EXPERT ADVISORY

Andrew Baird - Founder and Chairman

ANDREW BAIRD                                         Linkedin icon

Founder & Chairman

PrEng, CEng, FICE, FSAICE

Andrew qualified as a civil engineer and has been a member of the London based NEC drafting Panel since its inception in 1993. He is acknowledged in all of the NEC documents for his part in their drafting and has been presenting seminars and training workshops on the NEC system since 1995 in many countries.

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ZOLA HLATSHWAYO                                              Linked in icon

Director

BSc, PGDip, MSc

Zola holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from University of Cape Town, South Africa. She started her career in 1997 and has experience in development and enforcement of environmental legislation, community based natural resources management, environmental impact assessment, heritage site management, waste management, energy infrastructure, entrepreneurship and project management with respect to fast track multidisciplinary energy projects.

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Shireen Crosson

SHIREEN CROSSON                                                 Linked in icon

Director

BA, MBA

Shireen has enjoyed a long and successful career in both the public and private sectors (IT, financial, chemical and transport). She is highly experienced in funding applications, human capital management, stakeholder engagement and general management with oversight of internal audit, knowledge management, governance, risk and compliance.

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Mile Sofijanic                                          Linked in icon

Managing Director

PrEng, BSc, AMICE,  AAArb NECReg

Mile completed his studies in Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina), then moved to Southern Africa in 1992 and South Africa in 1994. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in South Africa since 1998. An astute executive manager and professional engineer with close to 30 years in a range of managerial positions in the Engineering and Construction Industry in Europe, Africa and the US.

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Mile Sofijanic Managing Director
Joseph Keogh Director

Joseph Keogh                                           Linked in icon

Director

BSc, MRICS, FAArb, AMSAICE

A chartered quantity surveyor, arbitrator, adjudicator and commercial mediator with over 25 years’ experience in engineering construction projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Canada and Australia as Operations Director of Kentz Corporation PLC. Joseph was responsible for both commercial and operations management of all African  construction projects, portfolio + R3bn, inclusive of all Oil & Gas, Power, Mining & Infrastructure projects.

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PETER HIGGINS                                                          Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – NEC

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering,  Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Peter is one of the founding directors of pdConsult, a UK consultancy organisation providing strategic advice, contract procurement, management and dispute resolution services to the construction industry. He has a background in civil engineering, building and landscape with working experience in the UK, Africa, Europe and in the Middle and Far East.

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Peter Higgins
Dr RAJ RAINA

Dr RAJ RAINA                                                              Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Business Strategy

B.Tech Elec Eng, Strategic Management & Emerging Markets; PhD Strategic Management

Raj is an executive and international faculty with over 25 years of experience in diverse eco-systems and countries with a proven track record in assisting start-ups, small and large organizations in achieving their mandates.  He focuses on effective collaboration and persuasion rooted in continuing conversations with the entrepreneurs and C-Suite executives to create a clear focus on overcoming key challenges to build and scale up new businesses.

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MAHDI GOODARZI                                    Linked in icon

Associate – Project Management

Industrial Eng., MBA, PMP, Accredited NEC3 Professional

Mahdi is an Industrial Engineer studied in Middle East, with a Master of Business Administration from University of Cumbria (UK) and has worked in many projects in Middle East and Southern Africa in different industries of Oil and Gas, Power and Energy, Pipelines, Petrochemical and Infrastructure. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Control specialist, Risk Analyst and Forensic Planning expert with an extensive experience of actively serving construction projects for more than 15 years. 

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MAHDI GOODARZI
Elvis Pillay

Elvis Pillay                                                 Linked in icon

Associate – Quality & Compliance

Elvis has held various senior roles in Quality Assurance and Control in a successful career spanning over 20 years. The majority of his tenure has been spent supporting large and mega projects in the fast track Oil & Gas, Mining and Power sectors with tier-1 engineering contractors. His key strengths include quality management, project evaluation, process improvement, project life cycle methodologies, supplier management, quality management systems, processes, standards and business management systems.

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PAUL VESTER                                                              Linked in icon

Associate – Capital Projects Commercial

Specialist (Hons) QS, PrQS, PMAQS, IACCM, Green Star AP (New Buildings)

Paul is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor with over 22 years post graduate experience as a quantity surveyor, commercial manager and contracts manager in both engineering and building projects. Paul has delivered successful projects and programmes in the Energy, Industrial, Transport, Leisure, Healthcare and Commercial Building Sectors in both Southern Africa and the Middle East.

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Paul Vester
David Edwards

DAVID EDWARDS                         Linked in icon

Associate – Expert Risk & Program Management

MBA University of Liverpool

David is a PRMP qualified Risk Management Expert who also holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool.  He has evaluated project, program and enterprise risk on a wide range of projects that included mega projects assurance reviews, procurement process, maturity assessments, enterprise optimisation and re-organisation, contract claims assessment as well as M&A integrations.

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Dr RON WATERMEYER                                        Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Construction Procurement

BSc Eng, Civil Engineering, DEng

Ron is currently a director of Infrastructure Options (Pty) Ltd. He worked for South African Transport Services as a Site Engineer and a Structural Design Engineer between 1978 and 1988. He then worked up until 2013 for Soderlund and Schutte, a firm of civil and structural consulting engineers.

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Ron Watermeyer
Ivan Vos

IVAN VOS                                                                      Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – JBCC & GCC 

BSc (Eng) (Civil) Wits; CMP, Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town

Ivan graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1971, registered as a professional engineer in 1976 and is a member of the SAICE.  In 1980 he attended the Construction Management Programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

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PAUL CHESHIRE                                                        Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Oil and Gas

Paul has led some of the most complex and fast track projects undertaken in the region for Kentz Corporation in recent years. These include FT Wax Expansion Project in Sasolburg (Phase 1 and 2) and Sasol Gas Heated Heat Exchange Reformer Expansion Project in Secunda.

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Paul Cheshire
Dr ANTJE BERLIN

Dr ANTJE BERLIN                                                     Linked in icon

Associate – Executive Coaching

BBA (Bus Admin) TU Berlin, Germany,  MA (Journalism) UNC Chapel Hill, USA, PhD (Comms Science) Vienna, Austria

Antje is a certified Professional Integral Coach (PCC) through the Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Antje is PCC credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She offers executive coaching, facilitation and mentor coaching, as well as coach supervision for colleagues, and virtual leadership training via webinars.

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KIM DENNILL                                                               Linked in icon

Associate – Project Management & Proposals

BSc (Chemical engineering), PMP, Sasol Executive Development Programme (GIBS)

Kim is a Project Manager with over 19 years of experience in diverse roles in  an engineering, procurement and construction industry. She has experience managing a full spectrum of scopes ranging from Conceptual Studies, Basic Engineering to Detailed Engineering and Procurement Packages, predominantly in the Petrochemical Industry in South Africa and Zambia.

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Kim Dennill
Dr Kelvin Kemm

Dr KELVIN KEMM                                                     Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Energy & Business Strategy    

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Nuclear Physics)

Kelvin has over 30 years experience dealing with a wide and diverse spectrum of companies and systems. This ranges from technical operations such as Cement Making, Mining, Vehicle Manufacture, Pharmaceuticals, Heavy Engineering, Electronics, through to Banking Systems, Property Development, Harbour Design and General Systems Design and Implementation.

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HARVEY GALLIARD                                                Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Insulation, Cladding & Scaffolding

Harvey is a highly experienced commercial executive with over 40 years experience in the scaffolding, insulation and industrial painting industries. Harvey’s experience includes pricing Hot and Cold Insulation, Scaffolding, Industrial Corrosion Protection, Cladding of structures and Internal Lining of tanks and vessels. 

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Harvey Galliard
Helga Hugo

HELGA HUGO                                                              Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Legal Expert

Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm (B. Comm) – University of Pretoria; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – University of Pretoria; Admitted as an Attorney to the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)

Helga is a qualified Attorney with a career spanning 20 years. Helga uses her decades of considerable wide range of experience to deploy workable and risk averse solutions to complex contractual challenges.

Her indepth understanding of legal governance, combined with her financial expertise delivers sound solutions to clients in both the planning and implementation stages of the product lifecycle. 

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CHRISTIAN DUMAS                                                Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Commercial & Contract Specialist

Christian has over 30 years of experience in project controls and contractual/commercial functions working in Tier-1 SMEIP/EPC companies in various market sectors including Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Water, Buildings and Infrastructure.

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Chris Dumas
Johan Louw

JOHAN LOUW                                                             Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Fourth Industrial Revolution

BSc Eng Chem (SU) ; Management of Technology (Honours) from Pretoria University.

Johan is a dynamic business leader and management specialist with extensive experience in the technical, commercial and management processes in business with a unique interest in developing human-machine partnerships that leverage human capital value.

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STEVEN GOLDING                                                    Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Project Advisory & Digitalization 

Pr Eng (Mech)

Steven started his career in Iron Ore Mining operations at Thabazimbi, South Africa. While heading perations for the open cast haul truck fleet Steven focused on specialist predictive maintenance methods and tribology research, dramatically reducing operations costs.

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Steven Golding
LUNA JEVREMOVIC

LUNA JEVREMOVIC                                               Linked in icon

Associate – Financial Analyst

BCom(Hons); FAPM

Luna is a financial analyst and management consultant. She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has lived with her family in Botswana, Canada, and most recently South Africa. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics and Management Studies from the University of Cape Town in 2015, and went on to complete her honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management, also from the University of Cape Town, in 2017.

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Dr SHIRLEY MAHLASE                                          Linked in icon

Expert Consultant – Organisational Development & Learning 

B.A.Paed, B.Ed, (University of the North), M.Ed (University of Birmigham, UK), Ph.D Sociology of Education (University of Cambridge, UK) 

Shirley is an accredited learning programmes developer, moderator and assessor with the Education, Training & Development Practises Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA).  She is well known as a thought leader with an innovative strategic approach and a track record for generating ideas for programmes, processes, enterprises or assignments that has yielded great success for organisations.

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Dr SHIRLEY MAHLASE
Mbali Mbuli

MBALI MBULI                                                              Linked in icon

Associate – Contract Training

MRICS FAArb

Mbali has worked successfully in the construction and developments sector for over 18 years on a diverse range of multi discipline projects. She possesses extensive experience in quantity surveying, contractual management and dispute resolution. Mbali holds a degree in Construction Studies and has also attained an Executive Master of Business Administration degree.

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JACQUES WILKEN                                                   Linked in icon

Associate – Quantity Surveyor & Cost Engineer

Jacques is a senior structural, piping, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation quantity surveyor and cost engineer with over 20 years-experience gained on fast-track multi-discipline projects in the Oil & Gas, Metals and Mining, Food & Beverage, Water and Infrastructure sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Jacques Wilken
Nicholas McCarthy

NICHOLAS McCARTHY                                       Linked in icon

Associate – Project Lead

Senior Trade Certificate, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology

Nicholas is vastly experienced in the execution of mega projects with respect to electrical, instrumentation, process automation controls, PLC commission and start-up with over 30 plus years working on some of the largest and complex engineering construction projects in Africa, South America and Europe. He has successfully led and delivered projects in the Mining, Oil and Gas, Water, Metals and Mining and Infrastructure.

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FRANS JOOSTE                                                          Linked in icon

Associate – Project Lead

Masters Degree – Management of Technology (University of Pretoria) 

Frans is a Senior Project Manager / Engineering Manager with experience in multidisciplinary projects. Frans worked in Electrical Consultancy, Electrification Projects, Petrochemical and Power Station environments. He holds registrations as Professional Engineer (ECSA) and Professional Construction Project Manager (SACPCMP) and has mentored many young professionals to registration as professional engineers.

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Frans Jooste
Zdravko Kuruzovic

ZDRAVKO KURUZOVIC                                       Linked in icon

Associate – Forensic Delay Analysis

Diploma Project Management Wits University 

Zdravko has 10+ years of broad-based project controls expertise with forensic specialisation; experience in identifying & supporting factual analysis of delays to support expert report & testimony for the benefit of the clients.He is a diversified, multi-lingual forensic delay analyst & forensic planner with expertise in managing projects and cross-functional teams to consistently meet key client deliverables across multiple industries & commodities.

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MICHAEL NEVES                                                         Linked in icon

Associate – Senior Project Lead

BSc Construction Management – University of Pretoria; PMP

Michael is qualified Project Manager (PMP) registered with the Project Management Institute and holds a diploma in project management from the University of Pretoria. He is a Project & Construction Manager with two decades experience in the engineering and construction industry, specifically in the Resources & Industrial, Power & Energy, Oil & Gas and Paper & Pulp sectors.

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Michael Neve
Joel Gilbert

JOEL GILBERT

Associate – Lead Planner                                        Linked in icon

NTC – Mechanical Engineering

Joel is a Lead Project Planner and Scheduler with 10 years machine shop planning experience and 31 years M.E.I.P planning and scheduling experience on projects in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Central America.

Sector experience includes Mining, Steel Plants, Oil & Gas and Power Plant projects, having worked for some of the biggest construction companies on EPCM and PCM projects.

WILLEM VAN DER MERWE                               Linked in icon

Senior Associate – Contract Management

BSc (QS), PrQS, PMAQS, Dip PM

Willem has been providing professional contract management services successfully to the construction industry for over a period of 30 years. He has been involved in a wide spectrum of projects, where he has gained substantial experience with regards to solving problems and delivering innovative solutions. He has provided contracts, commercial, cost/claim management and assurance services to several projects and blue-chip clients, either directly, or in the capacity of managing a team of multi-skilled professionals.

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Willem van der Merwe Senior Associate – Contract Management
Danny Eastes

DANNY EASTES                                                          Linked in icon

Associate – HSE Leader

BSc & Associate’s Degree Occupational Safety, Health and Hygiene OHSA Ashwood University Dubai

Danny Eastes is a senior health safety and environmental executive manager and advisor with over 20 years professional experience working for some of the largest engineering construction companies in the region. Dany is vastly experienced in risk management and HSE policies, procedures, best practice, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 management systems.

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HELEN ANDREWS                                                    Linked in icon

Associate – Operations Manager

Helen has significant experience from a range of leading companies in South Africa, including Unilever, Greenly’s and Experian.  Helen also worked as the Regional Manager for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where during 14-year tenure, she led the various aspects of the organisation including professional assessment for Sub-Saharan Africa during which time she more than doubled the institutions professional membership.

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Helen Andrews
Gershwyn Kay

GERSHWYNN KAY                                             Linked in icon

Associate – Lead Design and Auto-Cad Operator

Gershwynn has over 15-years’ experience, in similar roles in complex fast track engineering and construction projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. He has successfully undertaken structural steel, isometric piping routing and mechanical construction designs. Gershwynn has also deputised in field engineering positions, pipe draughtsman, piping supervisor and as engineering manager.
 
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VICTORIA BALOYI                                                    Linked in icon

Associate – Proposals Manager

Dip Business Administration, MCSE

Victoria has worked for a large Multinational Engineering and Construction companies in various proposal, tendering and business development roles where she developed a detailed understanding of tendering and project development process.  Victoria has over 10 years relevant experience on a diverse range of multi discipline projects. She has proven experience in the follow key sectors: Power, Water, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas and Mining.

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Victoria Baloyi Proposals Manager
Dianne Reddy

DIANNE REDDY                                            Linked in icon

Associate – Project Manager 

BSc Chemical Engineering

Dianne commenced her career as a production engineer in the automotive industry and progressed to project management in oil & gas and power sectors.  Dianne is thus a highly experienced project and construction management professional with hands-on delivery capability for complex and/or mega capital projects.

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FRANCOIS CLOETE                                            Linked in icon

Associate – NEC Contract Manager 

BSc (QS), PrQS

Francois is an experienced senior professional quantity surveyor specialising in commercial management of major to mega projects. Latter career path led to dispute resolution through negotiations, arbitration and a supreme court case. Experience in all major sectors of infrastructure, commercial and services buildings, process plants and hydro electrical generation and distribution projects.

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Francois Cloete
Raoul de Sousa

RAOUL DE SOUZA                                        Linked in icon

Associate – NEC Contract Manager

QS

Raoul has almost  20 years of successful experience in project controls, contractual and commercial management working with Tier 1 multinational constructors such as Kentz Corporation PLC and SNC Lavalin. He has been involved in many fast-track multidiscipline projects within the Oil & Gas, Power and mining sectors. 

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CASSIM HANSA                                           Linked in icon

Associate – Subject Matter Expert: Engineering Insurance

BSc (Civil), MBA

Cassim Hansa is a professional civil engineer and MBA graduate (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.) with experience in both the Engineering and Re/Insurance Industries, in both the African and US markets.

He developed considerable experience in the local engineering industry, including the construction sector and design consultancy sectors of heavy civil engineering.

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Cassim Hansa

DIRECTORS

Andrew Baird

Founder & Chairman

PrEng, CEng, FICE, FSAICE

Zola Hlatshwayo

Director

BSc, PGDip, MSc

Shireen Crosson

Director

BA, MBA

Joseph Keogh

Director

BSc, MRICS, FAArb, AMSAICE

ECS Associates Directors

Mile Sofijanic

Managing Director

PrEng, BSc, AMICE,  AAArb NECReg

ASSOCIATES

 

Willem van der Merwe

Contract Management

 

Mahdi Goodarzi

Project Management Training

 

Elvis Pillay

Quality & Compliance

 

Paul Vester

Capital Projects Commercial Specialist

 

David Edwards

Expert Risk & Program Management

 

Dr Antje Berlin

Executive Coaching

 

Nicholas McCarthy

Project Lead

 

Michael Neves 

Senior Project Lead

 

Gershwynn Kay

Lead Design and Auto-Cad Operator

 

Dianne Reddy

Project Manager

 

Francois Cloete

NEC Contract Manager

ASSOCIATES

 

Kim Dennill

Project Management & Proposals

 

Mbali Mbuli

Contract Training 

 

Zdravko Kuruzovic

Forensic Delay Analysis

 

Jacques Wilken

Quantity Surveyor & Cost Engineer

 

Luna Jevremovic

Financial Analyst

 

Danny Eastes

HSE Leader

 

Helen Andrews

Operational Manager

 

Frans Jooste

Project Lead

 

Joel Gilbert 

Lead Planner

 

Victoria Baloyi

Proposals Manager

 

Raoul de Souza 

NEC Contract Manager

 

Cassim Hansa

Subject Matter Expert – Engineering Insurance

EXPERT CONSULTANTS

 

Shirley Mahlase

Organisational Development & Learning 

 

Peter Higgins

NEC

 

Dr Raj Raina

Business Strategy

 

Dr Ron Watermeyer

Construction Procurement

 

Ivan Vos

JBCC & GCC

 

Paul David Cheshire

Oil & Gas

 

EXPERT CONSULTANTS

 

Dr Kelvin Kemm

Energy & Business Strategy    

 

Harvey Galliard

Insulation, Cladding & Scaffolding

 

Helga Hugo

Legal Expert

 

Christian Dumas

Commercial & Contract Specialist

 

Johan Louw

 Fourth Industrial Revolution

 

Steven Golding

 Project Advisory & Digitalization 

 

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