Mr Ceri Evans

Lecturer in Procurement & Innovation

Affiliations

Contact info

Email: c.d.evans@bangor.ac.uk.

Phone: 01248 383766.

Location: Upper floor Aethwy building.

Overview

Ceri Evans has worked for Bangor University since January 2009, following his move from Cardiff Business School. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies after leading the successful bid for £2.2m of funding from the EU’s Ireland/Wales INTERREG Programme in 2010 for the “Winning in Tendering” project. 

Indeed, Ceri has proved instrumental over the years in securing substantial grant funding for the Institute and has led a number of successful major research grant bids. Ceri’s most recent major grant success was in 2017 for the €335,000 PPACT project (Public Procurement and Cross-border tendering), funded by the EU’s Competitiveness for SMEs Programme (COSME), for which he has assumed the role of project Co-Investigator. Ceri was also successful in 2017 and 2018 in winning 3 separate ESRC Impact Acceleration grants (also as project Co-Investigator), worth in the region of £50,000. Ceri also wrote the Bangor Univeristy element of the TESLA Project research grant application which was successful in winning £385,000 of INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme funding in 2012. In addition to grant funding, Ceri has also been consistently successful in winning a number of prestigious public sector contracts (worth in excess of £240,000) to engage in a range of different areas of procurement research. Ceri's expertise in grant writing and grant evaluation led to him taking up a position as an evaluator for the European Commission's SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation programme. 

He is module leader for 2 modules for the LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy and module leader for 3 modules for the Distance Learning LLM in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice. He is also a Personal Tutor at the Law School, as well as an LLM dissertation and PhD thesis supervisor.

Ceri's focus in on undertaking applied procurement research and his main research interests remain rooted in SME interaction in public procurement. He has authored a number of influential publications in this area: for example, in 2018, he authored a journal article on feedback and supplier debriefing practices and their impact on SMEs, and in 2019, authored a seperate piece of work entitled "Unpacking SME Failure in public sector competitions: reasons, perspectives and implications". Both of these articles have been ranked by external reviewers to be of the highest academic rating for Originality and Significance. The research from this work is expected to feature as a REF Impact Case Study in the 2020 REF exercise.

He has also written book chapters on SME-Friendly procurement and has authored a variety of commissioned reports. For instance, he was one of the authors of the Welsh Government “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity” report. The recommendations from this report have been implemented by the Welsh Government’s Value Wales division which adopted the report as government policy in 2012. He has also authored reports on a variety of other elements of SME friendly procurement, including: E-Procurement and tendering support mechanisms.

Ceri is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and a PRINCE 2 Practitioner and has been actively involved in procurement reforms in a number of countries across the world and these countries and regions include the UK, Canada, New Zealand, the US, several EU countries, the Middle East and a number of developing nations. Indeed, he is regularly consulted by governments, public bodies, institutions and business organisations on public procurement and tendering issues and is regularly invited to speak at major national and international conferences on these issues, in particular to share his knowledge on SME-friendly procurement and to help shape public procurement reforms and influence procurement modernisation in these countries.

He was recently lead author in developing a Full Business Case involving 3 local authorities adopting a shared procurement service operating model and Co-Investigator and lead author in 2016 for research that culimnated in 2 reports for Gwynedd Council that focus on how the Council can adopt a Category Management based approach to procurement. 

Ceri has been particularly active in developing methodologies to help the SME sector engage more successfully in public procurement. For instance, as part of the “Winning in Tendering” project, Ceri led the work package to develop and deliver a Tender Review Service (TRS) to over 200 SMEs and Third Sector organisations. An independent evaluation of the TRS by Loxley Consulting (2014) stated:  The evaluation has identified significant evidence of the wider impact of the TRS on SMEs throughout the region.  Responses to TRS follow-up surveys show that beneficiaries are achieving significantly higher tender success rates than before receiving TRS support; in many cases these are double the success rates of a year earlier.”

The Tender Review methodology is being piloted by the Canadian Government and was a major strength of the Law School’s 2014 3* REF Impact Case Study submission. The winner of the Welsh Government National Procurement Award category for “Most Improved Supplier in Tendering” in 2013 and 2014 were both beneficiaries of the TRS. The TRS was also runner-up in the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Award 2013 category for “Best Procurement Project” and Ceri's article on the TRS was selected as one of the best papers from the 5th International Public Procurement Conference held in Seattle, USA in August 2012. Ceri has also developed an innovative tendering training methodology to enable suppliers to understand the procurer/evaluator perspective, as well as common weaknesses to avoid in tendering.

Ceri has recently completed a transnational research exercise analysing how high potential start-up organisations (HPSUs) across Europe interface with public procurement via a major EU-funded innovation and competitiveness project (the TESLA project) and delivered training throughout North-West Europe to help these HPSUs use public procurement as a growth accelerator.  

Ceri, in recent years, has also assisted (via training, adoption of change management methods, and through data analysis) a number of Local Authorities, to adopt new and innovative procurement methods, so they are more able to operate in an efficient and effective way during a period of major budget cuts.

 

 

Grant Awards and Projects

2018:

  • Lead responsibility and Co-Investigator for ESRC Impact Acceleration grant "Procurement Modernisation Accelerator", funded in 2018 (£25,000).

2017:

  • Joint lead responsibility for ICPS element of the research grant application for the PPACT Project (Public Procurement and Cross-border tendering) and project Co-Investigator– a €335,000 initiative, funded in 2017 by the EU’s Competitiveness for SMEs programme (COSME).

  • Lead responsibility and Co-Investigator for ESRC Impact Acceleration grant “Brexit – Rewriting the Procurement Playbook” and “Procuring a Connected Living: the Internet of Things”, funded in 2017 (£22,400).

2016:

  • Lead responsibility for Gwynedd Council submission “Assist with the implementation of Category Management by facilitating engagement of staff with the change”. This was successful in receiving £29,000 of funding (2016).

2015:

  • Lead responsibility for Gwynedd Council submission: Pilot Study to assess Gwynedd Council’s current procurement responsibilities and capacity; and to facilitate the design of Category Management”. This submission received £19,000 of funding (2015).

2014:

  • Lead responsibility for the “Three Counties Procurement Service: Full Business Case” research application in 2014, which was awarded £31,000.

  • Lead responsibility for Gwynedd Council “Tender Evaluation Analysis” submission for Gwynedd Council (2014). This received £10,000 of funding.

  • Procurement Summer School, Welsh Government - £4,000, (July/August 2014, part of ICPS Team).

2012:

  • Lead responsibility for the ICPS element of the TESLA Project research grant application which was successful in winning £385,000 of INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme funding in 2012.

2010:

  • Joint lead responsibility (with Prof D.Cahill) for developing the research grant application for the “Winning in Tendering” project. This resulted in an Award of £2.2m from the EU’s Ireland/Wales INTERREG Programme in 2010.

  • Lead responsibility for the Welsh Government Relocation Strategy research application. This led to £69,000 of Welsh Government funding in 2010.

2009:

  • Joint lead responsibility for the “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Research” application. This led to £67,000 of funding from the Welsh Government in 2009.

Teaching and Supervision

Postgraduate Teaching

 

LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy: 

  • SXL 4438: Procurement Relationships & Ethics (Module Leader)

  • SXL 4439: Strategic Procurement & Leadership (Module Leader)

  • SXL 4447: Certificate in Tendering Competency (Module Leader)

 

Distance Learning LLM in Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice: 

  • SXL-4730: Strategic Issues in Procurement (Module Leader).

  • SXL 4738: Procurement Relationships & Ethics (Module Leader).

  • SXL-4739: Leadership & Risk Management (Module Leader).

 

Other Teaching

 

Responsible for development and delivery of a variety of Work based learning Masters level modules, including: 

  • Tender Review Certificate

  • TRS European Union Tendering Passport

 

Research Supervision

 

Ceri has supervised a number of dissertations for the LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy, including:

2019:

  • Kerkula Mulbah, "An investigation into how Liberia can optimise its achievement of SME set-aside targets" (September 2019).
  • Rafael da Silva, "An investigative study to examine the best way of structuring public procurement in Timor-Leste to minimise corruption" (September 2019).

2018:

  • Abraham Okiemute Oteri, "Introduction of mandatory standstill period as a means of achieving greater transparency and efficiency in public procurement in Nigeria" (September 2018).

2017:

  • Andrei Bennett, “Managing Risk: a theory of procurement risk management in North Wales Local Authorities” (September 2017).

  • Mustapha Sulaiman, “Horizontal Policies in EU Public Procurement Regime: Effective Integration and Sustainability Challenges” (September 2017).

  • Abdulhakeem Jaiyeola, “Critical Analysis of Public Procurement Legal Reforms in Nigeria” (September 2017).

2016:

  • Aaron John, “Barriers to public goods and services contracts for social enterprises and the third sector: Is collaborative tendering the answer?” (September 2016).

2015:

  • Kwame Tufour, “What Lessons can Ghana Learn from Wales’ progressive SME Friendly approaches” (September 2015).
  • Alvan Gana, “An effective Public Procurement Regime as the best anti-corruption mechanism: Lessons for Nigeria from the EU Regime” (September 2015).

2014:

  • Llyr Williams, “What could Gwynedd Council gain from adopting a Centralised Procurement Structure?” (September 2014).

Ceri is also a PhD Supervisor and is interested in supervising students from his area of expertise and in particular research related to SME interaction in pubic sector procurenment.

He is currently supervising Miriam Mbah's PhD research:

"Addressing Human Trafficking through Public Procurement: A Critical Examination of the US and Australian Federal Procurement Law."

 

 

 

 

 

Other

  • Personal Tutor at the Law School.
  • Delivery of Law School Open days.
  • Recruitment / visiting schools to promote Bangor Law School programmes. 
  • Provided strategic tendering support via the Tender Review Service to Dynamix Ltd who subsequently won the category of “Most Improved Supplier in Tendering” at the Welsh Government National Procurement Awards in 2013. Opinion Research Services, a company that has also received intensive TRS support, won the “Most Improved Supplier in Tendering” Award in 2014.
  • Runner-up for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Award 2013 category of “Best Procurement Project” for the Tender Review Service.

  • Runner-Up in the Bangor University Research and Enterprise Impact Awards 2013 category of “Improvement in Business Performance and/or Outstanding Innovation” for the Tender Review Service.

  • Runner-up in the Bangor University Research and Enterprise Impact Awards 2014 category of “Best Impact on Public Policy and/or Public Services” for the Barriers to Procurement Opportunity research.

Research

Ceri’s main research interests remain rooted in SME interaction in public procurement and he has authored a number of influential reports and publications in this area.

Contact Info

Email: c.d.evans@bangor.ac.uk.

Phone: 01248 383766.

Location: Upper floor Aethwy building.

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