NEC Users' Group Seminar 2019 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 £359.10
To register more delegates, or to be put on the waiting list, please call: +44(0)20 7665 2446 or email

Event Sponsors

  • Build.IT
  • Built Environment Communications Group
  • Turner & Townsend
The next NEC Annual Users’ Group seminar takes place on Monday 17th June 2019 at the renowned One Great George Street; the iconic Grade II listed building and home to the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The flagship event looks to celebrate the successes of past NEC projects and the focus on future industry collaboration efforts. With an emphasis on key international projects to showcase progress, challenges and developments for NEC.
An opening address from NEC Users’ Group Chair, Dr. David Hancock, Construction Director at the Infrastructure Projects Authority will centre around how NEC is the public-sector contract of choice. This event will be celebrating how the NEC ethos of collaborative working is becoming best practice worldwide and feature projects, speakers and delegates from around the globe. There will also be an opportunity to get the real-life answers through the Interactive Q&A session.
Attend NEC expert lead practical application workshops alongside international delegates to deepen the understanding of day-to-day use of the contracts. Continue the conversation during breakout networking sessions and connect with global partners to form authentic and meaningful relationships.  Use the shared expertise of the NEC community to ensure projects run on time, on budget and with smoother contract management.
The seminar will conclude with case study presentations on key projects and the NEC awards, which celebrates projects and organisations in the UK and around the world which have demonstrated how the spirit of mutual trust and cooperation has successfully delivered their project to budget, on time and to standard.
The wide breadth of delegates from diverse backgrounds coming together to keep abreast of NEC developments, discuss best practices, and networking makes this the ideal gathering of the engineering community to learn, share and improve.

See below the highlights of the NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2018: 

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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 joining IPA he was Head of Risk for Transport for London. Renowned internationally as a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of risk, he is the author of the bestselling book “Tame, Messy and Wicked Risk Leadership” in which he developed the concept of Risk Leadership. 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 advisory boards for Buckingham Palace refurbishment, British Virgin Islands Redevelopment and the British Antarctic Survey. In autumn 2017 he was appointed as the NEC UK Users’ Group Chair.
Professor Rudi Klein, NEC Users' Group President & Chief Executive, SEC Group
Rudi Klein is Chief Executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group. He is a barrister specialising in construction law and President of the NEC Users’ Group. Rudi is acknowledged as the driving force behind the changes that have been introduced over the years to improve payment performance in the UK construction industry. These have included the Construction Act and project bank accounts. He helped draft the Construction Contracts Act in Ireland which was added to the Irish Statute Book in July 2013. He was a member of a European Commission working party drafting a harmonised code of contract law for the European Union. He is an Honorary Member of the Society of Construction Law and a Special Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. In 2015 the Technology and Construction Court Solicitors’ Association awarded him the Clare Edwards Award for his professional excellence and contribution in the field of construction law. In October 2016 Rudi was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by SELECT. Rudi was presented with the SNIPEF Merit Award 2016.
Lam Sai-hung, NEC Asia-Pacific Users' Group Chair Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Development Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
LAM Sai-hung Ir LAM Sai-hung was appointed the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) in October 2018.
Ir LAM graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong in 1983. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the China Hong Kong Railway Institution.
Ir LAM joined the Government as an Assistant Engineer in 1986. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 2009, to Government Engineer in 2012, and to Principal Government Engineer in 2014. He was the Project Manager of the Hong Kong Island and Islands Development Office in the Civil Engineering and Development Department from June 2015 to August 2016. He was the Director of Civil Engineering and Development from September 2016 to October 2018 before his appointment as the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works).
Ir Albert Cheng Ting Ning, Executive director, Construction Industry Council
Ir Albert Cheng is a seasoned construction professional with over 30 years’ experience in the planning, design, management and implementation of mega public works projects. Prior to joining the Construction Industry Council, Ir Cheng was the Head of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Project Management Office of the Highways Department and the Head of the New Territories East Development Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department. Ir Cheng is the Immediate Past President of the Hong Kong Institution of Highways and Transportation, currently a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Executive Director of the Construction Industry Council of Hong Kong.
Phil Bennett, Commercial Director, Digital Railway
Phil Bennett is the Commercial Director for the Digital Railway programme within Network Rail. Phil Bennett has been with Network Rail and its predecessors for 18 years and during this time has held a variety of senior commercial and programme management roles. He has been in his current role since December 2014 and has responsibility for establishing the commercial, procurement and supply chain engagement strategies and for leading the cost modelling for the cross industry Digital Railway programme. Phil has 30 years’ experience in the UK construction industry in a variety of business and market sectors and has a technical background as a qualified quantity surveyor.
Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott Mac Donald
Enzer-photo.jpg Mark Enzer is Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer. In this role, he is accountable to the Group Board for technical excellence globally, which he drives chiefly via Mott MacDonald’s internal professional networks. Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, platform-based delivery and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA).
Mark is currently the chair of the Digital Framework Task Group, which is part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain. Mark was the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations and he was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.
Jackie Roe, Deputy Programme Director, Tideway
Jackie Roe Jackie is Deputy Programme Director on Thames Tideway Tunnel, responsible for delivery of all infrastructure for the project. She joined Tideway in 2013 as Delivery Manager East, to bring a practical delivery perspective to the development of the Main Works Contracts, successfully leading the East team through procurement and into delivery as the Project Manager under the NEC3 Contract, before more recently moving into her current role. Prior to joining Tideway, Jackie was Programme Manager responsible for delivery of the utilities and landscaping and public realm sub-programmes, as well as Integration Manager, for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Delivery Programme, followed by time in Rio setting up Programme Management systems for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In her nearly 30 years in the construction industry, Jackie has worked on an eclectic mix of projects, ranging from wastewater schemes, to highways and railways, with varied forms of contracts, with her first foray into NEC Contract Management back in 2001.
Dafydd Wyn Owen, Partner, HKA
Dafydd Wyn Owen Dafydd is a Senior Partner with HKA, the world’s leading construction claims and consulting business. Dafydd’s career has spanned public and private sectors in the United Kingdom, Australia and Europe. He currently leads HKA’s Advisory business in Australia and Oceania.
Dafydd specialises in major infrastructure and he has advised on some of the most significant infrastructure projects in Australia. Dafydd is a strategic advisor to senior executives within both State and Federal Governments on infrastructure development and delivery, particularly in the transport, road, energy and water sectors. 
For the past 10 years, Dafydd has been responsible for pioneering significant improvements in major project and program management in Australia. Dafydd is currently working with Sydney Water to implement the Partnering 4 Success (P4S) initiative, which will be the first program in Australia to use the NEC suite of contracts.
Anne Kinder, Senior Consultant, Nodus Solutions Ltd
Anne works for Nodus Solutions, an independent facilities management consultancy, who provide consultancy services to clients in the Commercial, Manufacturing, Retail and Residential Sectors in the UK and Europe. Clients include Avis Budget Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Adidas, Anglian Water Services and several Housing Associations and Local Authorities. 
A specialist in asset, facilities, property and contract management, Anne has worked on the delivery of large, national projects that utilise her skills in strategy development, business transformation, contract specification and management, project management and HR.
Anne holds a BSc (Hons) in Statistics, is a Certified Member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Anne is Deputy Chair of the IWFM Procurement Special Interest Group and a Lead Judge for the IWFM Excellence Awards.
Ross Hayes, NEC consultant, drafter and trainer
Ross Hayes 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.
Ian Peter Barry Cowling, Head of Commercial Services, BAM Nuttall Ltd
Ian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor who has worked in the civil engineering industry for over 45 years and has extensive experience of administering NEC contracts. He is currently Head of Commercial Services for BAM Nuttall, and in 1996 worked on Nuttall’s first NEC contract in the north and has been involved in many other NEC projects since then. Ian is the immediate past President of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and their Chief Examiner. In that capacity Ian has championed use of the NEC and has lectured on the topic in the UK, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Ian is well placed to provide a contractor’s perspective of the effectiveness of NEC.
Debbie Abrahams, MP for Odlham East and Saddleworth, Chair - All Party Inquiry on Late Payments in SMEs, House of Commons
DA-Headshot.jpg Debbie Abrahams is Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth. She Chaired the Parliamentary Labour Party’s Health Committee leading an inquiry which reviewed the effectiveness of international health systems in improving quality and equity, which contributed to Labour health policy. Debbie was also a member of Labour’s Health Policy Commission and one of the elected PLP representatives on the National Policy Forum. Debbie was a member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee from June 2011-March 2015, where she led the call for an independent inquiry into the Government’s punitive New Sanctions Regime. She was re-elected as a member of the Work and Pensions Committee in July 2015 until her appointment as Shadow Minister for Disabled People in September 2015. In June 2016 she was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and she worked on this brief until 2018.
Debbie is passionate about tackling inequalities and has campaigned extensively for a fairer society, setting up the Oldham Fairness Commission to deliver this in her own constituency.
Debbie is also co-Chair of the APPG on Dementia and the first MP to have trained as a Dementia Friends Champion.
One of her most high-profile campaigns, ‘Be Fair – Pay on Time’, resulted in late payments to small businesses being included in the 2014 Small Business Bill and with her being the first recipient of the Federation of Small Business’ ‘Business Buddy Award’.  In 2019 she proposed a 10 Minute Rule Bill to ensure all public sector contracts were paid through Project Bank Accounts to protect the supply chain.
Debbie is also Chair of the Health in All Policies APPG, Chair of the APPG on Kashmir, Vice-Chair of the Britain-Palestine APPG, Vice-Chair of the Race and Community APPG and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Disability. Debbie’s professional background is in health and she is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. She was Chair of Rochdale Primary Care Trust and Director of a public health research group at the University of Liverpool, advising Health Ministries across the globe as well as agencies such as the World Health Organisation.
08:00 Registration
09:00 Opening Remarks
Dr David Hancock Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure Projects Authority & NEC Users’ Group Chair
09:05 The 10-year NEC Journey in Hong Kong - Now and Beyond
SH Lam

LAM Sai-hung
NEC Asia-Pacific Users’ Group Chair Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Development Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • An overview of the implementation of NEC in Hong Kong in the past decade
  • Challenges faced by the construction industry and how NEC helps address the issues
  • Progressive transition from NEC3 to NEC4 and way forward
09:25 Hong Kong Practitioners Experience - A Local Perspective
Albert Cheng

Mr Albert Cheng

Executive Director, Construction Industry Council Hong Kong
  • Hurdles and problems faced by clients, consultants, contractors and practitioners when working on NEC projects
  • Ways to make NEC work in Hong Kong's unique market
  • CIC's role to help the industry
09:35 You will Collaborate (on My Terms)
Mr. Ian Cowling
Head of Commercial Services, BAM Nuttall
  • How NEC helps address previous adversarial climate of construction
  • Balancing risk between the parties involved
  • Looking forward with NEC4
09:55 Digital Transformation
Mr Mark Enzer Mr Mark Enzer
Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald
  • The Digital Transformation landscape in the UK’s built environment
  • The connection between data and the public good – the high-level value proposition for Digital Transformation
  • The National Digital Twin and the Information Management Framework for the built environment
10:15 Q&A
10:30 Morning refreshment break and networking
11:00 NEC Building Case Study: 2019 Lima Parapan American Games
11:20 NEC transport Case Study: Collaborating to deliver the Digital Railway using NEC4
Philip Bennett Phillip Bennett
Commercial Director, Network Rail
  • Why collaboration is at the heart of delivering the digital railway transformation on ECML
  • Why NEC4 was chosen as the contract form for the ECML Digital Railway Train Control Partner Contract
  • The challenges of moving to an outcome based DBO contract approach
11:40 NEC Water Case Study: Thames Tideway Tunnel
Jackie Roe Jackie Roe
Deputy Programme Director, Thames Tideway Tunnel
  • Overview of Tideway, its scope, procurement strategy and delivery model
  • Delivery challenges and how collaboration and commercial management have enabled these to be overcome
  • Lessons learned to be considered for future major projects
12:00 NEC in Australia: Partnering 4 Success
Dafydd Wyn Owen Dafydd Wyn Owen, Partner
Partner, HKA
  • Australia's infrastructure boom - an overview of the current project pipeline in Australia
  • The NEC opportunity down under - how NEC can help change the contracting landscape across the continent
  • A short case study on Sydney Water's Partnering for Success (P4S) initiative - the first program in Australia to use NEC
12:20 NEC for Facilities Management: NEC FM Contract Updates
Anne Kinder
Senior Consultant, Nodus Solutions Ltd
Ross Hayes Ross Hayes
NEC Consultant, drafter and trainer
12:40 Q&A
13:00 Lunch & network break
14:00 Workshops

1. Managing change under the NEC4 Term Service Contract

David Hunter
Patrick Waterhouse

This workshop includes:
  • Task Orders
  • Compensation events, including additional compensation events

2. Meet the Drafters

Peter Higgins
Rob Gerrard
Matthew Garratt

An interactive workshop where delegates can submit any urgent questions to the NEC4 drafters.


Richard Patterson

A workshop where delegates can discuss on their subcontracting issues to get solutions:
  • The options for a contractor and a consultant
  • Options at the set up stage – getting it right
  • Managing the subcontract – some issues
15:30 Afternoon break: refreshments and networking
16:00 NEC Awards
16:20 Closing remarks: Late Payments to SMEs
Debbie Abrahams MP Debbie Abrahams MP
MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Chair - All Party Inquiry on Late Payments in SMEs, House of Commons
  • Current Problem
  • Possible Solutions
  • Next Steps
How to tackle late payments to SMEs, including through Project Bank Accounts and reccomendations of the All Party Inquiry into Late Payments.
16:40 Users' group Chair - Closing remarks
  Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure Projects Authority & NEC Users' Group Chair
16:50 Cocktail Reception
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Why attend?
  • Get valuable insight into the NEC suite of contracts
  • Network with NEC experts, tutors and users’
  • 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 iconic London venue
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