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Settling the score – tender evaluation and moderation


Event summary

This updated webinar from the CIPFA Procurement and Commissioning Network will consider the tricky issues relating to tender evaluation, establishing and using appropriate marking schemes and conducting moderation meetings.


21 October 2022
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 15:25

Standard price

£245.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£135.00 excl VAT

Event booking is currently unavailable online. If you would like to book onto this event, please contact or 020 7543 5600

About this event

Evaluation is one of the most significant steps in any tender process, and recent court decisions have emphasised the importance of getting it right if you want to ensure you award the contract to the best supplier and achieve your intended outcomes. The courts have made it clear that for any procurements where the contracting authority cannot explain why it awarded the scores, there is failure of the most basic obligations of transparency, and they will be set aside, even where it has not been shown that the errors wrongly deprived the challenger of the contract. Attend this webinar and get assurance that your tender evaluation and moderation processes meet the required levels of compliance.

Who should attend?

This webinar will support procurement, finance, solicitors, project managers, auditors and contract managers with day-to-day responsibilities for seeking tenders and managing contractors.

How will you benefit from attending?

This webinar will cover:

  • practical tips on how to maintain transparent and auditable records of individual/panel evaluations and the moderation process
  • how to ensure panel members are fully trained, reach credible consensus on award criteria scoring and support the moderation process
  • an explanation on how contracting authorities can satisfy their legal obligations and write detailed award decision notices
  • suggestions on drafting appropriate qualitative questions and method statements to support the award criteria
  • an update on recent case law around tender evaluations.

CPD hours



  • Accounting
  • / Audit
  • / Commercialisation
  • / Commissioning
  • / Governance
  • / Internal audit
  • / Risk management
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas is a specialist procurement officer at Durham County Council, a unitary local authority with an annual procurement spend of around £500m. Jamie has been part of the procurement team since 2010. He is responsible for procurement law compliance, and also leads on social value and supplier engagement. Durham’s procurement team recently won the Social Value Leadership Award at the Cabinet Office-backed UK Social Value Awards.

Prior to joining Durham County Council, Jamie worked as a journalist, and as a parliamentary researcher. He has an academic interest in sustainable development, having studied International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in public procurement law and policy via Nottingham University’s law school.