She is Catherine Hastings who is currently responsible for stakeholder management for the Department for Constitutional Affairs' DISC programme, a major procurement of new IT contracts to serve the courts, magistrates' courts and tribunals services.
'This is a really exciting time to be joining the Office of Government Commerce. The OGC plays a crucial role in helping to make government as efficient as possible, so that resources go to the front line where they are needed - in schools and hospitals and other public services. And that, in turn, requires good communications, to make sure that purpose is understood and the efficiencies are delivered.'
1. Catherine Hastings' career includes serving as head of corporate communications strategy for the BBC, and as director of communications for London Business School and the NHS University.
2. The OGC works with public sector organisations to help them improve their efficiency, gain better value for money from their commercial activities and deliver improved success from programmes and projects.
OGC is an office of HM Treasury, with its own chief executive, John Oughton.
OGC works as a catalyst across central and local government to achieve best value for money in commercial activities and support government departments in successfully delivering major acquisition programmes and projects. Its remit encompasses support for the implementation of the Lyons Review on relocation. As announced by the chancellor in the 2004 Budget, OGC's chief executive is also responsible for implementing the government's public sector Efficiency Programme to deliver£21.5bn of savings by 2007 -£8.7bn of that figure will come from better procurement practices.
In addition, OGC has a PSA target to secure£3bn of value for money gains in central civil government by 2006 and achieved£4.3bn by the second year of the spending review period 2002 (03/06).