Vincent Godfrey

Strategic Commissioner – Public Health

Roles and responsibilities

Vincent is responsible for:

  • shaping, developing and reviewing the council’s commissioning strategy to ensure it continues to incorporate current thinking and creates further opportunity for synergy across the council
  • directing and leading the strategic commissioning activity for the council, to ensure a strong and consistent commissioning approach across the commissioning cycle, including data-driven analytics, commercial support, market development
  • shaping strategies to ensure all opportunities for joint commissioning across services are exploited and delivered, providing appropriate challenge to enable effective and efficient use of council resources and successful delivery of commissioning outcomes
  • building and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders including relevant directors and lead commissioners to ensure effective engagement in the delivery of the council’s objectives
  • acting as an expert adviser on strategic commissioning supporting members and senior officers on complex/high level matters.

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Vincent joined Kent County Council in August 2016 and has been the Strategic Commissioner since April 2017. He was a senior civil servant for the 12 years prior, serving in the Home Office firstly and then Ministry of Justice (MoJ). From 2009 he was the Director of Commercial and Contract Management, responsible for a portfolio of £3.5bn per annum. This covered everything from the construction and operation of prisons through information and communications technology to staff uniform.  He was also responsible for MoJ’s transport and logistics operations. During his time as a senior civil servant, he was Gateway reviewer for the Major Projects Authority and a Crown Representative for the Cabinet Office working across central government departments on high risk and profile programmes.

He spent 14 years in the rail industry with various organisations including London Underground Limited and Network Rail. Predominantly this time was spent working on infrastructure, privatisation and outsourcing programmes.

Most of Vincent’s roles have been of a commercial nature. He has been a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply since 2007 having achieved membership in 1992 and was their Professional of the Year in 2007.  The University of Birmingham awarded him an MBA in 1997.

Salary and expenses

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Declaration of interests

Spouse is Director of Community Development for West Kent Mind (Charity). The declaration of interest has been taken from Oracle and refers to the financial year 16/17.

Gifts and hospitality

  • free workshop and lecture at The Festival of Governance 2017 annual event
  • complimentary pass to Local Government Strategy Forum - 23 - 24 May 2017, including accommodation.