Stephen Woodward FAPM brings to the RADAR Panel, experience from senior management positions within contracting, client and consultancy organisations.
His strategy skills were developed early in his career while working as a quantity surveyor on the preparation of contractual claims within contracting. His commercial management expertise together with his cost management training subsequently led him to project management.
Stephen understands commercial and cost management. For ten years, he was commercial director of a leading project and construction management company owned by a Japanese international contractor and developer. Here he developed his interest and expertise in risk management as part of the client offering and as adviser to the Japanese parent company. Here he led the development of a CIOB endorsed computerised cost management system.
Stephen understands contract risk. Active within APM in its early days he was a member of a professional group who drafted the first pan-industry standard form of project management appointment.
Stephen is innovative. As project management risk advisor collaborating with the property lending team of a major UK bank, he played a key role in moving industry project monitoring from a cost to a risk focus. For two decades, he advised funders and investors on project risk. Specialising in supporting projects to financial close, a notable contract risk role was taking Wembley Stadium to financial close. During his FA Wembley secondment, he became interested in stakeholder engagement. This interest was pursued by pioneering new techniques of stakeholder engagement in setting up the British Library’s Additional Storage Programme.
Stephen understands risk profiling. Seconded to HM Treasury’s OGC, he advised on risk profiling contract forms and the selection of government endorsed standard construction contracts.
A career changing experience took place advising the lead funder on Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium when the main contactor collapsed through failure to understand the project’s contractual risks and it embarked on flawed adversarial dispute resolution. This so profoundly affected Stephen that he became interested in ADR. Following his CEDR mediator training he became convinced of the value of early mediation within project management. A year later he was a cofounder of ResoLex.