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New contracts chief for DIO

3 Jul 13 The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has appointed a new one-star senior civil servant to head up two of its major procurement programmes.

Matt Foley
Matt Foley

Matt Foley will take on responsibility for the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme and Project Hestia from 19 July. He will replace Steve Rice, who is due to retire from the civil service.

NGEC is aimed at developing and procuring the most cost-effective suite of future commercial arrangements for management, maintenance and development of the UK Defence estate, while Project HESTIA aims to co-ordinate soft facilities management.

Mr Foley’s responsibilities include managing the final stages of procurement and subsequent implementation of the seven NGEC prime contracts, in addition to awarding contracts for the seven capital works frameworks for construction. He will also have overall responsibility for the procurement of nine regional multi-activity contracts for soft facilities management under Project Hestia.

“NGEC and Hestia are key elements of the DIO transformation journey, and will be of growing significance for DIO and estate-users over the next few years,” he said. “The programme team has developed a reputation for openness and transparency, and an ability to work through challenging and ever-changing circumstances, so I am excited about the opportunity to build on this great work and I look forward to working with the team.”

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The combined NGEC-Hestia team has around 100 staff based at sites including Sutton Coldfield, Andover, Wyton, Yeovilton, Rosyth and Kentigern House in Glasgow.

It is expected that the first framework (Regional Capital Works Framework East Midlands and Eastern England) will be awarded soon, and the first prime contract (Regional Prime Scotland and Northern Ireland) will be awarded by early 2014.

Mr Foley’s previous experience includes 12 years within Defence infrastructure, in a range of policy and operational appointments across hard and soft facilities management and major project delivery, including setting up the MoD central utilities function. He was appointed DIO head of change management in August 2012.

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