champions are:

East Anglia

Mike Britch

East Midlands

Roger Latham

Great Western and Wales

David Jenkins


Graham Farrant

North East (Northumberland / Durham / Tyne & Wear)

Chris Tunstall

North East (Yorkshire / Humberside)

Keith Hilton

North West

Mike Foy

Southern Home Counties and South

Dr Alastair Jefford

West Midlands

Barry Plant


Rethinking construction is the bann er under which the construction industry, its clients and the government are working together to improve UK construction performance.

Rethinking construction partners aim to showcase innovations in both products and performance through Demonstration Projects and highlight best practice available within the industry.

They also seek to encourage the industry and its clients to adopt the principles of rethinking construction to their mutual benefit.

Local Government Task Force was established in March 2000 to encourage and assist local authorities to adopt the principles of rethinking construction.

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