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NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2018, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 20 June 2018
  • 09:00 - 18:00
NEC Users' Group Annual Seminar 2018, London

About this event

The NEC Annual Seminar is always the biggest event in the NEC calendar, gathering NEC users from all over the world to network and discuss best practice. This year we'll also be celebrating NEC's 25th anniversary.

This year NEC brings together an outstanding programme of expert speakers from across industry and Government, to include opening remarks by Dr David Hancock, Construction Director for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, and talks from David Ferrousatt from Heathrow Airport, Kevin Murray from the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Ian Arbuckle from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

The keynote address will be delivered by Lord Adonis, Labour peer and previous Chair of the National Infrastructure Committee, where finding a better approach to delivering high-performing infrastructure across the UK will take centre stage.

The seminar will also mark the launch of the NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC). Ian Heaphy, from the NEC4 Contract Board and ALC drafter, will introduce the new contract and explain when and why users should use this contract.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to choose between different practical workshop sessions.

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08:00 Registration
09:00 Opening Remarks
  Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure Projects Authority & NEC Users’ Group Chair
  • NEC Users’ Group Update
  • How NEC ethos is becoming best practice in industry
  • NEC and opportunities ahead
09:10 Keynote Address
  Lord Adonis
  • Priorities for national infrastructure
  • Building a digital society
  • Achieving success through collaboration
09:30 Amendments to Standard Forms of Contracts – Cure or Curse?
  Kevin Murray
Deputy Director, Crown Commercial Service
  • Findings from the review of contract amendments by central government departments and wider public sector clients
  • The impact of contract amendments
  • How Crown Commercial Service will deal with contract amendments in their new commercial agreements
  katie-1.jpg Katie Rhodes
Category Manager, Construction Strategy, Crown Commercial Services
09:50 How NEC has helped shape Heathrow’s contracting journey
  David Ferroussat
Development Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport Limited
  • Heathrow’s Contracting Journey
  • Collaboration and Leadership
  • Case studies – Terminal 5 and Terminal 2
10:10 Panel Session
10:30 Morning break: refreshments and netwoking
11:00 Early adopter of NEC4
  Ian-Arbuckle-DFO.jpg Ian Arbuckle
Assist Head Commercial, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
  • NEC model supporting Clyde Infrastructure Programme
  • NEC supporting collaborative procurement and DIO Commercial Strategy
  • Benefits realised by NEC4
11:20 Advancing our Profession: Opportunities and Challenges in FM
  Linda Hausmanis
  • MoU signed between NEC & BIFM
  • Opportunities and challenges faced by FM sector
  • Choosing the right procurement strategy
11:40 Project 13 & the role of NEC4 in driving a new model for industry 
  Emma-Jane Houghton
Associate Director, KPMG
  • Project 13 overview & context
  • A programme for change
  • The industry ask
  • NEC4 Alliance contract; the potential role in Project 13
12:00 Introducing the NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC)
  Ian Heaphy
NEC4 Contract Board
  • NEC approach to alliancing
  • When and why to use the Alliance Contract
  • Key aspects of the contract
    Donna Kingett
Yorkshire Water Services
12:40 Panel Session
13:00 Lunch & network break
14:00 Workshops
Choose one from the sessions below:
1. Managing risk and liability under the NEC4 ECC

David Hunter & Patrick Waterhouse, NEC Consultants
  2. Information Modelling and Modular Construction

Ian Heaphy, NEC Consultant


3. NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC)
Ross Hayes & Robert Gerrard, NEC4 drafters

15:30 Afternoon break: refreshments and networking
16:00 NEC Awards
16:30 Closing remarks
  Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director, Infrastructure Projects Authority & NEC Users’ Group Chair
16:40 Cocktail Reception


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 that he was Head of Risk for Transport for London. 
He has worked with the public, private and voluntary sectors and has been the Director of risk and assurance for two London Mayors and Board Director of Halcrow (now CH2M) responsible for setting up their consultancy group. 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 boards for Buckingham Palace refurbishment and the British Antarctic Survey. 
Lord Adonis
Andrew Adonis is a Labour peer. He was the Secretary of State for Transport under Gordon Brown and an education minister before that. He was Chair of the National Infrastructure Committee from October 2015 until late 2017, when he resigned in response to the Government’s handling of the East Coast railway crisis and Brexit.
Prior to his career in politics Andrew worked as a journalist at the Financial Times and the Observer and as an academic, completing a PhD in History at Oxford University.
David Ferroussat, Development Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport Limited
David has over 30 years experience in the construction industry with 25 of those years being at Heathrow, firstly as a consultant and since 2000 direct with Heathrow. David's role covers procurement and commercial leadership on all construction projects relating to Heathrow’s existing Infrastructure assets including runways, taxiways, car parks, roads, utilities, terminal buildings and all construction related consultancy services. David has more recently been working with the Airport Expansion team on the Contracting and Commercial strategy for the 3rd Runway.
Before that David led the HAL commercial team on the £2.5bn Terminal 2 Project and also led the project management team responsible for all the Business Critical Systems within the main terminal building. David has also been HAL’s Ombudsman and between 2002 and 2008 led the HAL Supply Chain Team on the £4.3bn Terminal 5 Project responsible for the commercial relationship with all the 1st tier suppliers.  David is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a Member of the Association for Project Management. David also sits on the Constructing Excellence Management Board as a client representative and co-chairs The Infrastructure Forum’s Procurement Working Group.
Ian Heaphy, NEC4 Contract Board
Ian has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, including aviation, oil & gas, rail, water, highways and building. He has worked with clients across the UK, Middle East, Far East and North America including government bodies, private employers and international contractors. He specialises in the development and implementation of innovative procurement strategies with particular expertise around incentivisation, partnering, alliancing and target cost / cost reimbursable contracts for major projects and programmes of work.
Ian is a member of the NEC4 Contract Board has been directly involved in drafting and shaping the next generation of NEC contracts.
Ian regularly facilitates workshops and delivers training in contract forms and procurement & contract strategies. He also frequently speaks at industry events and has had numerous articles published in construction journals. In addition to his NEC and procurement work Ian also acts as adjudicator, dispute resolver and quantum Expert Witness.
Ian Arbuckle, Assist Head Commercial, Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Ian has 18 years’ experience in the Commercial Function. He has experience of managing various contracting models including; Major runway project in Afghanistan, Hard/Soft FM Prime Contracts (both UK and Overseas), Strategic Business Partnering arrangement to support DIO Senior Management in achieving £40bn savings across estate and Information Management Solution to support DIO Enhanced Operating Model. Currently Ian is responsible £1.3bn Clyde Infrastructure Programme and £400M Lossiemouth Development Programme.
David Hunter, NEC Consultant
David specialises in the procurement and delivery of works and services using the NEC forms of contract. With over thirty years of experience, David has a proven record in delivering complex projects with multiple stakeholders in both the public and private sector.
David’s experience with the NEC suite of contracts extends over a fifteen-year period acting as Employer, NEC Project Manager and Contractor. In 2014 David was named ‘NEC Project Manager of the Year’ at the inaugural NEC awards.
As well as providing NEC3/4 consultancy services David delivers the ECC Project Manager and Supervisor Accreditation programmes for the NEC and provides training for in-house clients and public courses. He is an enthusiastic and engaging tutor who actively encourages and facilitates participation by delegates during training and workshop sessions.
Patrick Waterhouse, NEC Consultant
Patrick Waterhouse is a construction adjudicator and accredited mediator.  In addition to his dispute resolution work he advises parties on their obligations in NEC, JCT and PFI contracts.  He was a member of the team that created the NEC4 suite of contracts.  He delivers training on NEC and other forms of contract.  He is a member of the panels of adjudicators of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He is a chartered civil engineer, a fellow of the CIArb and the CInstCES.
Katie Rhodes, Category Manager, Construction Strategy, Crown Commercial Service
katie.jpg Katie joined the Civil Service Fast Stream in October 2017. The Fast Stream is an accelerated leadership programme consistently ranked in the top 5 of Times Top 100 graduate employers. She is employed by the Commercial stream, with Crown Commercial Service her first placement. As part of her placement she took over the management and delivery of the Z Clause Standardisation Project (now Amendments to Standard forms of Building Contracts), gaining endorsement from a cross departmental working group, the Government Construction Board, Infrastructure Pipeline Authority amongst other internal and external stakeholders.

Event venue

etc.venues County Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 7PB
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Cheryl Waterman

e: cheryl.waterman@neccontract.com