Peter Akid, Director of Procurement at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), retires today (Thursday 29 March).
Having started his career as a quantity surveyor, Peter swiftly moved into procurement in various utilities companies, before beginning his NHS career in 2005 as Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester procurement hub.
Expanding its service offering and its geographical coverage, the organisation became known as the North-West Collaborative Commercial Agency and, in December 2010, merged with NHS SBS.
Peter’s warm and down-to-earth Mancunian manner and his devotion to Manchester City football club have made him a well-known figure in NHS procurement. He is now looking forward to spending more time travelling with his wife Sian and watching this year’s World Cup competition.
David Morris, Managing Director of NHS SBS, said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to give my wholehearted thanks to Peter for making our procurement business line such a success. At a time when healthcare procurement has risen in profile and experienced increasing scrutiny, Peter’s knowledge and passion for ensuring the NHS gets best value for money has been invaluable. He has helped build and manage an expert team that provide great value to NHS organisations across the country. He deserves a superb retirement but will be very much missed by NHS SBS and the whole NHS procurement sector.”
Following Peter’s retirement, Phil Davies, Head of Integrated Procurement Partnering, will become acting Director of Procurement at NHS SBS pending a permanent appointment.