EU Services in the UK

Achilles EU services team has a deep understanding of the practical implications of the EU procurement rules and regulations. With over 40 years of combined experience, our experts understand the complexities and the risks of getting it wrong.

Working closely with both Public Sector and Utilities, the team understands how most organisations need quick, comprehensive and accurate advice.

Achilles EU Services team offer a range of services to the market via THEMiS, an online services which gives you the ability to ask EU questions to one of the advisors, training, delivered by one of our experienced team members which helps keep you up-to-date with changes to the legislation as well as training from first principles to masterclass levels, and consultancy services to provide specialist advice when you need it.



Increase your knowledge. Reduce risk and costs.

THEMiS is an EU procurement legislation tool, which helps you to:

  • Comply with the complex requirements of the EU and other international procurement legislation easily.
  • Keep you up-to-date with changes to the rules with ease.
  • Introduces you regulated procurement.
  • Send OJEU notices to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

THEMiS service options

THEMiS has three service options available – THEMiS Platinum, THEMiS Premium and THEMiS Standard – and is a subscription-based online system allowing you to buy 1 licence, 2 licences, 5 licences or a company licence.

1. Platinum 7 working hour response to your EU questions and full access to the system.
2. Premium 48 working hours response to your EU questions and full access to the system.
3. Standard Notice suite only.

EU Training

Keep up-to-date. Invest in your future.

Achilles EU Services team are a leading provider of specialist training in the management of EU procurement legislation. With the EU regulations having an effect on how we purchase and case law having an effect on the existing and new legislation, Achilles training programmes are continually updated to ensure we keep you up-to-date.

Our dedicated team of EU trainers deliver interactive training workshops, seminars and conferences that use a mixture of slides, case studies exercises and discussion points to provide a "real" understanding of how EU rules fit with regulated procurement.

Achilles offers a range of courses which can be delivered via an open route or in-house route. All courses have Lawyers Regulatory Authority CPD points.

We are happy for organisations to collaborate.

Achilles EU Academy

Achilles EU Academy, with Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) CPD points' accreditation, established a common understanding of the principles and objectives of EU legislation. Made up of 6 modules for Public Sector and 5 modules for utilities starting from first principles the modules examine in a practical way the proper approach to advertising contracts, selecting suppliers and awarding contracts.

The Academy can be run in house or alternatively, an open Academy is offered 3 times a year.

View our current courses and conferences.

EU Consultancy

Comprehensive and accurate advice. Quickly.

Achilles EU Services provide experts within the field of EU procurement legislation. Our experts have a deep understanding of the practical implications of the EU procurement rules, through its close links with the European and UK Government authorities and years of training.  Our consultancy service is offered in many forms, depending on a company's individual requirements:

  • Annual EU advice retainer that gives you the flexibility to ask and receive EU advice as and when required. A number of our client have taken up this route as it is an easy cost effective route to have an expert to hand.
  • Case by case for those larger contracts on an hourly basis at your offices or clients offices.
  • As part of the THEMiS service "Ask Achilles" function, you can ask your EU questions online. No limit to the number of question.


Documents & Links

THEMiS and Guidance Documents
Download PDF THEMiS - Your EU procurement toolkit   Download PDF Public Sector Guide   Download PDF Utilities Sector Guide
Download PDF EU Thresholds            


Download PDF EU UK Training Brochure   Download PDF EU Academy   Download PDF EU Training Application
and Calendar


Case Studies
Download PDF Electricity North West   Download PDF Mid Essex Hospital Trust   Download PDF NHS Chester
Download PDF Open EU Academy  
  Download PDF Origin Housing
  Download PDF 



Download PDF University of Ulster             

Meet the Experts

Dedicated team. Over 40 years of combined experience.

Liz Wilson-Lamb 

Liz commenced her career with Achilles as a utilities Account Manager. In this role she was the first point of contact for utility buyers subscribing to UVDB. Additionally Liz was required to deliver training to utility users on the use of the system in an EU compliant manner and provide guidance on any resultant queries. This role provided the both the foundation of Liz’s EU compliance knowledge in a practical arena and her interest in the subject.

Subsequently Liz embarked upon the role of EU Trainer and Advisor taking on responsibility for providing advisory and training services to initially the utilities sector and later the public sector. Liz also became responsible for providing EU support to Achilles internal customers in conjunction with her colleague Emily Strange. Liz specifically has experience of delivering the Achilles EU Academy along with day courses covering selection and award criteria, frameworks and completing compliant notices. Some of her time is also spent writing articles for the media and Achilles customer newsletters.

Liz has furthered her procurement knowledge through attending a number of CIPS training courses.

Katharine Pucci

Kate joined Achilles in July 2013 and has been working with the EU Services Team as an EU trainer and advisor. Kate works closely with organisations bound by the procurement regulations laid down by the European Union, delivering training seminars to those involved in the procurement and supply chain process. Kate aims to ensure that those she trains are equipped to make fully informed decisions regarding individual procurements. Kate has to date delivered a range of Achilles standard courses including an introduction to EU procurement, completing complaint notices, selection and award criteria and EU updates on the proposed directives.

Kate’s career before Achilles has involved a number of training and consultancy based roles in the private sector. These include her role as a training consultant for a global bank where Kate was responsible for taking new employee’s through a rigorous induction process which included training around a number of legally regulated processes. Kate also gained experience of developing and delivering bespoke training modules during her time as a head of training and consultancy.

Kate has obtained a number of professional qualifications in her own time. This includes a certificate in Further Education Training.

Debbie Metcalfe

Debbie joined the EU Services team at Achilles working as an EU Procurement Trainer and Advisor in 2013. The role requires Debbie to provide training, consultancy and advice to both public and utilities sector bodies. Debbie is responsible for delivering a wide range of both standardised and bespoke training courses with her achievements to date including delivery of the Achilles EU academy, update programmes and consultancy services to a specific central government body.

Prior to starting at Achilles, Debbie worked within public sector procurement for 12 years. Her procurement career began as a buyer and has been based within the healthcare procurement sector. During her career, Debbie progressed from a Buyer to Category Lead Specialist and Senior Category Manager. Debbie has worked for a number of organisations where huge savings have been made for public sector bodies and had a role in developing, leading and managing strategic sourcing programmes within these organisations. Some of Debbie’s key achievements surrounded the establishment of large and highly complex framework agreements.

Debbie is a qualified Prince2 Project management practitioner, holds a Masters degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (MSc) and is a full member of CIPS having achieved this via the examination route. Debbie has also successfully achieved her LLM Masters degree in Public Procurement Law and Strategy at the University of Nottingham. Having also undertaken a number of procurement and contract management specific training courses, Debbie additionally holds a City & Guilds in Delivering Adult Learning.

Emily Strange 

Emily has worked at Achilles for over 2 years having started her career as a Customer Data Controller working specifically on Link-up . During this time, Emily gained valuable experience and exposure to the workings of the qualification systems Achilles operates.

Subsequent to this, Emily joined the EU Services team and began delivering training and providing advice to procurement professionals in both the public and utilities sectors. She was responsible for delivering a variety of courses including introductions to the EU regulations, managing challenges workshops, completing compliant notices and selected modules of the EU Academy. Alongside this, Emily began to take on the responsibility for managing the questions asked via the ‘Ask Achilles’ functionality of THEMiS. In this role Emily gained practical knowledge of the regulations in practice and the challenges faced by procurement professionals day to day.

Emily currently works as the Product Manager for THEMiS, Achilles online EU procurement advice tool. She still manages responsibility for queries sent via Ask Achilles but has also taken on the development of the product more generally. This includes ensuring that the information within THEMiS is accurate. Another key role Emily plays is in ensuring the compatibility and compliance of the system with the Commission requirements of e-senders.

Prior to her time at Achilles, Emily studied Law with Politics at the University of Manchester pursuing a qualifying law degree route.

Susie Smith 

Susie has worked in both private practice and local government as a commercial solicitor specialising in tendering and procurement. She advises a wide range of public and private sector clients in the UK and further afield on commercial contracting and related public law and procurement issues. Recent work has included advising private sector, voluntary sector, education and health clients, including central government departments, on the scoping and implementation of public procurement processes including the establishment and operation of frameworks, use of social and environmental criteria, practical use of the competitive dialogue procedure and central purchasing bodies.

Susie is a highly experienced trainer on the legal and practical issues relating to procurement, a member of the editorial board of the Public Procurement Law Review, committee member of the Procurement Lawyers' Association and is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham

Professor Sue Arrowsmith 

Sue Arrowsmith is Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, where she is also Director of the Public Procurement Research Group and of the postgraduate Executive programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy (LLM/Diploma/Certificate).

Her publications have been extensively cited by courts and legislators around the world. Authored books include The Law of Public and Utilities Procurement (2nd ed 2005); (with J. Linarelli and D. Wallace Jr) Regulating Public Procurement; National and International perspectives (2000); and Government Procurement in the WTO (Kluwer, 2003). Recent edited collections include (with Peter Kunzlik) Social and Environmental Policies in EC Procurement Law: New Directive and New Directions (2009; CUP); (with R. D. Anderson), The WTO Regime on Government Procurement: Challenge and Reform (CUP, 2011); (with S.Treumer) Competitive Dialogue in EU Procurement Law (2012, CUP); and (with Geo Quinot), Public Procurement Regulation in Africa (CUP, 2013).

In 1992 she launched the first international academic procurement journal, Public Procurement Law Review, and has edited the Review for more than 20 years.

In 2007 she was awarded the CIPS Swinbank Medal for thought innovation in purchasing and supply. She has taught university modules on procurement since 1995 and was Project Leader of the recent EU-funded project for developing a global academic network on procurement regulation, which included setting up the global Procurement Law Academic Network (

She is currently a member of the UNCITRAL Procurement Experts Group and the World Bank International Advisory Group on Procurement. She was previously a member for over 20 years of the European Commission’s independent Advisory Committee on procurement, and has been consultant for, inter alia, the UK government, UN, WTO, European Commission, OECD, EU, European Central Bank, and ILO.

She is also Director of the series of conferences Public Procurement: Global Revolution, the next (seventh) of which will be held in Nottingham in June 2015.

Steve Kay (MCIPS)

Steve is a qualified, experienced and versatile purchasing and supply professional with particular expert knowledge of EU public procurement legislation. Steve presently works as a consultant for Achilles and is primarily assisting in the updating and development of THEMiS content. Steve also utilises his knowledge to assist with the provision of advisory services to THEMiS customers via ‘Ask Achilles’.

Steve has worked both as a procurement professional and trainer of procurement best practice and knowledge over the years. Steve’s roles as a procurement professional include the roles of senior procurement officer for a local authority and contracts manager for a regulated healthcare authority. In these roles he was responsible for conducting procurement exercises covered by the EU procurement rules. Steve also both arranged and utilised frameworks in his roles.

Training and consulting on issues surrounding EU procurement legislation have also been a large part of Steve’s career path. Having been associated with Achilles for a number of years Steve has assisted in the development of Achilles materials as well as having delivered a number of their training seminars.

Steve is MCIPS qualified and is presently studying Public Procurement Law at the University of Nottingham.

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