CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY GROUP
Nigel joined Gammon Construction in 2004 from Balfour Beatty. An Executive Director, Nigel oversees Gammon's commercial, procurement, contract assurance, legal and insurance activities in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia. Gammon provides one-stop-shop services to our clients, including design, management and construction services in building, civil engineering, foundations, electrical and mechanical, infrastructure maintenance and operation, and interiors refurbishments and fit out. Nigel's extensive experience over three decades in the construction industry has spanned work in the UK, the United States, the Caribbean and, since 1995, Hong Kong and Asia. He has been involved in many standard and bespoke forms of construction contract and projects and has solid experience in contract management, procurement, claim management, project insurance, and arbitration and mediation. Nigel was elected Chairman of the BCC Construction Industry Group in December 2013. He is a member of the RICS and Fellow of the CIArb.
Ian heads Clyde & Co's Hong Kong and China Construction Group. He has taken a key role in a diverse range of construction and project development matters, regularly advising contractors, financiers and consultants on their ongoing contractual relationships and risk management strategies. With over 26 years' experience in project and dispute management, Ian has a comprehensive understanding of how the construction industry works in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region. Ian is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the construction industry. APAC Legal 500 2017 ranks Clyde & Co Hong Kong's construction practice as tier 1 and states, "Ian Cocking is ‘a standout lawyer, whose arrival in 2011 catapulted the firm’s construction practice into the Premier League’."
Jessie is the General Manager of the British Chamber and is responsible for the overall operation of the Chamber. She seeks opportunities for committee members to meet and speak privately with government officials and other prominent member of the community to discuss issues that are of concern. Additionally, Jessie also looks after the Construction Industry Committee and the Education Committee.
Helen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 27 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has nearly 20 years of experience in Hong Kong. Helen has notable expertise in directing complex multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects for both public and private clients and guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance process and is an active and prominent figure in the environmental services industry in Hong Kong.
Jeremy came to Hong Kong in 1992 after working in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Myanmar in the building, rail and airport sectors. A chartered quantity surveyor and married with two children, both born in Hong Kong, he has over 40 years of experience in construction. He broadened his firm’s outlook from QS/cost management into project and facilities management, guiding it to become the first such consultancy in Hong Kong to attain ISO 9001 and later 14001. In addition to cost management, he advises lending institutions on project finance schemes in the infrastructure and hospitality sectors. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong and currently serves the Club in its environmental and sustainability projects.
John is responsible for the transport sector of Atkins’ business in the Asia Pacific Region. He is a civil engineer and has been resident in Hong Kong since 1981. Over that time he has been involved in the planning, design and construction of many of Hong Kong’s major infrastructure projects including much of the MTR railway network. He therefore has a good understanding of the construction industry. John has been actively involved in the Chamber’s Construction Industry Group and was involved in the preparation of the Construction Industry Vision 2010 document jointly developed by CIG and the Hong Kong Construction Association with the objective of driving forward improvements in Hong Kong construction.
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Vincent Connor is Pinsent Masons’ Head of Office in Hong Kong and Head of Sectors – Asia. He specialises in Construction Law, providing clients with strategic advice during projects and representing them in mediation, arbitration and litigation. Asia-Pacific Legal 500 describes him as having "a top reputation" in Construction Law and he is recommended as a leading Construction Lawyer in Who's Who Legal. In addition to his British Chamber committee work, Vincent is a member of The Lighthouse Club's Committee; the NEC User's Group Steering Committee and the CIC’s Taskforce on NEC. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Vincent was appointed as a GlobalScot in 2007 by Scotland’s First Minister.
Andrew Marks is a Director and leads Cundall’s Hong Kong office. He is a chartered electrical engineer with over 16 years of experience. He has wide and diverse experience working in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and in the UK. Andrew specialises in the healthcare sector and has presented at numerous healthcare conferences in Hong Kong and China. He has also worked on numerous mixed-use development, high-rise residential towers, luxury retail stores, aviation projects as well as corporate fit-outs. He has great understanding of the commercial requirements of projects, working closely with project teams to ensure all the designs produced are efficient and cost effective.
Penny Hubbard-Brown is a Senior Manager in the Facilities Management Office of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST.) She has recently joined the team having spent over 11 years with Mace as a Project Director and then Deputy Regional Director both in UK and Hong Kong. Over seven years she has worked on a number of projects in Hong Kong, most notably the Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3 works. Penny is a strong advocate of Project Management for complex projects and she firmly believes that transparency and clear communication are key to the successful delivery of projects. She is passionate about supporting the Chamber and is an active member of the Construction Industry Group and is keen to support younger members of the industry in their career paths particularly with regard to promoting good communication skills.
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Ian as the Vice President, Special Projects, is responsible for key account business growth in the Asia Pacific region for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He has been involved with many of Asia’s major High Rise Buildings and Infrastructure projects. Ian has a background in specialized areas of construction including elevators, escalators, and moving walks, and with a knowledge built up from 16 years of Asia experience, including recently having worked for 6 years in China. Ian has a strong background in business development, and advising and supporting key clients for their major projects, and brings an excellent understanding and knowledge of today’s needs to efficiently move people within high rise buildings, airports and other infrastructure projects.
Brian is a partner in the assurance practice of PwC and has been in Hong Kong since early 2010. Brian grew up in Scotland and started his professional career at Coopers & Lybrand in Edinburgh before moving with the firm to Sydney where he spent the next 24 years becoming a partner in PwC Australia in 1994. Brian has over 30 years' experience in auditing and advising organisations in the engineering, construction and infrastructure industries and leads PwC Hong Kong's Engineering & Construction industry group. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Leslie has been working for Jacobs China Limited for almost 20 years. He started his career with Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners in 1973 and joined Dames & Moore in 1976 becoming the Managing Principal of the Riyadh office. For over forty years Leslie has been dedicating his career to the engineering consultancy sector. As a professional engineer, he has been heavily involved in civil and geotechnical engineering consultancy services in various complex multidisciplinary projects both in Hong Kong and overseas. Projects include highway, railway, tunneling, landslip prevention & mitigation works, housing, large-scaled public facilities, oil & gas facilities, theme park development etc. Leslie holds a MSc degree from Imperial College and is a Chartered Engineer. He is also a Registered Geotechnical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Kelly currently head’s up the JLT Hong Kong Construction team. Kelly is responsible for the management, placement and servicing of both local and international construction clients in Hong Kong and the Asia region. Kelly has over 10 years of dedicated construction insurance experience, working within both the London and Asia insurance markets. Most recently, Kelly was responsible for the placement of the USD60bn plus MTR Shatin to Central Link Project in Hong Kong and continues to provide innovative insurance solutions for major civil works. Kelly has worked closely, and continues to work closely, with many international insurers as well as other specialist construction teams within the global network. Kelly commenced her career at JLT London a graduate trainee, within the Construction department. For the first 5 years of her career Kelly was responsible for the development, placement and servicing of large construction projects within the London insurance market and in particular specialised in PPP/PFI private financed projects. Kelly was personally involved in the negotiations, placement and advisory services of large infrastructure PPP projects, liaising with project owners, contractors, funders, lawyers and government bodies. Kelly was personally involved in the negotiations, placement and advisory services of large infrastructure projects, such as the 2012 London Olympic Games. Kelly is also an active participant of many construction industry related groups in Hong Kong and Asia. She was a keynote guest speaker at the British Consulate General conference on Mega Project Finance & Management (April 2011) and at our JLT Tokyo Annual Construction Conference for 70 clients on “Rail Infrastructure – A Brokers View”.
Dr. Brenda Yip has contributed to the construction industry and academia for 27 years. She is a Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers. Brenda has gained substantial professional experience in construction engineering and project management for numerous successful large scale public and private property developments. Brenda has held a Professoriate post at the Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong. Her teaching experience includes diversified areas in construction management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also actively involved in research and knowledge transfer with comprehensive publication record in construction management and related fields. Brenda has delivered many public seminars / in-house training and been invited as a speaker for professional associations
Julian is the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Leadership team. Julian also previously developed and led KPMG Australia’s infrastructure practice and was a Board member of KPMG Australia for 6 years. Julian was also a member of the Infrastructure Finance Working Group which reported to the Australian Federal Government on Infrastructure Finance and Funding Reform in 2012. Many of the Group’s recommendations have since been adopted by government. In his current role, Julian travels widely throughout Asia Pacific working with governments and the private sector to develop and advise on infrastructure programs, projects and assets. He is an active public speaker on a range of aspects associated with infrastructure. He has extensive experience as a lead adviser on a large range of commercial transactions, particularly in the transport and industrial markets sectors. Julian’s advice to Government organisations and corporations includes advice in respect of: infrastructure projects and financing (including Public Private Partnerships), privatisation, corporate strategy, corporate/debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestments, and business valuations. In addition to Julian’s experience in Australia and other markets, he is currently leading the KPMG team which is advising the Hong Kong Government on the development of a multi-purpose Sports Park, including a 50,000 seat stadium, in Kai Tak, Hong Kong.
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Thomas became Chief Executive in 2005, having served as an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Gammon since 1999. He joined the Company in 1997. He is currently Chairman of the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board (PCFB), an employer member of the Labour Advisory Board (LAB) and a member of the Environmental Campaign Committee. He also contributes his expertise to various committees in Hong Kong's universities, professional associations and industry associations.
Steve Root, Director, The Contracts Group, provides clients with a wide range of project management consultancy services. He has notable expertise throughout the whole project lifecycle, from business case to post completion settlement and advises private and public sector clients in business cases, planning, scheduling, risk management, project management and training, including acting as an expert programming witness. With 30 years project experience in construction, I.T., business change and capital markets clearing, Steve is passionate in raising project management standards and developing upcoming project managers and is very active in the local project management community through his Chairmanship of the Hong Kong Branch of the Association for Project Management, the UK’s Chartered Body for the Project Profession.