Secretary (and Director)

Nicol Thornton - London Fire Brigade

Nicol has more than 30 years procurement experience in both the public and private sectors including senior roles within the Department of Social Security, NHS Supplies, Texas Utilities and the Fire and Rescue Service.

He joined the London Fire Brigade as Head of Procurement in October 2007 following a period with the East of England Regional Centre of Excellence on a secondment from Suffolk County Council, where he had already managed through a radical change in the council's approach to procurement. In June 2006 he joined the Regional Centres of Excellence National Procurement Programme; a project to enable all nine Regional Centres of Excellence accelerate the help they could provide to local authorities in order that they may deliver significant cash savings. He worked closely with local authority procurement professionals in all nine regions of England and also DCLG, OGC and many other partner organisations.

Nicol is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has been the local government representative on CIPS council. In 2010 he was elected to the role of Secretary of SOPO (The Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government) having served on the National Executive Committee since 2001. Until recently Nicol was also Chair of the Association of Procurement Professionals in the Fire Service.