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

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 NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar (Session)

NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar (Session)
£399.00 Platinum/Gold Users' Group Members £299.25
To register more delegates, or to be put on the waiting list, please call: +44(0)20 7665 2446 or email


We are pleased to announce our next NEC UK 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.

The NEC UK 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.

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?
  • Enrich your knowledge of the progress, challenges and developments for NEC3 with key speakers from across the industry and government agencies
  • Learn about the successful application of NEC3 across large-scale public and private projects across the world
  • Be clear on how the application of NEC3 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 John Donato 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
nick-baveystock-dg.jpg Nick Baveystock
ICE Director General
rudi-klein-1.JPG Rudi Klein
NEC Users' Group President
09:20 Government Perspective on NEC Contracts
09:40 Industry Perspective on NEC Contracts
10:00 NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC)
  peter-higgins.jpg Peter Higgins
Chair of the NEC4 Contract Board
10:20 NEC4 Design, Build and Operate Contract (DBO): a solutions based contract
  Ian-Eaphy.jpg Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board member and NEC Consultant 
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 and HS2 Commercial Director
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 Garrat
New Contract Board member and Commercial Director at Costain
12:30 NEC4 Early Adopters
  Steve-Roswell.jpg Steve Rowsell
NEC4 Contract Board
12:40 Speakers' panel session
13:10 Lunch and networking 
14:00 Workshops
  Effective programming to manage delivery, quality, cost and risk in NEC3 and where it has changed for NEC4

Ben Walker
NEC4 drafter and Director at CEMAR

Tim Knee-Robinson
NEC4 drafter and Managing Director at TKR Consultancy Ltd
Introducing the NEC4 Design, Build and Operate Contract (DBO)

Ross Hayes
NEC4 drafter and Consultant and Project Manager at Anthony Collins Solicitors
NEC4 – how definition and management of the risk profile has evolved under NEC4

Richard Patterson
NEC4 drafter and Procurement & NEC Specialist at Mott MacDonald

Stuart Kings
NEC4 drafter and Managing Director at Docte Consulting
NEC4 Dispute Resolution Service Contract (DRSC) and where it improves on the NEC3 Adjudicator’s Contract (AC)

Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board and NEC Consultant
16:00 Afternoon refreshment break and networking
16:30 NEC Clause 10.1 Awards
  • Large Project of the Year
  • Small Project of the Year
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Employer of the  Year
  • Contract innovation through additional clauses
  • Accreditation Awards:
    • TSC Service Manager Accreditation
    • ECC Supervisor Accreditation
    • ECC Project Manager Accreditation
16:50 President's Closing Address
17:00 Cocktail Reception
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 and NEC Consultant
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 and HS2 Commercial Director 
Beth-West.jpg Beth joined HS2 Ltd as Commercial Director in October 2012 and is 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 spent the first half of her career there working with Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts, firstly as a Principal in the Corporate Finance team and secondly as the Head of Commercial Advisory and Risk at London Underground, providing commercial advice and strategy. In 2009, Beth became Head of Commercial Procurement at London Underground and was responsible for delivering improved commercial capability for the business. In 2011, Beth became Commercial Director at Tube Lines where she was responsible for procurement, risk management, assurance and business planning and controls.
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 Garrat, New Contract Board Member and Commercial Director at Costain
Matthewgarrat.jpg Matthew is Commercial Director for the Costain group’s redevelopment project at London Bridge Station. 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 a former NEC panel member and he was also 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 Director at CEMAR
Ben-Walker.jpg Ben has 14 years’ experience working in the construction industry. He has performed various roles on a variety of construction and maintenance contracts. 
His main areas of expertise are contract strategy, risk, change and programme management.
Ben has lectured extensively on the NEC since 2008 as a tutor for Thomas Telford Limited, the owners and publishers of the NEC family of contracts. Ben delivers training and workshops including bespoke courses to a broad range of clients in the UK and overseas. He recently contributed to the drafting of the new national Highways Management Efficiency Programme contract, based on the NEC3 Term Services Contract
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.
Sponsoring the NEC UK Users’ Group Seminar 2017 will place your brand at the forefront of the NEC events calendar.

As our biggest event, the Seminar is an ideal opportunity for those wishing to reach a wide range of clients in the NEC community.

Contact the NEC team to guarantee your space!


1. Grow your business and generate new leads
2. Increase your brand awareness and get in front of your target market
3. Reengage with key customers, meet new ones and gain a valuable insight into their requirements
4. Align your brand with the suite of contracts endorsed by the British Government
5. Stand out from your competitors and gain a competitive edge
6. Benefit from the networking and discover new industry trends through discussion opportunities
7. Be a part of the biggest NEC contracts event in world

Contact us to find out more.
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 665 2445

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Belvedere Road

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