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August 9 2021 – The HCSA is delighted to announce North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative Managing Director Keith Rowley as its new Chief Officer.

While continuing in his NHS role, Keith will take over from Alan Hoskins in one of the most significant professional leadership roles in NHS procurement from October 1st 2021.

He will lead the HCSA National Council, which is now up to full strength, and will support the Trustees and President as well as representing over 2,500 procurement staff across the UK at regional, national and local level.

Keith said: “I am delighted and privileged to be asked to take up the post of Chief Officer and look forward to building on the great work and achievements of my predecessors.  The NHS, and NHS procurement, continues to face many challenges and opportunities, and none more so than the last year and a half.   However, we are fortunate to have incredible talent, skills and expertise across procurement, and our supply chains, throughout the United Kingdom.  We are also privileged to work with amazing suppliers who share our values and help deliver world class healthcare services. I look forward to helping the HCSA play an important role in shaping the next generation of NHS procurement professionals by helping them learn, develop and grow.”

HCSA Chairman Mark Roscrow added: “This is a crucial appointment at a crucial time for the HCSA as we increase investment in learning and development, online resources and communications. In Keith, we believe we have appointed the best person to steer the organisation into a bright future, strengthen links with our corporate sponsors and ensure the voice of members are heard.”

The new Chief Officer takes over at a crucial time for the HCSA and NHS procurement in England in general as it migrates to ICS procurement and builds stronger links with the devolved nations.

Former Chief Officer Alan Hoskins said: “When I stepped down as Chief Officer it was my main wish that the organisation would find the right person to continue the hard work of the last four years of my tenure and add to it as the HCSA grows and develops at a time of change in NHS procurement. In Keith Rowley, there is no question that they have found the right person to do that.”

HCSA President Lord Phillip Hunt added: “I have been very fortunate to work with some fine Chief Officers over the years and I’m delighted that the next custodian of the role is someone with the experience, stature and passion of Keith Rowley. The future of the HCSA is in good hands.”

Helen Lisle, Past Chairman of HCSA and Managing Director of Collaborative Procurement Partnership LLP, also welcomed the appointment.

She said: “I am delighted that HCSA has secured such an experienced, well known and respected commercial lead as its new Chief Officer.  I wish Keith all the best on his journey, I’m sure he will both learn much and give much to the NHS community.  A great appointment.”

Keith will receive the Chain of Office on Monday October 2nd.

Simon Walsh will continue to be Acting Chief Officer until Keith’s formal commencement when he will return to his Deputy Chief Officer role. He will support Keith in the recruitment process for the new Deputy CO.

Simon said: “I am really looking forward to working with and supporting Keith and in due course our new Deputy Chief Officer when appointed. I have known Keith since he joined the NHS and he will be a great Chief Officer who will ensure the values and mission of our Association proudly continue.”

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