Richard Bayfield BSc (Hons) MSC CEng CEnv FICE FCIArb is currently working at board level with several high-profile clients helping to deliver major capital projects and development programmes. In 2006 he was appointed to the construction minister’s sounding board of 6 “key industry figures” who advised on proposed changes to construction industry legislation. He was a member of the Adjudication Panel for the London 2012 Olympics. He is a former Chairman and now Honorary Member of the Society of Construction Law.
He is a chartered Engineer and a chartered Environmentalist. He also holds a master’s degree in construction law from King’s College London. His career includes considerable Major Project experience at all stages from pre-planning to final account dispute resolution.
His major project experience began on the Thames Barrier with Costain. His experience of collaborative working at Honda’s £multi-billion development in Swindon has influenced much of his current work, and resulted in Honda receiving a British Construction Industry Award White Paper: Optimising Investor Returns (BCIA). He co-authored a paper analysing the 40% construction savings made by Honda. The award judges noted Honda’s collaborative culture of openness and transparency as being a key element of their success.
Recent roles included working at Board level with Temple Group consultants on major infrastructure projects including HS2 and with University College London on several £multimillion biomedical science developments including the multiple award winning £100m Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.
He has acted as Adjudicator on over 50 construction disputes since 1996. He recognises that because many disputes have a similar format and pattern, there is a great opportunity to use this knowledge as part of a client’s strategy of dispute avoidance. He sees Neutral Risk Monitoring/ RADAR as a key tool to help client organisations to improve governance procedures and mitigate risk.