NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2018 Product code: L07101-UK

Jun 20 th

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NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2018 

The annual seminar is always the biggest event in the NEC calendar, gathering NEC users from all over the world to network and discuss best practice. This year we'll also be celebrating NEC's 25th anniversary.

This year we brought together an outstanding programme of expert speakers from across industry and Government, to include opening remarks by Dr David Hancock, Construction Director for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Cabinet Office and NEC Users’ Group Chair, a talk from David Ferrousatt, Development Procurement Director at Heathrow Airport, and Kevin Murray, Deputy Director, Crown Commercial Service (CCS).

The keynote address will be delivered by Lord Adonis, Labour peer and previous Chair of the National Infrastructure Committee, where finding a better approach to delivering high-performing infrastructure across the UK will take centre stage.

The seminar will also mark the launch of the NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC). Ian Heaphy, from the NEC4 Contract Board and ALC drafter, will introduce the new contract and explain when and why users should use this contract.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to choose between a variety of practical workshop sessions.

As usual, we will announce the winners of the NEC Awards 2018 at the annual seminar
See below the highlights of the NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2017: 

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08:00 Registration
09:00 Opening Remarks
  Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure Projects Authority & NEC Users’ Group Chair
  • NEC Users’ Group Update
  • How NEC ethos is becoming best practice in industry
  • NEC and opportunities ahead
09:10 Keynote Address
  Lord Adonis
  • Priorities for national infrastructure
  • Building a digital society
  • Achieving success through collaboration
09:30 Amendments to Standard Forms of Contracts – Cure or Curse?
  Kevin Murray
Deputy Director, Crown Commercial Service
  • Findings from the review of contract amendments by central government departments and wider public sector clients
  • The impact of contract amendments
  • How Crown Commercial Service will deal with contract amendments in their new commercial agreements
  katie-1.jpg Katie Rhodes
Category Manager, Construction Strategy, Crown Commercial Service
09:50 How NEC has helped shape Heathrow’s contracting journey
  David Ferroussat
Development Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport Limited
  • Heathrow’s Contracting Journey
  • Collaboration and Leadership
  • Case studies – Terminal 5 and Terminal 2
10:10 Panel Session
10:30 Morning break: refreshments and netwoking
11:00 Early adopter of NEC4
  Ian-Arbuckle-DFO.jpg Ian Arbuckle
Assist Head Commercial, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
  • NEC model supporting Clyde Infrastructure Programme
  • NEC supporting collaborative procurement and DIO Commercial Strategy
  • Benefits realised by NEC4
11:20 Advancing our Profession: Opportunities and Challenges in FM
  Linda Hausmanis Linda Hausmanis
  • MoU signed between NEC & BIFM
  • Opportunities and challenges faced by FM sector
  • Choosing the right procurement strategy
11:40 Project 13 & the role of NEC4 in driving a new model for industry 
  Emma-Jane Houghton
Associate Director, KPMG
  • Project 13 overview & context
  • A programme for change
  • The industry ask
  • NEC4 Alliance contract; the potential role in Project 13
  Hannah Vickers
Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
12:00 Introducing the NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC)
  Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board
  • NEC approach to alliancing
  • When and why to use the Alliance Contract
  • Why Yorkshire Water is adopting Alliance
  Donna Kingett
AMP7 Contract Strategy Manager, Yorkshire Water Services
12:40 Panel Session
13:00 Lunch & network break
14:00 Workshops
Choose one from the sessions below:
1. Managing risk and liability under the NEC4 ECC

David Hunter & Patrick Waterhouse, NEC Consultants
  • Overview of how the NEC4 ECC allocates risk/liability (picking up differences between ECC3 and ECC4)
  • Main and Secondary Options
  • Core clause 8
  • Compensation events
  • Contract Data: additional Client liabilities and additional compensation events
2. Information Modelling and Modular Construction
Ian Heaphy, NEC Consultant & David Hancock, IPA
  • What is Information Modelling and what are its benefits
  • NEC4 approach to Information Modelling - secondary Option X10 Information Model
  • How to use X10 and the new CIC BIM Protocol
  • Tips on the use of X10
  • The benefits off offsite modular construction and how to deliver these
  • How NEC4 contracts support offsite modular construction

3. NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC)
Ross HayesRobert Gerrard, NEC4 drafters 

  • What alliancing means in the NEC
  • The main players in the contract and their relationship to each other – who are they and what do they do?
  • The key documents in the contract – what’s new?
  • Setting the contract strategy
  • Similarities with other NEC contracts
  • Where the ALC is different
15:30 Afternoon break: refreshments and networking
16:00 NEC Awards
16:30 Closing remarks
  Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure Projects Authority & NEC Users’ Group Chair
16:40 Cocktail Reception
Dr David Hancock, NEC Users' Group Chair & Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority Cabinet Office
Dr David Hancock leads the Government Construction Team and chairs the Government Construction Board for the Cabinet Office and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). Prior to that he was Head of Risk for Transport for London. 
He has worked with the public, private and voluntary sectors and has been the Director of risk and assurance for two London Mayors and Board Director of Halcrow (now CH2M) responsible for setting up their consultancy group. He was Head of Risk for the Terminal 5 Project at Heathrow and champions the case for rethinking project management as a social interaction rather than delivery solely through the application of process and policy. 
He is a high-risk project reviewer and sits on the boards for Buckingham Palace refurbishment and the British Antarctic Survey. 
Lord Adonis
Andrew Adonis is a Labour peer. He was the Secretary of State for Transport under Gordon Brown and an education minister before that. He was Chair of the National Infrastructure Committee from October 2015 until late 2017, when he resigned in response to the Government’s handling of the East Coast railway crisis and Brexit.
Prior to his career in politics Andrew worked as a journalist at the Financial Times and the Observer and as an academic, completing a PhD in History at Oxford University.
David Ferroussat, Development Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport Limited
David has over 30 years experience in the construction industry with 25 of those years being at Heathrow, firstly as a consultant and since 2000 direct with Heathrow. David's role covers procurement and commercial leadership on all construction projects relating to Heathrow’s existing Infrastructure assets including runways, taxiways, car parks, roads, utilities, terminal buildings and all construction related consultancy services. David has more recently been working with the Airport Expansion team on the Contracting and Commercial strategy for the 3rd Runway.
Before that David led the HAL commercial team on the £2.5bn Terminal 2 Project and also led the project management team responsible for all the Business Critical Systems within the main terminal building. David has also been HAL’s Ombudsman and between 2002 and 2008 led the HAL Supply Chain Team on the £4.3bn Terminal 5 Project responsible for the commercial relationship with all the 1st tier suppliers.  David is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a Member of the Association for Project Management. David also sits on the Constructing Excellence Management Board as a client representative and co-chairs The Infrastructure Forum’s Procurement Working Group.
Ian Heaphy, NEC4 Contract Board
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 incentivisation, partnering, alliancing and target cost / cost reimbursable contracts for major projects and programmes of work.
Ian is a member of the NEC4 Contract Board has been directly involved in drafting and shaping the next generation of NEC contracts.
Ian regularly facilitates workshops and delivers training in contract forms and procurement & contract strategies. He also frequently speaks at industry events and has had numerous articles published in construction journals. In addition to his NEC and procurement work Ian also acts as adjudicator, dispute resolver and quantum Expert Witness.
Ian Arbuckle, Assist Head Commercial, Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Ian has 18 years’ experience in the Commercial Function. He has experience of managing various contracting models including; Major runway project in Afghanistan, Hard/Soft FM Prime Contracts (both UK and Overseas), Strategic Business Partnering arrangement to support DIO Senior Management in achieving £40bn savings across estate and Information Management Solution to support DIO Enhanced Operating Model. Currently Ian is responsible £1.3bn Clyde Infrastructure Programme and £400M Lossiemouth Development Programme.
Linda Hausmanis, CEO, BIFM
Linda joined BIFM in April 2007 and delivered the Institute’s Educational Strategy to become a regulated Awarding Organisation. Later she commissioned and used research involving key Facilities Management (FM) stakeholders, including employers, to design and develop professional vocational qualifications in Facilities Management, which are now accredited and delivered internationally.  After spearheading the development of Professional Standards for the FM profession which are now embedded by employers in the recruitment, development and management of professionals, Linda was appointed CEO in October 2016. She is presently leading BIFM through a transformational programme which in March 2018 saw the Institute announce its Manifesto for Change designed to reposition FM and make BIFM more valuable to the profession, the FM industry and the wider business community.
David Hunter, NEC Consultant
David specialises in the procurement and delivery of works and services using the NEC forms of contract. With over thirty years of experience, David has a proven record in delivering complex projects with multiple stakeholders in both the public and private sector.
David’s experience with the NEC suite of contracts extends over a fifteen-year period acting as Employer, NEC Project Manager and Contractor. In 2014 David was named ‘NEC Project Manager of the Year’ at the inaugural NEC awards.
As well as providing NEC3/4 consultancy services David delivers the ECC Project Manager and Supervisor Accreditation programmes for the NEC and provides training for in-house clients and public courses. He is an enthusiastic and engaging tutor who actively encourages and facilitates participation by delegates during training and workshop sessions.
Patrick Waterhouse, NEC Consultant
Patrick Waterhouse is a construction adjudicator and accredited mediator.  In addition to his dispute resolution work he advises parties on their obligations in NEC, JCT and PFI contracts.  He was a member of the team that created the NEC4 suite of contracts.  He delivers training on NEC and other forms of contract.  He is a member of the panels of adjudicators of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He is a chartered civil engineer, a fellow of the CIArb and the CInstCES.
Katie Rhodes, Category Manager, Construction Strategy, Crown Commercial Service
katie.jpg Katie joined the Civil Service Fast Stream in October 2017. The Fast Stream is an accelerated leadership programme consistently ranked in the top 5 of Times Top 100 graduate employers. She is employed by the Commercial stream, with Crown Commercial Service her first placement. As part of her placement she took over the management and delivery of the Z Clause Standardisation Project (now Amendments to Standard forms of Building Contracts), gaining endorsement from a cross departmental working group, the Government Construction Board, Infrastructure Pipeline Authority amongst other internal and external stakeholders.
Donna Kingett, AMP7 Contract Strategy Manager
More than 25 years in different roles across Yorkshire Water / Kelda Group, gives Donna a wealth of experience in the procurement and management of contractual agreements. The effective development, implementation and management of a range of operational and capital expenditure frameworks, land and estate outsourced services as well as rat baiting are all on her CV. Add in experience from customer service, environment, health & safety and assurance functions to give her a rounded view of the world of water. Renewable energy projects including the leading of two large energy from waste bids and energy generation programme formed the basis of her portfolio whilst in the non-regulated part of the Kelda Group.
Kevin Murray, Deputy Director, Crown Commercial Service
Kevin joined the Cabinet Office in 2015 is Construction Director at Crown Commercial Service.  From 2010 Kevin spent nearly five years at the MoJ as Head of Commercial and Contract Management – Property.  The majority of his career has been in the private sector since he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1987, primarily as a director at a top 20 project and cost Management consultancy and a director of a management consultancy.  He has supplemented his extensive construction experience by gaining a Masters in Construction Law.
Most of his work has been in the UK providing services to public and private sector organisations including RBS/NWB, General Electric, Scottish Power, Royal Mail, HM Prison Service and De Beers.  However, he has undertaken overseas assignments in Jamaica, South Africa, Algeria, Czech Republic and Poland. 
Hannah Vickers, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Institution of Civil Engineers 
Hannah leads the Policy and Public Affairs teams in the Institution of Civil Engineers. Her remit covers ICE’s policy development and engagement with government and industry alongside leading the ICE Thought Leadership programme.  She is a Civil Engineer by profession with experience in project, programme and portfolio management as both a client and contractor.
In her previous role with HMT she advised the HMT Ministers including Commercial Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer on infrastructure delivery policy. In addition she provided a consultancy service to Chief Executives and Senior Stakeholders initiating Major Projects, improving their value for money and delivery confidence.  This covered programmes across the infrastructure portfolio totalling over £200 bn including Crossrail 2, Geological Disposal Facility and redevelopment of the Olympic Park. She has also led international missions including training and advising the governments of Argentina, Indonesia, Egypt, Brazil and China in successful infrastructure planning and delivery.
She is recognised as a flood risk management expert having spent the early part of her career designing, appraising and delivering Flood Risk Management Programmes. She has recently completed leading a review of a major client’s commercial and delivery capability which resulted in the organisational transformation of their delivery arm. 
Ross Hayes, NEC consultant, drafter and trainer
Ross is an independent consultant and tutor specialising in the NEC contracts, particularly for Thomas Telford.  He is part of their NEC drafting team and was one of the drafters for the NEC4 suite.  He has recently been involved in the development of the new NEC Alliance Contract and regularly provides public and in-house training on NEC contracts.
Ross has extensive experience of the Term Service Contract, having put together one of the first TSC contracts using the early consultative version. He has subsequently advised on its strategy, development and use throughout the housing, energy, facilities management and highways sectors; particularly for the public sector with his previous employers, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.
Ross is a Chartered Civil Engineer.
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