Ken Odgers

Ken is CIPFA qualified and, with 38 years of experience, is responsible for the delivery of CAL’s procurement services.


After a career in local government, Ken established CAL in 1998 and has since helped many organisations enhance their procurement processes. This has included establishing systems to manage

grants, developing procurement strategies, and leading major procurement exercises.


With CAL, Ken has set up and administered tender evaluation and assessment methodologies for major projects for a number of public sector organisations. He also facilitates partnering workshops and has been appointed by several organisations to act as their ‘partnering advisor’. 


In addition to his experience in the procurement field, Ken has ten years experience of auditing science and engineering research grants, mainly through projects funded by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE). This has included the establishment of procedures for the accurate recording of eligible expenditure and the timely requesting of drawdowns.


Further, during the last five years, he has been auditing European Commission funded projects for the Government in the Republic of Ireland. This has included the reviewing of systems adopted within various government agencies to record eligible expenditures, and ensuring they comply with EU legislation regarding procurement and publicity, as well as compliance with EU environment and equality policies.

Ken was a member of the CIPFA Audit Panel for 25 years, with the specific remit of contracts and procurement and has a reputation for being an expert in his field. He has written numerous publications on the subject of contracts including ‘Rethinking Construction in Local Government’ which was issued free by Constructing Excellence in 2004 to all local authorities in England and Wales.


His publication, ‘A Risk Based Approach to the Audit of Contracts’ was published by the CIPFA in January 2010. Ken also regularly lectures and presents courses on various procurement issues including the EU procurement regime.