Debbie Metcalfe 

Debbie MetcalfeProcurement Consultant & Trainer, Achilles Information Limited

Debbie is responsible for delivering EU Procurement training, advice and guidance in both the Public and Utility Sectors, focusing on a delivery programme of both bespoke in-house and open EU training courses.

Debbie has worked in several large NHS Trust in the West Midlands and for two NHS Group Purchasing Organisations at a senior level for over 15 years, having the experience of procuring products and complex multi-million pound services for over 90 NHS Trusts’ in the North West, West Midlands and North Central London. As a senior category manager Debbie has defined and developed EU compliant collaborative Procurement strategies delivering millions of pounds of sustained leveraged benefits for NHS customers.

Debbie is responsible for delivering EU Procurement training, advice and guidance in both the Public and Utility Sectors, focusing on a delivery programme of both in-house and open EU training courses. Debbie is an enthusiastic trainer and actively encourages debate and engagement during training sessions. Debbie has provided consultancy service with many organisations including the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) London and presented at the Palace of Westminster, the Global Revolution at Nottingham University and numerous CIPS branch events and conferences

Debbie has achieved a Master’s Degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (MSc), is MCIPS qualified and has also achieved a Masters of Laws in Public Procurement Law and Policy from the University of Nottingham under the direction of Professor Sue Arrowsmith.

Session Details

Violation of Procurement Principles could cost you millions in damages

This case study is based on a recent landmark case, where a Contracting Authority breached the basic Procurement Principles which underpin the Public-Sector procurement legislation. The presentation will address the requirement for Transparency and Equal Treatment of bidders for government contracts and the consequences if these basic principles are breached.

Benefits of attending this session:

  • Understand the consequences of violating Public Procurement rules
  • Reduce the risk of a legal challenge form bidders
  • Appreciate the impact of remedies available to bidders