Management, Procurement and Law Lecture, London

19 January, 2016 | 18:00 - 19:55

Management, Procurement and Law Lecture, London

About this event

A number of infrastructure clients in the UK have delivered improved performance through collaborative working practices such as alliancing, early contractor involvement and partnering.

This evening lecture will look at procurement methods which support collaborative working.

The speaker, Mr. Steve Rowsell will provide:

  • Examples from major infrastructure clients and projects on how procurement strategies can support collaborative forms of working
  • The role of the NEC3 contract on these projects

The event will be chaired by Peter Higgins and the presentation will be followed by question.


Steve Rowsell BSc CEng MICE MIHT MCIP​

Steve Rowsell is a well known figure in the construction industry and has over 40 years experience in major project delivery. This includes senior roles at the Highways Agency and Crossrail Limited.

Between 2000 and 2007 Steve was the Highways Agency’s Procurement Director. He was responsible for developing and implementing its new procurement strategy for delivery of the Government’s £2billion per annum strategic road construction and maintenance programme. The resulting strategy document, Delivering Best Value Solutions and Services, was published in 2001 and became highly influential and internationally recognised for its successful results.

In 2007 Steve set up a procurement consultancy, Rowsell Wright Ltd. In that role Steve was appointed as Head of Procurement for the £15.9billion Crossrail project and developed the procurement strategy. He is currently supporting HS2, London Underground and Highways England.

Steve is the current Senior Vice President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and also Chairman of the NEC3 User’s Group.

Peter Higgins BSc CEng FICE FCIArb (Chair)

Since 1976, Peter has been involved in determining contract strategy, advising on contract preparation and procurement processes and advising on contract administration. Much of Peter’s current work is advising international funding agencies and major public sector clients on procurement policy and implementation. Often with legal teams, he has worked closely with clients in developing contracts based on the NEC system and developing procurement strategy. He has given lectures in many countries on contract issues and has published papers on contracts and on ethics in construction.

Peter 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.