Ex-Balfour Beatty chief to oversee G4S

The former chief executive of construction giant Balfour Beatty, Ian Tyler, has been made the crown representative responsible for managing relations between Whitehall and outsourcing giant G4S.

By Winnie.Agbonlahor

04 Mar 2014

Tyler, a member of the government’s team of 'crown representatives' - appointed to ringmaster departments' relationships with key suppliers - is a chartered accountant and spent 16 years at Balfour Beatty, the last eight of them as chief executive.

Most crown reps look after a number of big suppliers, but Tyler will look after just G4S: the business's reputation has been severely damaged by failures in its management of Olympics security and offender tagging contracts, and the Financial Times reports today that it has yet to convince ministers that it has undertaken the "corporate renewal" necessary to restore its reputation within Whitehall.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told CSW that there is no time scale attached to this process. G4S declined to comment.

Tyler was among recruits from the private sector announced by government in May 2013. Speaking to CSW back then, chief procurement officer Bill Crothers said they would "supplement the existing capability" and "bring in some private sector expertise".

The team of crown representatives, who work on a part-time basis at a rate of £500 a day, is today boosted by another six from the private sector, the Cabinet Office has announced. This brings the number of crown representatives - civil servants and private sector business people combined - to 21.

Crothers said: “Our crown representatives are bringing in top business acumen into Whitehall - our procurement reforms saved £3.8 billion last year and we want to go even further.”

The new recruits are:

Nick Griffin, who has spent most of his career working for major consultancy firms. Most recently he has held the position of managing partner of consulting at Deloitte and also works as adviser to London mayor Boris Johnson.

Lex Greensill, chief executive of Greensill Capital and a trustee of the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra. He previously worked as managing director of Citibank and head of their Europe, Middle East and Africa supply chain finance business.

Julie Scattergood, who has spent the majority of her career with Rolls Royce plc, where she has held roles including supply chain director and UK purchasing director roles as well as director of supply chain restructuring and, most recently, operations director in the defence sector.

Meryl Bushell, who left British Telecom after 34 years in the company. There she worked as the chief procurement officer, bearing responsibility for all commercial arrangements with third party suppliers, with an annual spend of around £7bn. Since leaving BT, she has taken up a number of non-executive director roles.

Keith Burgess, a former global managing partner of Andersen Consulting with more than 40 years’ experience in professional services

Alan Coppin, who has held the position of CEO and a senior executive in several organisations including the Compass Group and Wembley PLC as well as the not-for-profit sector. He has served as chair or non-executive director for a number of PLCs, charities and organisations including Carillion, Berkeley Group Holdings and the Royal Air Force Board.

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