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Samantha Butler

Samantha Butler
Senior Policy Advisor & Head of Commissioning Academies, Office for Civil Society
Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

A former Procurement Director, Samantha has 20 years commercial experience in private and public sectors including manufacturing, services, charities, arts and consultancy; from FTSE 100 companies to an e-start-up. She has specialised in transforming commercial teams from tendering functions to strategic units providing commercial insight into commissioning decisions.

Alumnus of the Commissioning Academy, Samantha joined the team in 2014 to lead the expansion of the programme into Local and Themed Academies and now heads up the function on behalf of the Cabinet Office. Since then, Cabinet Office has launched nine local and themed programmes with partner organisations, bringing together public sector organisations to enable collaborative commissioning. Four more are about to commence and many more are being planned. Over 1100 senior commissioners have participated in the Academy.

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