Charles has extensive experience in construction, steel fabrication and asset management; predominantly design and build (D&B) and PPPs. His involvement with PPPs has covered structuring, bidding and contracts; design and cost planning; construction and commissioning; O&M and life-cycle; and dispute resolution. Projects have included hospitals, schools and prisons; major bridges; motorways; hi-speed rail; and district energy. D&Bs have included shopping centres; multi-storeys including offices, hotels and apartments; industrial including factories, processing plants, grain terminals and mining infrastructures. With ‘D&B’ delivery, Charles’ career focus has always been on ‘performance contracting’, completing on-time and on-budget, based on very detailed planning, specifications, cost estimates and Contract Terms in order to minimise variations and cost increases for the clients and to avoid disputes.
Charles has worked in the U.K., Europe, Australia, NZ, Canada, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Chile, South Africa and Rwanda, gaining an understanding of the different cultural and business practices in these countries. Since 2001 Charles has specialised in PPPs, with involvement in more than 60 projects in 9 countries. He has undertaken appointments in several countries as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Dispute Board Member, Expert Determiner, Expert Witness and Neutral Negotiator.
Currently, Charles’ main activities are consulting on infrastructure and PPP risk management and undertaking infrastructure dispute resolution. He has written several publications on these topics and is a regular university guest lecturer and conference speaker.