NEC Users' Group Conference 2022

NEC Users' Group Conference 2022

NEC is excited to announce our annual Users' Group conference will take place on 16 June. Users will also have the option to attend virtually. Users’ Group members have free spaces (relative to their level) and discount to the conference.

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UPDATE: All in-person tickets have now been allocated. Users can still attend the conference online by purchasing a virtual ticket.

The high-profile international event will feature presentations on how effective use of NEC contracts can deliver better, greener solutions that support net zero. It will also introduce the new NEC secondary option X29, which incentivises supply chains to support clients in their drive towards decarbonisation.

There will be a review of how NEC aligns with the UK government’s Construction Playbook, including how its focus on whole-life costs can be achieved through option X21. Additionally, there will be examples and case studies of how NEC is being used to procure ever-more sustainable projects across the world, including the UK’s New Hospital Programme.

IWFM will speak on how NEC can support the transition to the NEC4: Facilities Management Contract and introduce the new FM online forum designed to support FM users around the world. The morning session will conclude with a presentation by Peter Higgins, NEC4 Board Chair on what’s next for NEC, including upcoming contract amendments, supporting new sectors and digitalisation.

The presentations will be followed by engaging and interactive workshop sessions in the afternoon*, providing practical advice on using NEC contracts for reducing emissions and early contractor involvement. The day concludes with the ever-popular annual awards, which have been renamed the Martin Barnes Awards in tribute to the ‘father of NEC’ who passed away in February this year.

As ever there will be many opportunities during and after the event to network with leading NEC clients, project managers, contractors, consultants and suppliers from around the world. If you use - or are considering using - NEC, you cannot afford to miss this unique event.


Sustainability in construction is now a top priority. The built environment now accounts for nearly 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and the United Nations Environment Programme says this must be cut in half by 2030 to reach net zero by 2050.

And it’s no longer an option. For example, the UK government now requires all bidders for major contracts to publish clear and credible carbon reduction plans and, from April 2022, larger companies must disclose climate-related risks, including those relating to their supply chains.

‘Investing in sustainable infrastructure’ is therefore the theme of this year’s NEC Users’ Group Annual Conference, which makes a welcome return to Institution of Civil Engineers in One Great George Street London − though delegates also have the option to join online.

*users attending virtually will not be able access the workshop sessions due to their interactive nature.

  • 08:00

  • 09:00
    Rudi Klein logo

    Rudi Klein
    President , NEC Users' Group

  • 09:05
    Keynote Address (delivered by pre-recorded presentation)
    • Key focus areas for ICG 
    • Digitalisation and innovation 
    • Government and industry working together 
    Mark Thurston logo

    Mark Thurston
    Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Ltd

  • 09:20
    NEC and the Construction Playbook
    • An introduction to the Construction Playbook and what it seeks to achieve 
    • How NEC achieves the aims of the construction playbook 
    • Specific areas to consider, such as risk allocation, conflict avoidance pledge, incentives and the use of frameworks  
    Shy Jackson logo

    Shy Jackson
    Partner, Construction Disputes

  • 09:40
    Introducing secondary Option X29 tackling climate change in construction
    • Background to the secondary Option and feedback from the consultation process 
    • Overview of the Option  
    • Guidance on how it is intended to operate 
    Ian Heaphy logo

    Ian Heaphy
    NEC4 Contract Board and Director , IN Construction Consulting

  • 10:20
    Audience Q&A
    *Keynote speaker to dial-in for speaker panel session

  • 10:30

  • 11:00
    NEC FM Contract: A year on
    • NEC4 FM: the benefits 
    • How to transition to FMC 
    • Supporting the community: New online FM Forum 
    Chris Jeffers logo

    Chris Jeffers
    Director and Head of Facility Management Advisory, Mott MacDonald

  • 11:20
    Public Procurement and Sustainability
    • Developing new sustainability standards
    • Incorporating digital technologies
    • Embracing collaborative working practices
    Emma-Jane Houghton logo

    Emma-Jane Houghton
    Commercial Director, New Hospital Programme at Cabinet Office

  • 11:40
    NEC: What's Next?
    • Upcoming contract amendments 
    • Supporting new sectors 
    • Digitalisation  
    Peter Higgins logo

    Peter Higgins
    NEC4 Contract Board Chair and Director, pdConsult

  • 12:00
    Audience Q&A

  • 12:10

  • 13:00
    Workshop: Bringing secondary Option X29 to life
    Please note: users attending virtually will not be able access the workshop sessions due to their interactive nature.

  • 13:00
    Workshop: X22 – Early Contractor Involvement: a practical application
    Please note: users attending virtually will not be able access the workshop sessions due to their interactive nature.

  • 15:00

  • 15:30
    The Martin Barnes Awards

  • 15:45
    Closing remarks

  • 16:00
    Cocktail reception

  • 17:30

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