FIDIC relaunches Risk, Liability and Quality Committee with new chair and membership

23 Jul 2020

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FIDIC has relaunched its Risk, Liability and Quality Committee with a new chair and members as part of a significant strengthening and upgrading of its committee structure and international external affairs and stakeholder relations capability.

The revamped committee will increase the effectiveness of FIDIC’s work in supporting the consulting engineering industry in navigating risk and liability by reporting, guidance, education and relevant training. The committee engages and maintains relationships with risk and liability stakeholders, including global and regional insurance organisations, procurement, legal and financial bodies and also monitors professional liability conditions and insurance worldwide.

Commenting on the relaunch of the committee, FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “The relaunch of our Risk, Liability and Quality Committee is part of a detailed and thorough review of FIDIC’s public engagement work where we have sought to ensure that our committees and other representative bodies better reflect geographic diversification and have the right skills set to be more effective in a changing marketplace. Competition was stiff to sit on these revamped committees, with over 350 industry experts from around the world applying to be members.

“The newly relaunched Risk, Liability and Quality Committee, in common with a number of other revamped committees we will be announcing over the coming weeks, will enable FIDIC to be more external facing and help us to make a positive impact on and influence in the global infrastructure industry. Going forward, this relaunched committee will enable FIDIC to be more vocal and more visible to meet the challenges our industry faces as it moves out of the Covid crisis and beyond.”

The chair of the FIDIC Risk, Liability and Quality Committee is Nicola Grayson, chief executive officer of Consult Australia, the industry association representing design, advisory, and engineering businesses in Australia. Commenting on her new role, she said: “I am delighted to be chairing this crucially important committee for FIDIC. Good risk and liability management is of critical importance to our industry and will be increasingly so as we come to terms with the post-Covid environment. It is vital that we are able to raise and discuss issues that impact our industry in a way that promotes collaboration and partnership.

“I am really pleased therefore that we have assembled such a group of talented and knowledgeable global industry professionals to sit on this committee and I’m looking forward to working with them in the months and years ahead. As well as advising consulting engineers on current issues like the hardening of the professional indemnity insurance market, we are also keen to highlight the benefits of a quality-driven approach to project delivery where all parties benefit and to that end we will be working with infrastructure industry stakeholders from around the world to get that message across.”

The full membership of the Risk, Liability and Quality committee is listed below: -

Nicola Grayson (chair)
Chief Executive Officer, Consult Australia (Australia)
Walter Painsi (vice chair)
Managing Director, Painsi & Partner (Austria)
Jörg-Martin Hohberg (vice chair)
Senior Consultant, IUB Engineering (Switzerland)
Nora Fung (vice chair)
Senior Counsel, Legal Group, Arup (UK)
Manish Kothari
President and CEO, Sheladia Associates (USA)
Ulla Sassarsson
Deputy Director, Association of Consulting Engineers (Denmark)
Kundan Kumar
Expert - Contract Management, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats (India)
Asmed Boolaky
Head of Technical Department and Projects, Harel Mallac Group (Mauritius)
Nabin Panthee
Civil Engineer, B.Tech Civil Engineering (Nepal)
Stefan Gondosch
Project Manager, Grupo Azvi (Romania)
Zehra Raza
Associate Director, Legal, ROSHN Real Estate Company (Saudi Arabia)
Jorge Santamaria
Asia Pacific Regional Manager, TPF Getinsa Euroestudios (Spain)
Antony Smith
Partner, Beale & Co (UK)
Ian Rollitt
Commercial and Contract Consultant (UK)
Stephen Jenkins
Technical Director Resources & Manufacturing Services, Aurecon (New Zealand)

The 15-strong committee, which will meet quarterly, will also advise the FIDIC board on all aspects of risk, liability and quality across the consulting engineering industry and review relevant issues which impact on infrastructure governance including developing and publishing FIDIC guidance documents for consulting engineers on securing and managing professional indemnity insurance programmes.

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