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Charles O’Neil

Panel Member


Charles O’Neil DipArb FCIArb has 40 years’ experience in construction and asset management, predominantly D&C and PPP projects – industrial facilities; motorways & bridges; hospitals, schools, prisons; shopping centres; multi-storey’s, including offices, hotels & serviced apartments. He has specialised in PPPs since 2001, in the concept and financial structuring, bidding, design, construction and asset management of more than 60 projects in 8 countries.

His experience includes 16 years in structural steel design, fabrication and erection for logistics buildings, industrial plants, mining installations, coal handling facilities, grain terminals, container cranes and aircraft hangars.

He has worked in Australia, NZ, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Chile, UK, Europe and Canada, gaining an understanding of the cultural and business practices in these regions.

With ‘D&C’ delivery and asset management, his career focus has always been on ‘performance contracting’ based on:

  • Positive leadership, strong team spirit
  • Detailed planning and comprehensive risk management
  • Intensive cost planning in parallel with design development to meet the budget and target programme
  • Effective stakeholder communications, collaboration and relationship management
  • Efficient and safe construction
  • Rigorous ongoing asset management


Currently, he specialises in two specific areas with infrastructure projects, including PPPs.

  • Advising on risk management methodologies.
  • In dispute resolution, participating as party representative, arbitrator, DB member, expert witness and neutral negotiator. He has participated in more than 160 disputes in Asia, Europe, UK, Canada, Africa and Australia that have included a wide range of matters relating to D&C, PPP and property issues. His focus is always on negotiated settlements in preference to arbitration or litigation.

Highlight activities 2014-16

  • Speaker and panel member at Beijing Arbitration Commission’s (BAC) London Summit.
  • Sub-committee member advising the BAC on the revision of its DB Rules.
  • DAB member for Mersey Gateway Bridge, UK.
  • Guest lecturing at Kingston University UK and Stanford University California with their Masters of Civil Engineering classes and Melbourne University with their Masters of Construction Law.
  • South Africa – expert witness for a dispute on the Gautrain rapid transit rail system.
  • East Africa – independent negotiator for the settlement of multiple construction disputes between government and two foreign contractors.

He has published several Papers on dispute resolution and risk management and in 2014 the book “Human Dynamics in Construction Risk Management – the key to success or failure”, which includes chapters by 12 industry leaders

His full CV is on

Charles’s posts

Sep 25
Sep 02

The Importance of Human Dynamics in Construction Risk Management

Construction, in all its forms from civil engineering to general building, is one of the world’s biggest industries; a major employer, the generator of vast revenues and an economic barometer…

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