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.

Join the Committee


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.
Jessie YipChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessJessie is responsible for the overall operation of the Chamber. She seeks opportunities for committee members to meet and speak privately with government officials and other prominent members of the community to discuss issues that are of concern. Additionally, Jessie looks after the Construction Industry Group and the Education Committee.
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.
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..
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
Helen CochraneMemberMeinhardt Infrastructure and Environment LtdRead moreRead lessHelen Cochrane, Director, Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, manages Meinhardt’s environmental and sustainability services. Helen has over 27 years of experience in all aspects of environmental assessment, management, monitoring, audit, sustainability and green building assessments and has nearly 20 years of experience in Hong Kong. Helen has notable expertise in directing complex multi-disciplinary environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects for both public and private clients and guiding projects through the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance process and is an active and prominent figure in the environmental services industry in Hong Kong.
Iain MowattMemberTony Gee and Partners (Asia) LtdRead moreRead lessIain has been in the construction industry in Hong Kong for nearly 40 years.
He is the Business Development Director(Asia) for Tony Gee and partners, a UK firm of civil/structural consulting engineers.
Prior to that he spent many years with Gammon Construction. Iain is active in various construction panels and is the chairman of the HK- Temporary Works forum, a construction industry lead response to the unacceptable accident rates on sites in HK. Iain is a past chairman of the Asia Pacific Region of the Lighthouse Club, the construction industry charity.

Steve RootMemberThe Contracts GroupRead moreRead lessSteve Root, Director, The Contracts Group, provides clients with a wide range of project management consultancy services. He has notable expertise throughout the whole project lifecycle, from business case to post completion settlement and advises private and public sector clients in business cases, planning, scheduling, risk management, project management and training, including acting as an expert programming witness. With 30 years project experience in construction, I.T., business change and capital markets clearing, Steve is passionate in raising project management standards and developing upcoming project managers and is very active in the local project management community through his Chairmanship of the Hong Kong Branch of the Association for Project Management, the UK’s Chartered Body for the Project Profession.
Ben BuryMemberHolman Fenwick WillianRead moreRead lessBIO
James FordMemberThe Contracts Group LtdRead moreRead lessBio pending.
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.
Kelly OutramMemberJardine Lloyd Thompson LtdRead moreRead lessKelly currently head’s up the JLT Hong Kong Construction team. Kelly is responsible for the management, placement and servicing of both local and international construction clients in Hong Kong and the Asia region. Kelly has over 10 years of dedicated construction insurance experience, working within both the London and Asia insurance markets. Most recently, Kelly was responsible for the placement of the USD60bn plus MTR Shatin to Central Link Project in Hong Kong and continues to provide innovative insurance solutions for major civil works. Kelly has worked closely, and continues to work closely, with many international insurers as well as other specialist construction teams within the global network. Kelly commenced her career at JLT London a graduate trainee, within the Construction department. For the first 5 years of her career Kelly was responsible for the development, placement and servicing of large construction projects within the London insurance market and in particular specialised in PPP/PFI private financed projects. Kelly was personally involved in the negotiations, placement and advisory services of large infrastructure PPP projects, liaising with project owners, contractors, funders, lawyers and government bodies. Kelly was personally involved in the negotiations, placement and advisory services of large infrastructure projects, such as the 2012 London Olympic Games. Kelly is also an active participant of many construction industry related groups in Hong Kong and Asia. She was a keynote guest speaker at the British Consulate General conference on Mega Project Finance & Management (April 2011) and at our JLT Tokyo Annual Construction Conference for 70 clients on “Rail Infrastructure – A Brokers View”.
Patrick O'NeillMemberADR PartnershipRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Penny Hubbard-BrownMemberHKUSTRead moreRead lessPenny Hubbard-Brown is a Senior Manager in the Facilities Management Office of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST.) She has recently joined the team having spent over 11 years with Mace as a Project Director and then Deputy Regional Director both in UK and Hong Kong. Over seven years she has worked on a number of projects in Hong Kong, most notably the Hong Kong Science Park Phase 3 works. Penny is a strong advocate of Project Management for complex projects and she firmly believes that transparency and clear communication are key to the successful delivery of projects. She is passionate about supporting the Chamber and is an active member of the Construction Industry Group and is keen to support younger members of the industry in their career paths particularly with regard to promoting good communication skills.
Steve DuckworthMemberEnvironmental Resources ManagementRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Steve RowlinsonMemberIndividual MemberRead 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.
Ian SmithMemberThyssenKrupp Elevator Asia Pacific LimitedRead moreRead lessIan as the Vice President, Special Projects, is responsible for key account business growth in the Asia Pacific region for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He has been involved with many of Asia’s major High Rise Buildings and Infrastructure projects. Ian has a background in specialized areas of construction including elevators, escalators, and moving walks, and with a knowledge built up from 16 years of Asia experience, including recently having worked for 6 years in China. Ian has a strong background in business development, and advising and supporting key clients for their major projects, and brings an excellent understanding and knowledge of today’s needs to efficiently move people within high rise buildings, airports and other infrastructure projects.
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.
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.
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.
Jill KennedyMemberCurrie & BrownRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Julian VellaMemberKPMGRead moreRead lessJulian is the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Leadership team. Julian also previously developed and led KPMG Australia’s infrastructure practice and was a Board member of KPMG Australia for 6 years. Julian was also a member of the Infrastructure Finance Working Group which reported to the Australian Federal Government on Infrastructure Finance and Funding Reform in 2012. Many of the Group’s recommendations have since been adopted by government. In his current role, Julian travels widely throughout Asia Pacific working with governments and the private sector to develop and advise on infrastructure programs, projects and assets. He is an active public speaker on a range of aspects associated with infrastructure. He has extensive experience as a lead adviser on a large range of commercial transactions, particularly in the transport and industrial markets sectors. Julian’s advice to Government organisations and corporations includes advice in respect of: infrastructure projects and financing (including Public Private Partnerships), privatisation, corporate strategy, corporate/debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestments, and business valuations. In addition to Julian’s experience in Australia and other markets, he is currently leading the KPMG team which is advising the Hong Kong Government on the development of a multi-purpose Sports Park, including a 50,000 seat stadium, in Kai Tak, Hong Kong.
Patrick DaleyMemberBryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLPRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Timothy HillMemberHogan LovellsRead moreRead lessBio pending.
Ying Yin ChanMemberMott MacDonald Hong Kong LtdRead 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.