Andrew Forzani

Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry of Defence
Andrew has worked in the commercial, procurement and supply chain profession for the whole of his career, working in health, infrastructure, international aid, construction and local government before joining the Civil Service. During this time he managed a number of complex commercial deals, in property, infrastructure and IT categories and in a range of national outsourcing service programmes in health, education and government.

He has also led transformation and improvement programmes across commercial functions including in local government where he established one of the largest procurement shared services in the UK and at the DWP. Andrew has also been a Crown Representative responsible for HM Government relationships with suppliers in the IT and Property sectors.

Andrew is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at the UK Ministry of Defence and is the senior responsible advisor across Defence for commercial and industry issues. This role also covers the overall functional leadership of over 2,000 procurement and commercial professionals in Defence. The commercial function covers an annual spend in excess of £20bn across a diverse and complex set of programmes and categories covering major platform acquisition, infrastructure, estates and FM and IT & digital.

In addition, Andrew is one of the senior leaders of the Government Commercial Organisation and has been instrumental in helping to set the overall strategy and direction across the Civil Service. Andrew has led and championed a number of people and capability initiatives across this new organisation to ensure they are fit for purpose and embedded effectively across government.

Andrew has been recognised for the second consecutive year running on the CIPS Procurement Power List.