NEC Awards 2017 Judging Panel


Peter Higgins
NEC Consultant
and NEC4 Board Chair
  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.
     

Robert Gerrard
NEC Users' Group Secretary
 

Rob specialises in procurement and project management and is also involved in extensive NEC training and consultancy work. Rob is experienced in financial control, contract preparation and administration, including the consideration, evaluation and resolution of contractual claims mainly in civil engineering projects.
He is an Examiner for the ICE Law & Contract Procedure he has also held the position of NEC Users’ Group Secretary from 2006 to date.

His publications include NEC2 and NEC3 Compared, 2005, as well as drafting the NEC3 Professional Services Short Contract guidance notes, some of the flow charts and ‘How to…’ guides along with being a part of the working group who drafted the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts.
     
Matthew Garratt






Matthew Garratt
New Contract Board Member and Commercial Director at Costain
  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.
     
Matthew Symes





 
Matthew Symes
Partner, Concerto Partners
 
Matthew reviews, troubleshoots and gives external assurance on complex projects, programmes or portfolios. These range from business transformations and change programmes through to asset-enabled or infrastructure-enabled solutions. He also leads Business Transformation programmes. 
 
Matthew is an active member of the NEC Board. 

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