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Speaker Biography

Peter Howarth

Peter has a long career record in procurement and local government. In October 2003 he started his own consultancy and training company (SBV Ltd) specialising in procurement and contracting matters primarily in the public sector. He is also the CEO of the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO). Prior to that he had spent 3 years with the Improvement and Development Agency.

His previous posts include Director of Strategic Management, Associate Director of Resources and County Purchasing Officer for Suffolk County Council and Deputy County Supplies Officer with Shropshire CC.
He spent 15 years in engineering procurement with British Leyland in the Automotive division working on development projects for sports cars such as the TR7 and then for the Special Projects division.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply a founding member of the Society of Purchasing Officers and the Central Buying Consortium (CBC). He is also a member of IPSERA, the IOD and the FSB.
He was one of the first graduates from the Birmingham University MBA in Strategic Procurement programme and also has a degree in Applied Economics.