New job for former procurement hub chief

The former chief executive of a large regional NHS procurement hub has been appointed chair of a company that helps trusts reduce costs.

Jonathan Wedgbury has joined ADB (UK), six months after his departure from HealthTrust Europe was confirmed.

ADB, which describes itself as a small and medium sized enterprise, works with around 40 per cent of NHS trusts in England and Wales and aims to help them save money by addressing tail spend.

Tail spend is usually defined as the smallest areas of spend within an organisation that makes up around 20 per cent of the overall spend, but which often involves 80 per cent of the organisation’s suppliers.

A statement from ADB said Mr Wedgbury’s “significant experience” in the NHS made him the ideal candidate for the job, given the “demands placed on the role of procurement in a challenging economic climate”.

Mr Wedgbury said: “ADB is a company I have worked with for over 12 years and I am sure that our service offering can make a real difference to hospitals in their quest to drive procurement savings and efficiencies.”

He spent six years at the helm of HTE, during which time the organisation was bought by Hospital Corporation of America. The Birmingham based hub has around 30 NHS providers as clients.

David Marley, managing director of ADB, said: “Jonathan will be pivotal in assisting us to bring together NHS procurement professionals, the new procurement operating model and third party systems requiring data for products, services and prices obtained through competitive procurement exercises.”

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