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10 out of 10 Visit to Downing Street for our Head of Procurement as PM's new Enterprise Advisor

Simon Walsh

Simon Walsh, Head of Procurement and E-Commerce recently visited Downing Street to meet Lord David Young - former Cabinet Minister and now the Prime Minister's Enterprise Advisor to talk about procurement in the NHS. This is his account:

"I was offered either the back door via Horse Guards or the front door given the Press presence - I opted for the front door! The sheer size of the building beyond the door is the thing that strikes you most.

"I went through airport style security and then it was surreal walking up the street and waiting for the door to be opened! The press were outside covering a ministerial reshuffle so I asked the Policeman outside the door to photograph me - he was reluctant and unenthusiastic so I thought I will try after the meeting instead.

"Inside I waited to be collected and then joined by a Civil Servant we walked up the staircase to Lord Young's office overlooking Downing Street. The staircase has portraits and photographs of all former PMs.

"Lord Younger - the Chief Whip walked past me as did Sir Jeremy Heywood who is the Cabinet Secretary. He was very pleasant and he was keen to support small business. We discussed how NHS procurement works and in particular the challenges all businesses face. He shared a few anecdotes about Margaret Thatcher though I was asked by the Civil Servant not to quote what Lord Young said. I left at 11.40 am as Lord Young had a 12 noon meeting with the PM.

"I left by the front door and walked past the policeman and got a BBC cameraman to take the pic! A very enjoyable and memorable experience."