Barry Hooper

Barry Hooper


In a career spanning 30 years across the private and public sectors Barry’s achievements and contribution towards the development of the commercial profession resulted in his achievements being recognised internationally and his appointment to the Chairmanship of the Board for the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management. As a global not for profit membership organisation of 75,000 individuals across 180 countries his stewardship of the organisation has driven the creation of a subsidiary US based worldwide foundation for commercial leadership that will formally launch in 2022 and provide a platform to provide research and education services worldwide with much stronger links to academia , professional bodies and specific market sectors.

Since 2015, Barry has been the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Profession for the Ministry of Justice, for the Deputy Prime Minister/Lord Chancellor/Secretary of State, and Permanent Secretary. This requires oversight of one of the largest outsourced portfolios in Whitehall covering a contracted spend in excess of £26bn across c4500 contacts. Responsibilities span the end-to-end commercial process from governance and policy, market stewardship, commissioning, sourcing, supplier management to mitigating third-party risk. Barry also oversees the operation of the department’s national distribution centre, fleet and engineering services. More broadly, he is a member of the MoJ Investment Committee, Chair of the Commercial Oversight Group, and a regular attendee at the Audit and Risk Committee.

As a member of the Government Commercial Function’s leadership team, Barry is integral to the development of the public sector’s far-reaching procurement profession. He is also Chair of the Cabinet Office consulting triage board, member of the Infrastructure Projects Authority Steering Board and a Civil Service Reform Champion.

Through his work as a mentor and champion of women in procurement, Barry is able to leverage his position as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply to contribute to achieving greater equality and has also supported the creation of the World Commerce and Contacting Inspiring Women Awards. Barry is also a qualified marketeer and as one of the pioneers of marketing procurement, helped establish the Commercial Purchasing Action Group at ISBA which continues to drive forward commercial leadership and best practice across the Global Advertising Industry.