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Steve Rowsell BSc CEng MICE MIHT MCIPS

Steve RowsellSteve Rowsell is a well known figure in the construction industry and has over 34 years experience in major project delivery. This includes senior roles at the Highways Agency and Crossrail Limited, and procurement related expert witness work.

From July 2007 Steve has undertaken the Head of Procurement role on an interim basis for the £15.9billion Crossrail project. His main tasks have been to develop the procurement strategy and to lead the procurement of early contracts such as the Programme Partner, Project Delivery Partner and design frameworks. The responsibilities have included the management of the work needed to obtain approval through the OGC Gateway and the HM Treasury’s Major Projects Review Group procedures.

From 2000 to April 2007 Steve was the Highways Agency’s Procurement Director. He was responsible for developing and implementing its new procurement strategy for delivery of the Government’s £2billion per annum strategic road construction and maintenance programme. The resulting strategy document, Delivering Best Value Solutions and Services, was published in 2001 and became highly influential and internationally recognised for its successful results.

The success of the Highways Agency’s approach to procurement resulted in Steve leading the new Change Agent role given to the Highways Agency by Sir Peter Gershon in his 2004 Efficiency Review. This involved working with Local Authorities to help to improve their procurement methods and achieve the challenging new efficiency targets.

Gary Wright BEng CEng MICE MIHT

Gary WrightGary Wright has over 17 years experience in public and private sector construction activities. This has included over 12 years working for the Highways Agency on major capital projects and playing a lead role in the development of innovative procurement processes.

With Rowsell Wright Gary has provided advice to the Northern Ireland Roads Service in the role of Procurement Director for the £750million A5 Western Transport Corridor project. This has included the development of the procurement strategy and the management of the pre-qualification and tendering procedures. The approach has incorporated a number of innovative features including a new form of integrated working, group incentives and the first use of electronic tendering by Roads Service.

At Crossrail, Gary has undertaken the role of Procurement Advisor and developed the selection procedures and incentivisation mechanisms for the delivery partner contracts. Gary was responsible for managing the delivery partner procurement process under the Utilities Contracts Regulations negotiated procedures.

From August 2004 to February 2007, Gary was the National Business Improvement Director for Birse Civils Ltd. As part of this role, Gary led the development of a new supply chain strategy and the associated policies, processes and systems. The process change projects that led to cost savings of around £1million per annum.

From 2001 to 2004 Gary was the Highways Agency’s Supply Chain Manager and was instrumental in the development of a new approach to major schemes procurement and supplier selection. This included leading the development of the Highways Agency’s Capability Assessment Toolkit (CAT) and best value tendering.


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