The Contracts Department advises Thames Valley Police on how to obtain the most cost-effective goods and services for the Force.

The department prepares tenders, drafts terms, evaluates offers, identifies best value solutions, and manages the contracts once they have been awarded and put into action.

Thames Valley Police’s Contracts Department is actively engaged in procurement partnerships with other police forces.

It also makes use of contracts managed by other organisations - ie other police forces, the Home Office, Home Office Commercial Directorate and Crown Commercial Services and Efficiency Reform Group (ERG). We are the lead Force for numerous contract initiatives, including those at regional and national levels.

The department is based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. It is staffed by professionally qualified people who have a wealth of commercial procurement knowledge. The Head of Procurement is also responsible for the Force Stores Department.

The department supports buyers in specialist functions and through the Corporate Procure to Pay Function. Requests for goods and services can be made via the Procure to Pay team and for more complex requests the Contracts team.

The Head of Contracts is Richard Fowles.

Richard previously worked for UK SBS (part of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) as the Head of Procurement for Research, Science & Technology where he managed a team of 26 category specialists. Prior to that he worked for 25 years in the private sector working for a number of manufacturing companies working on major change programs.

He is married and enjoys playing guitar in a desperate attempt to recapture his youth.