IPA’s Hancock to chair NEC user group

NEC, which produces model contracts for engineering and construction projects, has announced that Dr David Hancock of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has joined its users’ group as chair.

Dr Hancock is construction director for the IPA, which reports to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

He 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.’

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 Hancock 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 its £15bn capital portfolio.

He was also 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 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.

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