New priorities: Dr. David Hancock will refocus NEC users to support the deliver of high-quality projects on time, and on budget. (photo: NEC/Thomas Telford)
New priorities: Dr. David Hancock will refocus NEC users to support the deliver of high-quality projects on time, and on budget.
07.09.2017, 10:35

IPA's David Hancock to Chair NEC Users’ Group

Industry News, Appointments

NEC has announced that Dr. David Hancock, Construction Director for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) which reports to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, will be joining the NEC Users’ Group as its chair.


© NEC/Thomas Telford
 David has experience working in the private, public and voluntary sectors having been Head of Risk for Transport for London, with responsibility for risk and project services across their £15 billion capital portfolio. Prior to this he has been Director of Risk and Assurance for two London Mayors and Executive Director for Halcrow (now CH2M).


The Government Construction Board already recommends that public sector organisations use the NEC contracts, and in particular the new NEC4 Suite of Contracts, where appropriate for construction procurement. The recommendation says that using NEC should help deliver efficiencies and promote behaviours that are in line with the principles of the Government Construction Strategy – a plan to deliver £1.7bn efficiencies in government construction by 2020. 


Speaking at the Users’ Group Annual Conference in June, Dr. David Hancock said that ‘our priority is to deliver projects to the highest standard, on time and on budget. To do this there needs to be collaborative working and a shared understanding, something that is at the heart of the new NEC4’.


Rekha Thawrani, general manager for NEC, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. David Hancock to the Users’ Group.  We feel very privileged to have him taking up the role as our chair.


“David will succeed Beth West as chair and we would like to offer our deepest thanks to Beth who has provided valuable input to the Users’ Group throughout her time in this role.”


Dr. David Hancock said: “I am excited to share government perspectives on the NEC Contracts with the wider NEC Users’ Group.


“The use of NEC4 on public sector projects will help improve central government’s capability as a construction client, increase productivity in the sector and get good quality projects and better value for money for the taxpayer.”


About NEC

  • In 1985 the Institution of Civil Engineers decided to lead a fundamental review of alternative contract strategies for civil engineering design and construction with the objective of identifying the need for good practice. After much discussion and consultation, this review resulted in the publication in 1991 of a consultative edition, and in 1993 of the first edition of the New Engineering Contract (NEC). Since then, in response to industry demands, further standard forms of contract have been produced, using the same principles as were used in the NEC first edition.
  • NEC is a division of Thomas Telford Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the owner and developer of the NEC.
  • The NEC family of standard contracts all have the following characteristics:

          - Stimulates good management of the relationship between the two parties to the contract and, hence, of the work included in the contract

         - Can be used in a wide variety of commercial situations, for a wide variety of types of work and in any location

         - Is a clear and simple document – using language and a structure which are straightforward and easily understood


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