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Howard Hughes

Corporate Procurement Manager, Watford Borough Council

Howard is the Corporate Procurement Manager for Watford Borough and Three Rivers District Councils in Hertfordshire. His role is a part of the Governance function of the authority. He provides support, advice, guidance, challenge and influence to service managers across the two councils.

Current projects includes a series of high profile, long term regeneration schemes, construction projects and other works and services across the whole range of procurement activities of a busy council. Outside of work Howard is involved in the community including as a Trustee of an Almshouse Charity which has recently won a Patron’s Award from the Almshouses Association, as a Churchwarden and has been a governor of several schools.

Howard is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers with an honours degree from Southampton University and has worked for seven local authorities, County and District Councils, for over 40 years. He has been involved with preparing and managing contracts throughout that time and has delivered a wide range of projects and services across the local government portfolio. This has included involvement with PFI projects for Cornwall County Council and a School Building programme for Oxfordshire County Council. 

The delivery of best value and social value are key objectives of each and every procurement exercise with which he is involved. He has recently been involved, at the invitation of the Crown Commercial Service, with the evaluation stage of one of their major national framework agreements. He has spoken at procurement events arranged by the LGA and others and regularly presents to local business groups on various related topics including the promotion of social value.