Jamie Thomas is a part-time PhD researcher at the School of Law of the University of Nottingham, also working as a public procurement professional. He has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews (2003). More recently, Jamie completed the Executive Programme in Public Procurement Law at the University of Nottingham, graduating with an LLM (Distinction) in 2017, which encouraged him to continue to pursue a PhD. An article based on the findings of his LLM research project was published in the Public Procurement Law Review in 2018.
Professionally, Jamie has worked in public procurement for over 12 years (and counting), first in local government and more recently in the Civil Service, where he is currently Strategic Procurement Officer at National Savings and Investments but has also joined projects across the Government Commercial Function. This career has allowed him to develop an extensive practical working knowledge of public procurement law and policy, which complements his research interests. Alongside this he is also a Principal Associate of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), speaking regularly at their conferences and practice seminars.
Jamie's PhD research seeks to examine the evidence base for relatively recent public policy changes in the UK, where government has used regulation, rather than guidance, as a means to tackle perceived barriers which, it is claimed, prevent SMEs from obtaining fair access to public contract opportunities. Focusing on one specific "barrier", that of shortlisting or "PQQ" procedures, the overall aim of the research project is to help improve understanding of how SMEs interact with public procurers, on the basis of robust data, and to support evidence-led policymaking in this area.
Supervisors: Dr Luke Butler and Dr Peter Trepte.