Construction Industry Group

The aim of the Committee is to represent and promote the collective interests of the Chamber members within the Construction Industry. The Committee liaises and assists with other Construction Industry related organisations; responds to requests to participate in consultation conducted by government and other agencies; represents the views of the Chamber on relevant issues; actively seeks information on initiatives and encourages an exchange of views. 

The Committee also provides advice to the General Committee on matters involving the Construction Industry and organises information seminars and/or events of interest to Chamber members.

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Ashley HowlettChairGammon ConstructionRead moreRead lessAshley is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Gammon Construction Limited, the largest contractor in Hong Kong, and has held this position since joining the company in 2015. Ashley 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 its 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. Ashley is involved in all aspects of the design and construction process including drafting and negotiating contract documentation, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution by way of mediation, arbitration and litigation. Prior to joining Gammon, Ashley was a partner in the international law firm Jones Day and was one of the founding partners of the Jones Day Beijing office, where he spent 10 years. Ashley led the Jones Day Asia Construction Practice overseeing lawyers in the Firm’s Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei offices. Ashley is admitted to practice as a lawyer in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and New Zealand, and he has been based in China for 20 years, with 10 years in Hong Kong and 10 years in Beijing. Ashley is currently the Chair of the Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong.
Ian CockingVice ChairCocking & Co LLPRead moreRead lessIan is a founding partner of Cocking & Co. He is recognised as one of the leading legal advisers to the construction, engineering and project development industries in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. Ian is an accredited mediator and an accredited adjudicator. Ian has over 30 years’ experience in negotiating and managing major projects, project administration and dispute management and a comprehensive understanding of how the construction industry works in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific Region. Ian has taken a key role in a diverse range of major construction and project development matters, regularly advising contractors, proprietors, financiers, consultants and insurers on their ongoing contractual relationships, risk management strategies, and claims and dispute resolution. Ian was awarded Outstanding Practitioner of the Year at the Asialaw Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017 in Hong Kong. Ian is also ranked by “Legal 500” and “Chambers” as a tier 1 construction lawyer. He is also noted for his knowledge of environmental law, including environmental impact assessment in particular..
Jessie YipChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessJessie is responsible for the overall operation of the Chamber. Additionally, Jessie looks after the Construction Industry Group and the Education Committee.
Michele WheelerMemberAECOMRead moreRead less As the Executive Director, Healthcare, Hong Kong at AECOM, Michele’s role is to lead and develop the healthcare practice within the organization. She also has a wider role in supporting the development of healthcare across the region. A qualified nurse by training, Michele has worked in a variety of executive level management roles in the UK healthcare sector before joining AECOM. She has experience of working in both provider and commissioner healthcare organisations on both clinical service transformation and capital development plans and has delivered over 100 healthcare and academic projects and programmes. Also experienced in healthcare planning, business transformation and integration of clinical services and organisations, Michele has a proven track record in delivering cost savings and operational efficiencies within the public and private sector. With her knowledge as a clinician and construction professional, Michele can analyse complex challenges our clients face from a more holistic view, helping to shape new sustainable hospitals that revitalizes communities and enable good health outcomes. She also undertook the role of Gold Commander including for one trust, across four hospital sites and five hospitals, including a major trauma centre. The command structure is used by emergency services of the United Kingdom to establish a hierarchical framework for the command and control of major incidents and disasters. In addition, she is also an accredited NHS Project Director and Infrastructure Projects Authority Team Leader where she has extensive experience of going into Government departments and reviewing the most innovative and highest risk projects and programmes delivered by the British Government.
Leslie SwannMemberJacobs China LimitedRead moreRead lessLeslie 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.
Richard DorkinMemberRyder (Asia) LimitedRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Peter IngramMemberThe Contracts Group LtdRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Christopher ShortMEMBERClyde & Co Read moreRead lessChris is a Hong Kong qualified lawyer and Counsel in Clyde & Co's Hong Kong Construction Group. He has a practical site based background with a comprehensive knowledge of regional construction matters built u since 1991 in Hong Kong and South East Asia. Chris has worked for employers, contractors, project managers and consultants advising on contract drafting, management issues, claims administration and preparation, litigation, risk analysis and dealing with dispute resolution issues relating to infrastructure and construction projects. Within Clyde & Co's Construction Group, Chris continues to focus on such matters. Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Chris was a partner in a local practice, having spent time prior to this resolving construction issues, latterly as the Managing Director, of the Hong Kong office of a NYSE listed global project management and construction claims company. Chris is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (currently non-practising) and is dual qualified being a Fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (as a Chartered Engineering Surveyor) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. In addition, Chris is also professionally recognised as a member of: the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; the Institute of Surveyors Hong Kong; and the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, and is a Past Chairman (2012-2013) of the Society of Construction Law Hong Kong.
Patrick DaleyMemberBryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLPRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Jim PippinMemberAssociation for Project ManagementRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Timothy Peirson-SmithMemberExecutive Counsel LimitedRead moreRead lessTimothy has been an elected General Committee member since 2005, and was the former Chairman of the Chamber's Business Policy Unit (BPU) from 2007-2016, and he led the drafting of the Chamber's Policy Address and Budget Address submissions for that period. Timothy was the founding Chair of the Chamber's Environment and Energy Committee and chaired this committee 2005-2007. In addition, Timothy has authored, led and contributed to hundreds of important Chamber submissions to the government on Hong Kong’s business competitiveness, SMEs, environment, competition policy, minimum wage, double stamp duty, English language radio, Hong Kong’s branding and strategic direction, land, planning and infrastructure development (including Site 3) and food labelling and presented and debated these positions to the Legislative Council and their Bills’ Committee. In 2003, Timothy founded and is presently CEO of the respected corporate governance, government relations, PR and political risk/crisis management consultancy, Executive Counsel Limited. Timothy has worked in Hong Kong since 1990 and proudly calls Hong Kong his home.
Brenda YipMemberBK Asia PacificRead moreRead lessDr. 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
Brian HunterMemberPwCRead moreRead lessBrian 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.
John BlackwoodMemberAtkins China LtdRead moreRead lessJohn 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.
Emma HarveyMemberGammon Construction LtdRead moreRead lessEmma is Group Sustainability Manager for Gammon Construction Limited. She joined Gammon in 2015 and is responsible for advising on project-specific environmental issues as well as driving sustainability initiatives across Gammon. Her current focus is on implementation of their Responsible Growth – 25 by 25 sustainability strategy. Emma has 25 years' professional experience in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City. Her background covers environmental consulting, multi-disciplinary project management, value and construction risk management facilitation, business development, sustainable urban planning, tourism planning and green buildings. Emma is a member of the Business Environment Council’s Climate Change Business Forum, the Executive Committee of the HK Institute of Environmental Impact Assessment, and the HK Green Building Council’s Sustainable Development Committee.
Ben BuryMemberHolman Fenwick WillianRead moreRead lessBIO
Steve RowlinsonMemberIndividual MemberRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Timothy HillMemberHogan LovellsRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Dong ChenMemberCundallRead moreRead lessDong is a structural and bridge engineer with near 20 years of professional experiences in Europe, UK, US, Middle East, South America and Asia. He has worked as design leader with some of the most world- renowned architects to lead structural engineering design and deliver landmark projects from conceptual through to completion. His project experiences cover a variety range of projects including railway station, bridge, long span roof, tall building, entertainment, mixed use development, educational facilities, hospitals and stadium.
Ying Yin ChanMemberMott MacDonald Hong Kong LtdRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Steve DuckworthMemberEnvironmental Resources ManagementRead moreRead lessBio pending.