Mr Richard Patterson is a chartered civil engineer and procurement and NEC specialist with global development, engineering and management consultant, Mott MacDonald Group. Richard has more than 21 years’ experience with Mott MacDonald in the UK and in Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Lesotho, New Zealand, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, St Kitts and Nevis, Turkey and Vietnam. Many of his international works have been on bank funded projects, often using FIDIC forms of contract.
Richard has key skills in procurement (in particular NEC), collaborative working, knowledge management, and facilitation and training. He advised on possibly Mott MacDonald’s first use of NEC in 1996 and has been working with NEC ever since. He supports Mott MacDonald’s teams and their clients in all sectors from the Halley VI research station on the Antarctic, Transnet in South Africa, the Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai and now in Hong Kong, where he has supported Mott MacDonald Hong Kong as NEC Specialist on a total of five commissions advising Architectural Services Department (ArchSD), Highways Department and Drainage Services Department of the Government of Hong Kong SAR on their trial NEC projects covering the use of Engineering and Construction Contract and Term Service Contract including target and lump sum options with Employer’s and Contractor’s design.
Richard delivered a speech – “Working in Collaboration – A Step Forward” in ArchSD 25th Anniversary Symposium in April 2011. He is a frequent contributor to the NEC Newsletter, and has had a number of NEC papers published in ICE’s Proceedings and sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the ICE’s journal, Management, Procurement and Law. (See: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/coolsoberandsmiling)
With his wide NEC experience in the UK and other countries and his involvement in the Hong Kong Government’s trials of the New Engineering Contract (NEC), Richard will share some of the key lessons from over 20 years of its application in the UK and elsewhere and how the lessons learnt should provide insight to the trial use of NEC in Hong Kong. Richard will include issues relating to collaboration and risk management and lessons from target (Option C and D) contracts that have not gone so well.