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Peter Smith FCIPS

Author and MD - Procurement Excellence Ltd.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Peter started his procurement career at Mars Confectionery, then was Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security, and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a Senior Adviser to the UK National Audit Office and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organisations and a growing private firm. He founded his consulting firm, Procurement Excellence Ltd. in 2004 and from 2010-18 he was Managing Editor of the Spend Matters Europe website, read by thousands of procurement professionals every day. His first co-authored book, (with Fiona Czerniawska), “Buying Professional Services” was published by The Economist Books in 2010. A second book, “A Procurement Compendium” was published in 2019, and Penguin Business published his latest book in October 2020. “Bad Buying – How Organisations Waste Billions Through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups” lifts the lid on some amazing global stories of disaster in the business (and public sector) world!