NEC Annual Conference 2023

NEC Annual Conference 2023

NEC is excited to announce our annual conference will take place on 13 July. Delegates will also have the option to attend virtually.

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Celebrating 30 years of NEC

Booking has now closed for the 2023 NEC Annual Conference on 13th July.

This year's high-profile international event will be a celebration of 30 years of NEC, featuring presentations showcasing key case studies, whilst also looking ahead to the future. It will be held at the historic One Great George Street. Users also have the option to attend virtually.

As always, Users' Group Members can benefit from discounted and free tickets. Find out more on the benefits of the Users' Group here

There will be many opportunities during and after the event to network with leading NEC clients, project managers, contractors, consultants and suppliers from around the world. If you use - or are considering using - NEC, you cannot afford to miss this unique event.

If you're interested in submitting a case study for the conference, please get in touch.

Take a look at last year's highlights:

Martin Barnes Awards 2023

The awards will be presented in a separate evening ceremony, also at One Great George Street from 7pm onwards. For more information on how to submit an application for an award click here. To book a space for the Martin Barnes Awards, please click here.

Morning session
  • 08:00

  • 09:00
    Opening Remarks
    Janet Young logo

    Janet Young
    Director General and Secretary, Institution of Civil Engineers

  • 09:05
    Keynote Presentation
    Ir Ricky Lau logo

    Ir Ricky Lau
    Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • 09:30
    The updated Construction Playbook and what it means to NEC
    • The new areas addressed in the updated version published in September 2022
    • How NEC complies with and achieves the aims of the playbook
    • A review of some of the new Guidance Notes published with the Playbook
    Hadleigh Standen logo

    Hadleigh Standen
    Deputy Director, Strategic Partnering Programme, Cabinet Office

    Shy Jackson logo

    Shy Jackson
    Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

  • 09:50
    NEC: Updates and Developments
    • NEC developments for international and cross-industry application 
    • NEC & Project 13: supporting frameworks and alliance arrangements
    • Review of Jan 2023 amendments 
    Dale Evans logo

    Dale Evans
    Member, NEC4 Contract Board

    Ian Heaphy logo

    Ian Heaphy
    NEC4 Contract Board and Director, IN Construction Consulting

  • 10:10
    NEC Case Study - Sellafield
    • £7 billion, 20-year decommissioning programme at Europe’s largest nuclear site
    • Runner up in the 2022 NEC Contract Innovation of the Year Award
    Richard Lennard logo

    Richard Lennard
    Head of Client, Projects, Sellafield Ltd

  • 10:30
    Audience Q&A

  • 10:50
    Morning refreshments and networking

  • 11:20
    NEC in Australia (recording)
    • Collaborative contracting in Australia  
    • Broad market shift and requirement 
    Peter Colacino logo

    Peter Colacino
    Infrastructure policy and strategy, Avista Strategy

  • 11:35
    NEC in South Africa: an update
    • NEC journey in South Africa
    • Driving collaboration and innovation 
    • Looking to the future

    Andrew Baird
    Founder, ECS Associates

    Mile Sofijanic
    Managing Director, ECS Associates

  • 11:50
    NEC Case Study - SKA Observatory
    • The world’s largest radio telescope observatory
    • 70-plus NEC4 contracts allocated
    Soraya Karlie logo

    Soraya Karlie
    Senior Contract Specialist, SKA Observatory

  • 12:10
    Audience Q&A

  • 12:30
    Lunch and networking

Afternoon session
  • 13:30
    Workshop 1: Information Management of NEC DBO Contract
    • Practical aspects of information management and common data environment in DBOC projects
    • Proper handling of project information from planning to operation 
    • Review and discussion of recent NEC examples
    • Information management by ChatGPT, or the like, for semantic search of Contract Data and records 

    Sponsored by: dRoW
    Nicholas Lee logo

    Nicholas Lee
    Chief Technology Officer, dRoW

    CK Ng logo

    CK Ng
    CEO, dRoW

  • 13:30
    Workshop 2: NEC and use of retention funds
    • Industry use of retentions
    • Purpose of retentions and potential pitfalls
    • Retentions and defects under NEC
    • Need for retentions and alternatives
    Sponsored by: Causeway Technologies 
    Peter Higgins logo

    Peter Higgins
    Chair, NEC4 Contract Board

    Steve Bratt logo

    Steve Bratt
    Group Chief Executive Officer, ECA

    Claire King logo

    Claire King
    Partner, Fenwick Elliott LLP

    Andrew Croft logo

    Andrew Croft
    Partner, Beale Law

  • 13:30
    Workshop 3: Mock Dispute Avoidance Board
    • Presenters will play Senior Representatives and W3 Dispute Avoidance Board members
    • A  pre-prepared scenario will be explained and conducted during session
    • Delegates will be invited to contribute and participate in the workshop and submit feedback
    Sponsored by: Digital Beehive
    Diane Dickson logo

    Diane Dickson
    Senior Quantity Surveyor & Doctoral Researcher, Schneider Electric

    Veronica Flint-Williams  logo

    Veronica Flint-Williams
    Commercial Assurance and Framework Management team, Environment Agency

    Robert Gerrard logo

    Robert Gerrard
    Secretary, NEC Users' Group

    Shy Jackson logo

    Shy Jackson
    Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

    Alec Kowalski logo

    Alec Kowalski
    NEC Project Manager, Mott MacDonald

  • 13:30
    Workshop 4: Practical tips when subcontracting with NEC
    • Subcontracts 101: The Methodology of preparing NEC subcontracts
    • Show me the Money: Drafting Payment terms in NEC Subcontracts
    • The Perils of Disallowed Costs: Common subcontract costs issues 
    Sponsored by Thinkproject
    Tim Watkins logo

    Tim Watkins
    Associate Director, Gleeds Energy Limited

    Richard Parker logo

    Richard Parker
    Director, Gleeds Energy Limited

    Charles Blamire-Brown logo

    Charles Blamire-Brown
    Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Laura Tetlow logo

    Laura Tetlow
    Legal Director, Pinsent Masons

    Anne-Marie Friel logo

    Anne-Marie Friel
    Partner, Pinsent Masons

  • 15:00
    Afternoon refreshments and networking

  • 15:30
    What does the future of collaborative contracting look like?
    Speaker Panel Discussion
    Chair: John Welch
    Trevor Govender logo

    Trevor Govender
    MD, Pangea Professional Services

    Veronica Flint-Williams  logo

    Veronica Flint-Williams
    Commercial Assurance and Framework Management team, Environment Agency

    Hadleigh Standen logo

    Hadleigh Standen
    Deputy Director, Strategic Partnering Programme, Cabinet Office

    Peter Higgins logo

    Peter Higgins
    Chair, NEC4 Contract Board

  • 15:50
    Closing remarks

  • 16:00

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Pinset Masons

For over 40 years Pinsent Masons has been recognised as the world’s leading law firm for construction, energy and infrastructure projects. With over 100 Partners and nearly 450 Lawyers globally specialising in this area, the depth and breadth of our expertise and experience are unrivalled. We have been named “Global Construction Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal for 15 consecutive years.

Our practice spans the globe from Asia-Pacific to Europe, the Middle East and Africa and covers the full lifecycle of projects from set‑up and risk management during delivery to dispute avoidance and resolution. We act for all of the top 20 largest contractors in the world, as well as governments, sponsors, funders and investors on iconic projects that set the benchmark in terms of profile, scale, complexity and risk.

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dRoW is an integrated, secure, and customisable platform capable of handling NEC, EDMS, DWSS, Quality Assurance Systems, Safety Management Systems, and BIM Document Repositories. dRoW is popular in public works and private projects, catering the needs for not just clients, consultants and contractors, but also sub-consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers.

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Causeway Technologies

Causeway Technologies was founded in 1999 by Phil Brown. Headquartered in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom, it serves over 3,000 customers and has over 500 employees. Causeway provides enterprise and cloud software solutions to support the construction and maintenance industry, serving consultants, contractors, suppliers and their clients.

Causeway Commercial Management allows customers to accurately monitor progress and maximise performance across the lifecycle of complex, long-term infrastructure projects. As a result, all business stakeholders have real-time visibility of data, in a single view and can quickly identify and eliminate potential risks to on-time, in-budget completion.

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