Cabinet Office Small Business Advisory Panel

The SME Advisory Panel is working with government to support start-ups and small businesses via government procurement, and commit to paying them on time.


SME Panel Terms of Reference


In 2011, the Cabinet Office set up an advisory panel of SME owners and entrepreneurs. The small business Advisory Panel provides feedback and challenge to the action the government is taking to remove procurement barriers, and increase its spend with SMEs.

The Panel was refreshed in September 2020 and now has 25 representatives. Appointments are initially for a 12 month period and may be renewed for a further 12 months by agreement of both parties.

Role of Members

The role of the Panel members includes:

  • helping identify remaining barriers to small businesses’ success in selling to government and work with government to help remove them
  • representing their sectors to help identify specific sectoral issues for small businesses, and feeding back as appropriate to those sectors
  • providing feedback on and constructive criticism of existing and new initiatives
  • providing comment on new policy consultations which relate to SMEs
  • supporting strategic opportunities for Government to secure better value via small businesses
  • acting where appropriate to communicate the agenda internally and externally with industry bodies and and within their field.
  • advising Ministers on Government’s engagement with small businesses

Panel members

  • Anne Wilson, ACW Advisors
  • Anne-Sophie Lendrevie, Barclays - Techstars
  • Arnab Dutt, Dexo Technologies
  • Campbell McDonald, Baxendale
  • Elizabeth Vega, Informed Solutions
  • Farida Gibbs, Gibbs Hybrid International
  • Farooq Mohammed, es-p
  • Graham Lancaster, TORI Global Ltd
  • Hugh Griffiths, Inzpire Ltd
  • Ian Fishwick, AdEPT Telecom
  • Jonathan Lewis, The Live Group
  • Judith Hall, SmartSourcing
  • Kris Saxton, Automation Logic
  • Mark Jankovich, Delphis Eco
  • Mark Smith, TopMarks Claims Management
  • Mark Thompson, Ryder Architecture Ltd
  • Nancy Pallares, FLIR Systems Ltd
  • Pamela Cook, Infoshare Ltd
  • Paul Edwards, P & S Automation
  • Rashmi Dube, Future Thinking
  • Rob Driscoll, Excellence in Electrotechnical and Engineering Services ECA
  • Stephen Kingan, Nexor Ltd
  • Steve Watmough, Mason Advisory
  • Tim Colman, Abacus HR

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Published 14 November 2017
Last updated 19 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Panel member list has been updated.

  2. Page updated with new Terms of Reference for the Cabinet Office Small Business Advisory Panel.

  3. First published.