NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2017 Product code: L07101-UK

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NEC3 to NEC4: From Partnership to Collaboration

Please email Cheryl Waterman if you have any further queries about this event. 

Our next NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar will take place in London on the 22 June 2017. This year the event will be held at the iconic County Hall, overlooking Westminster and the River Thames.

We'll be presenting and discussing the new NEC4 suite at the seminar. NEC4 contracts' drafters and experts will cover in detail the new suite for the first time. During the afternoon session, you'll also get the chance to join the first practical NEC4 workshops.

Attendees of this event will receive a free copy of the new NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC).

The NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar is always the biggest event in the NEC calendar, bringing together our international community of users. The seminar is an opportunity for NEC users to share best practice, get the latest insights from case studies, and network with fellow users and solutions providers. 

The seminar will gather NEC experts from across industry and government to discuss the latest updates and developments in NEC contracts and how you can ensure smoother project management and greater collaboration.

Dr David Hancock, Construction Director for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority at the Cabinet Office, will be speaking at this event, bringing an exclusive first-hand government perspective on NEC Contracts.

The event will open with an unveiling of NEC4 delivered by ICE President Tim Broyd and NEC Users’ Group President Rudi Klein and will feature key speakers from the NEC4 Contract Board such as Peter Higgins and Steve Rowsell, discussing the new suite of contracts in detail.

Designed to promote discussion and engagement, our interactive panel sessions will enable you to get involved and share experiences of using the contracts. In addition, a series of workshops will allow attendees to improve their practical knowledge of the NEC Contracts.

The seminar will conclude with the NEC ‘Clause 10.1’ awards, celebrating how users’ have successfully delivered NEC projects using the spirit of mutual trust and cooperation, as encouraged by NEC Contracts. Our awards recognise success, rewarding achievements for clients and contractors at project and personal levels.

Why attend?
  • Get valuable insight into the new NEC4 suite of contracts 
  • Network with the NEC4 Contract Board and NEC4 drafters
  • Enrich your knowledge of the progress, challenges and developments for NEC with key speakers from across the industry and government agencies
  • Learn about the successful application of NEC across large-scale public and private projects across the world
  • Be clear on how the application of NEC to your projects will ensure smoother project management and greater collaboration between parties
  • Take part in the breakout sessions which provide practical learning from NEC experts
  • Get involved in the interactive panel session designed to promote discussion and allow users to share experiences with the contracts
  • Network and strengthen working relationships with delegates at the cocktail reception which concludes the event at the prestigious five star venue
Are you an NEC Users’ Group member?

Please note, due to anticipated demand levels, there will be limited free places at this year’s seminar, including NEC Users’ Group Members complimentary seats.

Login into your MyNEC and attach your membership details to obtain your free space(s). If you forget to do so, the purchase will complete without your User Group benefits and we might be unable to rectify it.
For more information contact Cheryl Waterman NEC Users’ Group and Events Coordinator on or +44 (0) 207 665 2445.

NEC3 to NEC4: From Partnership to Collaboration

08:00 Registration and breakfast 
09:00 Presidential opening address and unveiling of NEC4
  tim-broyd.jpg Tim Broyd
ICE President
rudi-klein-1.JPG Rudi Klein
NEC Users' Group President
09:20 Government Perspective on NEC Contracts
  Dr David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Cabinet Office
09:40 Industry Perspective on NEC Contracts
  Peter Barclay
Midlands Highway Alliance Manager
10:00 NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC)
  Ian-Eaphy.jpg Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board member
10:20 NEC4 Design, Build and Operate Contract (DBO): a solutions based contract
  peter-higgins.jpg Peter Higgins
Chair of the NEC4 Contract Board
10:40 Speakers' panel session
11:00 Morning refreshment break and networking
11:30 Chair's Address
  Beth-West.jpg Beth West
NEC Users' Group Chair
11:50 Legal Perspective on NEC Contracts
  john-hughes-daeth-std.png John Hughes D'aeth
NEC4 Contract Board and Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner
12:10 NEC3 to NEC4: key changes for flexibility and Tier 2 Subcontractors 
  Matthewgarrat.jpg Matthew Garratt
New Contract Board member and Commercial Director at Costain
12:30 NEC4 Early Adopters
  Steve-Roswell.jpg Steve Rowsell
NEC4 Contract Board, CIHT President 2016-17 (Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation)
12:40 Speakers' panel session
13:00 Lunch and networking 
14:00 Workshops
  NEC4 ECC: Key changes affecting the management of the contract

Richard Patterson
NEC4 drafter

Stuart Kings
NEC4 drafter

Tim Knee-Robinson
NEC4 drafter 
Introducing the NEC4 Design Build and Operate Contract (DBO)

Ross Hayes
NEC4 drafter

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Barry Trebes
NEC4 drafter
NEC4: evolution of the service contracts

Ben Walker
NEC4 drafter
Dispute Resolutions processes under NEC4

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Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board
16:00 Afternoon refreshment break and networking
16:30 NEC Clause 10.1 Awards
  • Project of the Year
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Client of the  Year
  • Contract innovation through additional clauses
  • Accreditation Awards:
    • TSC Service Manager Accreditation
    • ECC Supervisor Accreditation
    • ECC Project Manager Accreditation

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16:50 NEC Users' Group President Closing Address
17:00 Cocktail Reception
Dr David Hancock, Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority Cabinet Office
Dr David Hancock is Head of Construction for the Government Construction Team, having joined the Cabinet office in Autumn 2014.
Prior to this, David was Head of Risk for Transport for London with responsibility for the risk and project services across their £15 billion capital portfolio including; the underground, rail, and surface (roads, buses and river services).
He has worked with the public, private and voluntary sectors and has been the Director of risk and assurance for two London Mayors and Executive Director for Halcrow (now CH2MHill). He was responsible for creating and delivering the risk management system for the successful £4.3bn Terminal 5 Project at Heathrow, working with BA, BAA and their supply chain, which is considered industry leading in project delivery.
Peter Barclay, Midlands Highway Alliance Manager
Peter was appointed Midlands Highway Alliance Manager by Leicestershire County Council in October 2009.
A graduate of UMIST, Peter began his career with the Road Service in Northern Ireland in 1977, before moving to Nottinghamshire County Council, where he ultimately became Highway Design Manager.
Peter managed the Trunk Road Agency for Nottinghamshire and was heavily involved in the PLaN consortium who, in a unique private/public partnership with consultant Parkman, and Leicestershire County Council, won the Highway Agency Area 7 commission in the late 1990’s. It was then he first came across the NEC, using the Highways Agency managed works framework. He has also been responsible for the delivery of a wide range of projects, including the £34 million Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route using NEC EEC Option D. He subsequently acted as Highway Coordinator for the Nottingham Tram project, for both Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Council.
During his time at the Midlands Highway Alliance, Peter has overseen the development of two ‘Medium Schemes Frameworks’ the most recent of these launching in June 2015 for works up to £25 million in value, and a Professional
Services’ framework to provide consultancy services on behalf of the 21 member authorities of the Alliance.
Peter Higgins, NEC4 Contract Board Chair and Director at pdConsult
peter-higgins.jpg Peter Higgins is a director of pdConsult. Before starting pdConsult in 2000, he was responsible for the worldwide civil engineering work of a major UK consultancy. He has a background in civil engineering, building and landscape. 
Peter Higgins was Chairman of the New Engineering Contract Panel for the Institution of Civil Engineers and now sits on their New Contract Board. He has been involved in the development and implementation of NEC contracts since the initial preparation of these contract forms, and has provided advice and training to many contract users. Peter was a council member and subsequently was awarded honorary membership of the Society of Construction Law, and has served as a branch chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and as chairman of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel.
Ian Heaphy, NEC4 Contract Board
Ian-Eaphy.jpg Ian has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including aviation, oil & gas, rail, water, highways and building. He has worked with clients across the UK, Middle East, Far East and North America including government bodies, private employers and international contractors. He specialises in the development and implementation of innovative procurement strategies with particular expertise around EPC and target cost / cost reimbursable contracts for major programmes or work. Ian is experienced in most major forms of contract and is a recognised authority on the NEC suite of contract. Ian has worked with the NEC in the development and growth of the contract and has supported numerous, government departments, major clients and international contractors to deliver the benefits of the NEC.
Rudi Klein, NEC Users' Group President
rudi-klein.JPG Rudi Klein is Chief Executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group.
He was nominated as construction personality of the year in the 2004 Building Awards. He was listed in Contract Journal’s construction industry top 30 “power players” in 2006, 2007 and again, in 2008.
Rudi has given advice to both the New Zealand and Singaporean Governments in the development of their respective construction contracts legislation. He has worked with Senator Quinn in the Irish Senate on the drafting of the Construction Contracts Bill which was enacted in 2013. He was a member of a European Commission working party drafting a harmonised code of contract law for the European Union.
He was appointed chairman of the NEC Users’ Group in 2006 and is currently President of the Group. He has written articles on the NEC contract and spoken at international conferences on the subject.
Beth West, NEC Users' Group Chair
Beth-West.jpg Beth recently left HS2 Ltd after 4 ½ years as Commercial Director. At HS2, Beth was responsible for commercial strategy, procurement, supplier management, land and property acquisitions and management, regeneration and economic analysis.
Prior to joining HS2 Ltd, Beth spent nine years at Transport for London (TfL). Beth joined TfL in 2003 and held a number of roles: firstly as a Principal in the Corporate Finance team, secondly as the Head of Commercial Advisory and Risk at London Underground, providing commercial advice and strategy. Beth then became Head of Commercial Procurement at London Underground and was responsible for delivering improved commercial capability for the business and later was Commercial Director at Tube Lines where she was responsible for procurement, risk management, assurance and business planning and controls.
Beth will be joining Landsec in October 2017 as Head of Development for the London portfolio.
John Hughes D'aeth, NEC4 Contract Board and Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner
john-hughes-daeth-std-1.png John is the head of the commercial team within the firm’s Engineering, Construction and Procurement group. He specialises in commercial construction matters, primarily procurement advice and the drafting and negotiation of construction documentation on behalf of developers, institutions and public bodies.
John is recognised in ChambersUK and Legal 500 as a leader in his field. His articles appear regularly in the legal and trade press and he is a regular conference speaker. John is a member of the City of London Law Society’s Construction Law Practice Committee.
Matthew Garratt, New Contract Board Member and Commercial Director at Costain
Matthewgarrat.jpg Matthew is Commercial Director for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project for Costain. He is a chartered surveyor and a qualified arbitrator
Matthew’s experience includes a range of engineering projects across the UK, he specialises in commercial strategy and dispute avoidance,
and providing advice on NEC3.
He is an NEC board member and an NEC4 drafter.
Steve Rowsell, NEC4 Contract Board and President of Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
Steve-Roswell-1.jpg Steve Rowsell is a well-known figure in the construction industry and has about 40 years’ experience in major project delivery in the transport sector. This includes senior roles at the Highways Agency and Crossrail Limited, and procurement related expert witness work.
Steve is a chartered Civil Engineer and worked for the Highways Agency for over 30 years before leaving them in 2007 to set up the procurement consultancy Rowsell Wright Limited.
Rowsell served as interim head of procurement on the Crossrail project from 2007 to 2010.
Steve has been Chairman of the NEC3 Users Group for five years until he handed over the role to Beth West. Steve is a member of the NEC Board and is also President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and transportation.
Ben Walker, NEC4 drafter and CEO at CEMAR
Ben-Walker-1.jpg Ben has 16 years’ experience working within the construction industry on a variety of construction and maintenance contracts. In 2005 Ben founded the cloud-based CEMAR system, currently administering over £50 billion of the UK’s strategic infrastructure programmes.
Ben is an NEC4 drafter and consultant. He has lectured extensively on NEC since 2008 as a tutor for Thomas Telford Limited. Since 2012 Ben has worked as an examiner for the ICE Law and Contracts Management Examinations.  Ben has a degree in civil engineering and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Ross Hayes, NEC4 drafter & Consultant and Project Manager at Anthony Collins Solicitors
rossHayes.jpg Ross is a consultant with Anthony Collins Solicitors. He advises clients, particularly in the public and housing sectors, on contract procurement and strategy and more specifically on the development of their NEC contracts
Ross is also a tutor with Thomas Telford on the NEC contracts. He has been involved in the development of most of the recent contracts in the NEC suite and also co-authored most of the flowcharts. He has particular experience of the Term Service Contract having worked to develop one of the first TSC contracts using the early consultative version and has subsequently advised on its use throughout the housing, energy and highways sectors.
He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a member of the Association for Project Management.
Richard Patterson, NEC4 drafter and Procurement & NEC Specialist at Mott MacDonald
RichardPatterson.jpg Richard is a chartered civil engineer and procurement and NEC specialist with global development, engineering and management consultant, Mott MacDonald.
Richard advised on possibly Mott’s first use of the NEC when he moved to their procurement team in 1996 and has worked with the NEC ever since. He supports Motts teams and their clients in all sectors from the Halley VI research station on the Antarctic, Transnet in South Africa, the Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai. In Hong Kong, he has supported the Mott MacDonald’s Hong Kong team on its commissions advising various departments of the Government of Hong Kong on their trial projects using NEC. 
Richard has had NEC papers published in ICE’s Proceedings and sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the ICE’s journal, Management, Procurement and Law. 
Stuart Kings, NEC4 drafter and Managing Director at Docte Consulting
StuartKings.jpg Stuart provides training and consultancy throughout the world on NEC3 and has authored numerous articles. He gained his doctorate in improving the effectiveness of tender documentation.
Through work in all industry sectors he has gained a detailed practical knowledge of the NEC3 suite of contracts and the ingredients to successful project delivery.
He has also developed the NEC3 ECC Accredited Project Manager programme for the NEC.
Tim Knee-Robinson, NEC4 drafter and Managing Director at TKR Consultancy Ltd
Tim-Knee-Robinson.jpg Tim is a chartered civil engineer and NEC specialist with over 20 years of project experience across a wide range of sectors including civil engineering, highway infrastructure, waste water, energy and building. 
He has over 13 years of experience successfully delivering NEC procured projects. This includes acting as Project Manager / Supervisor and providing NEC consultancy services and training on numerous projects in the UK and Hong Kong. Tim has also delivered over 250 training courses on numerous projects in the UK and Hong Kong.
Tim was the NEC Adviser on Hong Kong Government’s first NEC pilot project. 
Tim has extensive experience of preparing NEC contracts including developing a Works Information structure which formed the basis of all the contracts used on the 2012 Olympics.
Barry Trebes, NEC4 drafter and Director at Trebes Consultancy Limited
Barry Trebes is an NEC Tutor and Director of his own consultancy Trebes Consultancy Ltd. Since 1985, his experience has ranged across a wide variety of projects including airport, rail, water, power and commercial developments and includes, most notably, the Stansted Airport development, the Heathrow Express Rail Link, CTRL, East London Line and a number of PFI/PPP contracts including the LUL PPP Contract. His first encounter with the NEC was in 1992 as senior commercial manager on the Heathrow Express Rail Link project working as a consultant for BAA plc (the earliest major user of NEC).
Barry’s immense experience of NEC projects has led to him providing training and mentoring to clients, contractors and professional organisations throughout the industry. As Managing Director of Needlemans he initiated in 1998 the first ever web system named Contract Change Management (CCM) for the management of NEC contracts with MPS Limited. Barry has facilitated Nec training since 1996and is a tutor for Thomas Telford Limited, the owners and publishers of the NEC family of contracts. Barry delivers training and workshops including bespoke workshops to a broad range of clients in the UK and overseas.
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Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald has been working with the NEC family of contracts since they were first introduced in the 1990s. Our projects in Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK spans all sectors, and encompasses engineer-construct, term- and professional services. Our specialist team, led by Richard Patterson, can provide advice, training or information. Get in touch:
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Pinsent Masons
Pinsent Masons' team of NEC specialists have more experience of these contracts than any other law firm and therefore unrivalled expertise in advising on the NEC suite of contracts.  We provide our clients with a complete service, enabling them to use the NEC forms with confidence, making contracts work for them and avoiding potential pit-falls.
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