Chris Bell

Commercial Director, City of London Corporation


Chris has over 20 years’ experience in leading procurement and commercial functions specialising in business transformation, outsourcing and category management development. Currently he is the first ever Commercial Director in the unique surroundings of the City of London Corporation, with its over 800 years of trading history and its responsibility for the square mile and the City of London Police, the Barbican Centre, Tower Bridge and Hampstead Heath. Chris leads a 60 person strong department with responsibility for Category Management, Procurement Operations, Policy and Compliance, Accounts Payable, Contract Management, Commercialism and Responsible Procurement. This follows on from positions held at Accenture, London 2012, BiP Solutions and a range of Local Government positions in Scotland.

Chris is very much a results driven leadership professional that leads from the front, he sees people as they key component of any successful operation and is a firm sponsor of mentoring, personal development and apprenticeships. The transformation of City Procurement has seen him being named as the CIPS Management Professional of the year 2016.

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