Howard Rolfe enjoyed a 30 year career with Marks and Spencer and during that time he was seconded to the Cabinet Office and undertook a review of NHS Procurement in 1998. The creation of PASA was one of the outcomes of the review.
Howard was a Non Executive Director of (now Royal) Papworth Hospital from 2002-2012. Creating a new hospital was a key board agenda item during this time and the hospital is now open and an exemplar of modern technology and excellence.
Whilst at Papworth Howard became involved with the East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub initially as Procurement Director and now Managing Director. The Hub has saved the NHS over £230m.
From 2014-19 Howard was Leader of Uttlesford District Council and a member of the Essex Health and Well-Being Board, he remains a keen advocate of integrated work including with social care.
The East of England Hub works with the other 3 NHS Hubs as Procurement in Partnership (PiP) ensuring that work across the Hubs is not duplicated and that benefit is maximised. PiP is now working with Crown Commercial Services to produce a comprehensive suite of frameworks for all aspects of Workforce, an area of multi billion pound cost to the NHS.
Working collaboratively and recognising the role of the Category Towers and the emerging themes of PTOM (Procurement Target Operating Model) will be a key theme of Howard’s contribution at HETT.