Richard has been an Independent Consultant since 1991, with over 40 years construction and development experience. He is currently working at board level with several high profile clients helping to deliver major capital projects and development programmes. Specialist areas include Troubleshooting, Client Leadership, Collaborative working, Project/Business Strategy, Innovation, Dispute Avoidance and Conflict Resolution. Richard is a former Chairman of the Society of Construction Law.
Resolex interview on collaborative work. His clients/roles include:
New College Oxford – Gradel Quad – Project Director
New Lambeth Palace Library – Interim PM / Member of Project Board
Temple Group – Planning/Sustainability Consultant – Commercial Risk Director
University College London (Estates) – BCIA Winner 2016 – Client/Board Rep
Resolex (Risk Management, Mediation & Project Review) – Independent Panel
Ripon College Oxford (Development) – BCIA Winner 2013 – Programme Director
Construction Sector Transparency Initiative – Peer Review / Independent Panel
Honda (UK and EU) – BCIA Winner 2002 – Client Representative
Rio Tinto Alcan – External advisor
He acted as “Client’s Representative” in respect of several £multimillion development and construction projects at UCL. Projects included £100M Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for neural circuits and behaviour http://www.ucl.ac.uk/swc. This project won the “major building award” at the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) in October 2016. The SWC main contract was completed within £20k of the contract sum and is used by the NEC as a best practice case study.
He acted as Client Advisor on the award winning Bishop Edward King Chapel Project. This project was short listed for the Stirling Prize and won the 2013 small Building Project of the year at the BCIA. In April 2008 he became one of 4 Engineers selected to be on the Adjudication Panel for the London Olympics (2012).
2006/10 – Member of the Construction Minister’s sounding board of six ‘key industry figures’ appointed to assist the DTI (BIS) with proposed changes to construction industry legislation. Member of the Construction Sector Transparency Assurance team (2010) reviewing two major projects (M40 and A46) for the Highways Agency (see reports here).
In 2014 Richard became a Trustee and chair of the charity Love Sierra Leone. Since 2001 he has been involved with supporting some educational and church ministry projects in both Freetown and Koidu in Sierra Leone. Koidu is the location of the film “Blood Diamond” which highlighted the issues of both child soldiers and conflict diamonds.
In 2002 he jointly prepared a report for the DTI on the lessons that can be learned by Honda’s radical approach to its construction activities. One key finding being Honda’s 40% improvement in construction spending since 1991. Click here to download a copy of the report in PDF format. The Honda project won the “major building project at the BCIA in October 2002.
Richard gives occasional lectures in Client Leadership and Project Management at several UK Universities, and also carries out in house training for both Commercial and Government organisations in areas of collaborative working, project management, dispute prevention and dispute resolution.