Rudi Klein, 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.
Ian Heaphy, NEC4 Contract Board and Director at IN Construction Consulting
Ian has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, including aviation, oil & gas, rail, water, highways and building. He has worked with clients in the UK, Middle East, Far East and North America including government bodies, private sector employers and contractors. Ian specialises in the development of innovative procurement strategies with particular expertise around partnering, alliancing and target cost contracts.
Ian is a member of the NEC4 Contract Board has been directly involved in drafting and shaping the fourth generation of NEC contracts, including the new Alliance Contract.
Ian regularly facilitates workshops and delivers training in contract forms and procurement & contract strategies. In addition to his NEC and procurement work Ian also acts as adjudicator, dispute resolver and quantum Expert Witness.
Robert Gerrard BSc(Hons), FRICS, FCInstCES, NEC Users' Group Secretary and Consultant
Robert specialises in NEC contracts, both setting these up and successfully managing them. He has over 35 years’ experience in contract management, carrying out training and consultancy around the world. Robert is also an Accredited Mediator. He is an examiner for the ICE law and contract management examinations and has also held the position of NEC Users’ Group Secretary from 2006 to date. Robert was an NEC4 drafter and part of the NEC3 contracts working group. Some of his latest publications include NEC3 and NEC4 Compared, joint author in both NEC4 Avoiding and Resolving Disputes and NEC4 Practical Solutions.