An Introduction to Procurement England Limited (PEL)


PEL is a not for profit company limited by guarantee owned by the four English Universities Purchasing Consortia; London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC), North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) and Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC).  PEL’s Board of Directors consist of the four Chairs of its owners plus the Chairs of two sister higher education consortia, The Energy Consortium (TEC) and The Universities Catering Organisation (TUCO) – see list below for current board members. Links to all the consortia and other sector bodies involved in procurement are also given below.


  • Andrew Young (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) LUPC
  • Hari Punchihewa (University of Derby) NEUPC
  • Geoff Hope-Terry NWUPC
  • Rex Knight (University College London) SUPC 
  • David Sanders TEC
  • Julie Barker (University of Brighton) TUCO
  • Judith Hoyle (Secretary)

The Heads of the six consortia listed above plus four Head of Procurements each from a University that is a Member of one of the four English consortia come together to form the PEL Advisory Group (PELAG), see list below for current membership.


  • Andy Davies LUPC
  • Chris Philpot (University of East London) LUPC
  • Frank Rowell NEUPC
  • Alison Holmes (Durham University) NEUPC
  • Paul Tomany NWUPC
  • Kevin Casey (The University of Manchester) NWUPC
  • Susan Wright SUPC
  • Colin Reeve (Anglia Ruskin University) SUPC
  • Richard Murphy TEC
  • Mike Haslin TUCO
  • Judith Hoyle (Secretary)

PEL was established in the wake of a report from Universities UK (UUK) entitled Efficiency and Effectiveness in Higher Education complied by a committee chaired by Professor Iain Diamond the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen in 2011. The report was commonly referred to as the Diamond Report, and since a follow up report in 2015 again led by Professor Diamond, we now have Diamond 1 and 2. The first report suggested the higher education institutions (HEIs) across the sector should look to have 30% of their procurement expenditure via collaborative purchasing arrangements by 2016; the second report noted that by 2013/14 over 25% of spend was as the report recommended. The majority of collaborative procurement across the sector is via the purchasing consortia.


Diamond 1 recommended that collaborative procurement in England could seek to organise their collaborative working in a more formal arrangement and this is the raison d`etre of PEL. Work on coordinating collaborative procurement in England, whilst still working with the wide sector, has resulted in a number of documents; a PEL Strategic Aims & Vision paper, an Implementation plan and a sustainability policy – see the relevant parts of the website below to view or download these papers and the minutes of the various groups meetings.


PEL does not have staff or let contracts, the relevant consortia are its operational bodies; however it is and will help the HEIs in England and the wider sector towards the targets set for them in the Diamond Reports.


London Universities Purchasing Consortium -
North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium -
North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium -
Southern University Purchasing Consortium -
The Energy Consortium -
The Universities Catering Organisation -