Abby Semple

Research Fellow & Procurement Expert, University of East London
Abby Semple, LL.B. (Dub) is a public procurement consultant with ten years of international experience. She has managed complex tenders on behalf of public sector clients in Ireland and the UK. She has also worked on the development of procurement law, guidance and policy at the EU level and in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States. Abby holds a law degree from Trinity College Dublin and a postgraduate qualification in public procurement from the Institute of Public Administration.

Her areas of expertise include the EU procurement directives, green and socially responsible procurement, life-cycle costing, framework agreements, contract design and e-procurement. She has developed criteria, tender documents, guidance and training materials on behalf of a number of authorities at local, national and international level, including the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Energy.

Abby writes and speaks frequently on procurement topics, having given over 60 presentations and training sessions throughout Europe and the world. She is the author of one of the first books on the new EU Procurement Directives A Practical Guide to Public Procurement, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Abby is a member of the Procurement Lawyers’ Association and the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).