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Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams

Commercial Director,
Department for Education (DfE)

Jenny trained as a finance analyst at PwC, specialising in private finance and social infrastructure, working on a wide range of public sector deals both in the UK and abroad. In 2012 she moved across to the UK civil service and lead commercial teams in the MoJ and MOD before joining the DfE in 2017. Here she has driven a transformation in the way commercial makes a difference for education. Jenny is passionate about using commercial skills to drive the best outcomes for the users of our services. Jenny lives in London with her husband and one year old daughter.  

  • Driving value for money in procurement through the DfE’s new ‘buying for schools’ platform with DfE approved frameworks of goods and services purchases
  • Assessing the progress in saving £1 billion a year of non-staff spending by 2020 in line with the School’s Buying Strategy
  • Examining the development of Schools Buying Hubs and the next steps in aggregating costs and procurement deals across clusters and MATs
  • Exploring how academies can ensure value for money in the hiring of supply teachers and agency workers through DfE deals