The State Government’s commitment to the creation of greater business opportunities in regional Western Australia will be a major focus for the new head of the State Supply Commission.
Works and Services Minister Rob Johnson announced today the appointment of Cheryl Gwilliam as acting chief executive officer of the SSC.
She takes over the role from Charles Vinci, who has expressed a desire to pursue other career options within the public sector.
“I wish to thank Mr Vinci for ably assisting the State Supply Commission Board through a period of transition and uncertainty,” Mr Johnson said.
“He has done a good job under difficult circumstances and although I am a relatively new Minister to this portfolio, I have enjoyed a very good working relationship with him.”
Mr Johnson said Cheryl Gwilliam, who has left her role as director of supplier and procurement development at Contract and Management Services to take up the post, had a strong contracting background with a regional focus.
Ms Gwilliam was the executive director of Enterprise Development at the Department of Commerce and Trade before moving to CAMS in 1998, where her responsibilities have included overseeing the department’s award winning country services and the Government Contracting Information Bulletin Board.
Mr Johnson said Ms Gwilliam’s expertise in these and other areas would assist in the implementation of reforms to the SSC and the Government contracting environment announced in State Parliament last week.
The reforms are a response to reviews of the State Supply Commission Act by the Crown Solicitor and a Ministerial Consultative Committee, chaired by Bob Bloffwitch MLA.
“Ms Gwilliam will be charged with advancing these reforms,” Mr Johnson said.
“Importantly, she will work with the State Supply Commission Board in developing strategies that better utilise Government purchasing power to support small and regional businesses throughout Western Australia."
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