Thursday, 03 March 2016

NEC has announced that HS2 Ltd Commercial Director Beth West is to become chair of its internationally respected Users’ Group.

Following the recent announcement that the UK government has opened the bidding process for £11.8 billion of NEC contracts for Phase One of the landmark HS2 rail project (London – Birmingham), the appointment reflects the suite’s integral importance to the future of UK infrastructure and its economic impact.

With the majority of HS2 consultancy and construction contracts let under the NEC3 forms of contract, Beth West’s appointment to the post is perfectly timed. One of the first responsibilities of her new role will be to address an audience of NEC users at the body’s flagship Annual Seminar on April 27.

The Annual Seminar is the highlight of the NEC Calendar and brings together the international NEC community in the heart of Westminster, London, to exchange knowledge and best practice.

 Prior to her appointment as HS2 commercial director, Beth West’s previous roles include Head of Commercial for Thames Water’s Thames Tideway Tunnel project, Head of Commercial Procurement at London Underground and principal in the corporate finance team at Transport for London.

Rekha Thawrani, general manager for NEC, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Beth West to the Users’ Group and delighted she has agreed to attend this year’s Annual Seminar in April.

“With HS2’s adoption of NEC across its programme of works and Beth’s role leading in this internationally significant project, we are very privileged to have her on board as our chair.

“Beth will succeed current chairman Steve Rowsell and we would like to offer our sincere thanks to Steve who has provided invaluable input to the Users’ Group and will continue to be involved on NEC matters through his role on the NEC Board.

“April’s seminar presents an unbeatable opportunity to get the latest insights from industry studies, and network with fellow users and solutions providers. I do hope you can join us.”

The Users’ Group operates in three regions, the UK, Asia-Pacific and Australasia.  CK Hon, Permanent Secretary of the Hong Kong Development Bureau (Works), was recently appointed as Asia Pacific Users’ Group Chairman.   

Beth said:  “I was honoured to be asked to chair the NEC Users’ Group.   The NEC form of contract has been used successfully on many major and high-profile programmes, and I hope that my chairing of the Users’ Group will help the NEC continue to develop in a constructive way.”

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Notes to editors

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