Government Chief Commercial Officer and Non-Executive Director, Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

Gareth Rhys Williams


Gareth Rhys Williams was most recently Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading provider of outsourced workplace services in the UK. Gareth is an experienced CEO and Non Executive Director, with a consistent record of reinvigorating and reinventing listed and private equity backed companies through creative growth strategies. He has a strong record of driving transformational change in large, complex and federated organisations.

Before joining PHS, Gareth was CEO of Charter International, the FTSE 250 engineering group, until its successful sale to Colfax Corporation in 2012. Prior to that, he was CEO of Capital Safety Group Ltd, since sold to KKR, and CEO of Vitec Group plc, the supplier of broadcast and photographic equipment and services.

Government Chief Commercial Officer

Reporting to the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, the Government Chief Commercial Officer shapes and leads the programme of commercial reform across government.

The Government Chief Commercial Officer’s priorities include:

  • strengthening commercial capability throughout the civil service
  • improving the management of complex contracts
  • ensuring the government acts as a responsible, intelligent and experienced client

The Government Chief Commercial Officer works closely with departmental ministers, the Cabinet Secretary, departmental permanent secretaries and other senior officials, and senior leaders of government suppliers. The Government Chief Commercial Officer gives evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, including the Public Accounts Committee, on commercial matters.

Cabinet Office and Government Commercial Function

Non-Executive Director, Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

A non-executive director brings an external perspective and provides advice, challenge and support to the board.

Crown Commercial Service