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Unit4 signs up former UK government shared services head

Neil Merrett Published 08 June 2015

Paul Marriner will lead company's new global government advisory team to target efficiency savings in EPR and shared services


Former Cabinet Office shared services director Paul Marriner has been appointed to a newly established global government advisory team with software supplier Unit4 to focus on alternative solutions for business management and collaboration.

Marriner, who stepped down from his position as the executive director of the government's Next Generation Shared Services (NGSS) programme in July 2013, will lead the new specialist team in working around improving value for money through use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools.

The role is expected to be "heavily focused" on building on the company's presence in the UK and Ireland.

A spokesperson for Unit4 said that the team will focus on working with local and central government bodies, as well as wider public sector such as healthcare and emergency service provision.

"[Marriner} will concentrate initially on local government in the US market and enhancing Unit4's presence in the wider UK public sector," said the company. "Globally Unit4 has a strong presence in the public sector in the UK, France, North America, Norway and Sweden. "

At a time where governments are feeling increased pressure to cater for changing work patterns, while reducing costs and improving efficiencies through technology, Unit4 said the appointment was aimed at better addressing these customer needs.

As an existing provider of back office functions to the UK government and administrations across Europe, the company also hopes to tackle interest in moving away from legacy ERP systems.

"It was important to take on someone who thoroughly understands the requirements of the sector. Paul has a global remit that will see him working closely with government organisations helping them understand how ERP can drive savings to the local taxpayer," added the spokesperson.

With the company estimating that it works with over 1500 customers in government around the world, Marriner said his position heading the new team would be focused on trying to ensure more efficient collaborative working.

"The public sector is looking for alternatives to the costly, static ERP systems of the past that were built with product, not people and processes in mind. Unit4 is building on years of public sector expertise helping organisations create efficiencies and deliver taxpayer value," he said. "Its sector focus and knowledge through a dedicated team delivers an attractive proposition at a critical time of transformation in the public sector."

Unit4 said it had chosen Marriner for the role based around his experience in overseeing transformation of shared services, IT and ERP solutions in the UK public sector.

"During his time at the UK Cabinet Office, Paul was successful in delivering the strategy to reduce back office costs through the adoption of shared services by £130m annually," said the company in a statement.

"This was achieved through maximizing performance of the centres, promoting the adoption of services and delivering shared ERP solutions. Other roles included Client Partner for the UK Home Office working for Fujitsu, and leading on the development of the UK National Health Service HR and Payroll system which has paid 1.3m employees for over 10 years."

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