Nicholas has been an important figure in the niche yet influential world of public sector market intelligence for the past decade. Nicholas has project managed over 250 market insight projects tracking numerous trends with the sector – from the dispersal of the Civil Service following the 2004 Lyons Review, to the lack of development of joined up Government following the Sir David Varney review into Transformational Government.




Imtiaz Farookhi stepped down as Chief Executive of NHBC in February 2012, after 15 years in which he grew the company’s balance sheet strength to £1.6 billion and restored trust to the NHBC brand.

Prior to leading NHBC, Imtiaz was Chief Executive of Leicester City Council where he established a number of innovative award winning public-private partnerships, including Environment City and Leicester City Challenge, which regenerated the west end of Leicester.




Sir John Bourn was the Comptroller & Auditor General of the United Kingdom (1988-2008), the first Auditor General for Wales (1999-2005) and the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Ministerial Interests (2006-2007).

Sir John also served on the Financial Reporting Council and was Chair of the Professional Oversight Board, responsible for the Council’s Audit Inspection Unit (2000-2008).

Sir John was Chairman of the Multilateral Audit Advisory Group of the World Bank, and a member (formerly Chairman) of the Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations. He was a member of the Governing Boards of the International and of the European Organisations of National Audit Offices and Courts of Audit.

Sir John is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, a Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Governance Research and Education and a member of the Advisory Board of its BPP Business School.

Before leaving the civil service to take up appointment as Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir John served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement in the Ministry of Defence, in the Northern Ireland Office in Belfast and London, in the Treasury and at the Civil Service College


David Werran

Executive Chairman

David Werran spent nearly 40 years in the civil service, spanning six Government Departments, Agencies and NDPBs at a variety of UK locations. A specialist in human resources and industrial relations he acted as project director for three major Civil Service relocations out of London during the 1980s and 1990s – to Bootle, Sheffield and Runcorn – involving some 5,000 staff and subsequently acted as government adviser to 6 other dispersals.


Barry Bibby

Cheif Financial Officer

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant Barry gained experience with Deloittes and then Price Waterhouse before becoming a Partner at Kevan Pilling (now part of Deloittes). Barry subsequently gained wide Industrial and Commercial experience as Finance Director in a wide number of sectors including Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical, Marketing, Security, IT, IP, Printing and Luxury Goods where he was FD of TAG Heuer UK.


gareth jones


Gareth Jones has spent over 40 years working in and around the NHS, Civil Service and wider Public Sector.

Gareth’s first 18 years in the Government sector were spent in the NHS working in procurement across a number of NHS regional trusts, followed by a posting in the Northern Irish Civil Service. In 1992 he moved to the Department of Transport and undertook major change programmes, most notably in relation to privatisations and outsourcing contracts in service provision, and in 1997 became DETR’s first Head of Procurement.

In his following career Gareth held the following Civil Service positions; Head of and Procurement Manager for the New Opportunities Fund (2001 -2002), Director of Procurement for the House of Commons (2001-2002), and Head of Procurement Department of Health (2002 – 2004).

Since leaving public service Gareth has become a notable lecturer on procurement and project management issues affecting the public sector. In addition to procurement issues within Government- both tactical and strategic- Gareth is an acknowledged expert on EU legislation and Freedom of Information legislation.


Liam Sayers

Senior Programme Manager

Liam joined DragonGate in February 2015 as a Programme Manager and was promoted to Senior Programme Manager in January 2016.

Liam has been successful in managing a number of key public sector projects as well as assisting in contributing to existing projects and driving them to success. Liam has also continued to build and strengthen new and existing client relationships across a wide range of programmes for the company. Prior to joining DragonGate, Liam worked for a consultancy company which focused on service delivery for the public sector on the digital and IT platform. Liam was an Account Manager and focused on supplying expertise across IT services within the NHS. Liam also achieved a BA in International Relations in 2013.