Head of Commercial Operations and Infrastructure Construction, Department for Transport
Cristina Bizzi serves as Commercial Deputy Director for the British Government (non-political appointment), influencing a budget over US$ 200 billion in outsourced contracts. She specializes in commercial agreements and business relations. Cristina currently leads the commercial operations of the Department for Transport and manages the overarching strategy for the delivery of the long-term transport infrastructure capital projects through the international supply chain. Cristina manages large teams and has extensive experience in leadership and capability building.
Cristina has been covering a number of senior roles for the British Government, including heading the commercial aspects of the youth justice portfolio and the whole ERP technology transformation for the Ministry of Justice. Cristina led the Schools Buying Programme for the Department for Education which directly supports 24,000 independent schools in their purchasing activities through a series of innovative digital and procurement projects.
Before serving the British Government, Cristina worked for 15 years in the private sector. In Citibank, she was Sourcing Vice President heading Banking and Financial Services across 53 countries in the Europe, Middle East and Africa. For Barclays she led the strategy development and negotiation of complex global outsourcing deals. For Agip-Eni, one of the major oil and gas companies in the world, she worked on the development of the Kashagan giant oil field in Kazakhstan.
Cristina, originally from Italy, holds a master’s degree in Business and Industrial Management Engineering. She started her career working for a leading manufacturing company. She has continued her personal development obtaining a postgraduate certificate in Finance from the London School for Business and Finance, and has various diplomas in accounting, economics and computer coding. Cristina is a PLP (Project Leadership Programme) graduate at the Cranfield School of Management and she is accredited as an IPA reviewed (Infrastructure Project Authority) for Government Major Projects.
Cristina is a Fellow of CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply), she is part of the SLS (Senior Talent Scheme) at the British Government, and she was the 2017 Public Sector Representative at the Council of the GSA (Global Sourcing Association) where she appeared in their list of Outstanding Achievers.