John Swords

National Director of Procurement, HSE

John has in excess of 30 years’ experience in the HSE from both a Finance and Procurement perspective. With a keen focus on driving transformational business along with introducing new digital innovations to support service improvements across the organisation, John is also highly experienced in effectively leading teams during challenging times. An example of this leadership refers to the COVID-19 pandemic where HBS played a critical role in ensuring that despite a rapidly evolving environment, supply of goods, services and business solutions to customers were supported, maintained and responsive to business requirements.

In his as Head of Procurement, John is instrumental in progressing the strategic procurement journey across the HSE. His remit requires a key focus on leading change through development and delivery of a new Procurement Operating Model. This incorporated the implementation of a Procurement Sourcing Plan, compliance improvement, development and roll out of the National Logistics Service along with supporting the National Finance Reform and Stabilisation Programmes.