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This timely conference addresses all angles of contract management, performance monitoring and dispute resolution in PPP and PFI projects . Experts and Government representatives from outside as well as within the UK will examine the public-private relationships across the major sectors and look at what 2009 holds. Illustrated by topical case studies, delegates will be offered the chance to learn first-hand from the experiences of those who have experienced and resolved the problems of the public private partnership to create a prosperous working relationship. Key organisational representatives from the 4Ps and the National Audit Office will update you on central issues such as delivering value for money and sector support, and a panel session will address that all in important issue of the impact of the credit crunch upon PPP/PFI projects. SMi's 4th annual 'Contract management, Performance Monitoring & Dispute Resolution for PPP/PFI Projects' conference will earn you CPD points in a stimulating and lively environment.

KEY TOPICS INCLUDE:

• The impact of the Credit Crunch
• Methods of dispute prevention and dispute resolution
• How PFI/PPP can deliver value for money
• Methods of performance monitoring

And much more including excellent case studies!

CPD ACCREDITED

HEAR from leading experts in contract management

LEARN about contract management and performance monitoring across the sectors

UPDATE yourself on new methods of dispute resolution

REVIEW cutting edge case studies from local authorities

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: FLEXIBILTY IN A CHANGING WORLD: CAN PFI DELIVER VALUE FOR MONEY?

James Robertson

James Robertson, Chief Economist and Director PFI Value for Money Studies, National Audit Office

• Getting good value for money as the operational phase unfolds
• Maintaining good value for money in long-term contracts
• Getting good value for money responding to inevitable changes in service requirements

9:50 SPECIAL ADDRESS: 4PS SUPPORT FOR OPERATIONAL PROJECTS

David Locke

David Locke, Director, 4ps

• Benchmarking and market testing
• Contract variations
• Contract management
• Payment mechanism
• Contract disputes
• Operational project reviews and sector support

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 CASE STUDY: MAKING THE RELATIONSHIP WORK

• Forming a trusting contract
• Developing a solid partnership approach
• Maintaining communication
• Turning the relationship into joint successful delivery
Caine Spence

Caine Spence, Street Lighting and Highway Signs Manager, South Tyneside Council

Philip Jordan

Philip Jordan, BBIS Street Lighting - Regional Manager North East, Balfour Beatty Ltd

11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: THE IMPACT OF THE CREDIT CRUNCH ON PPP/PFI PROJECTS

• The practicalities of refinancing
• The impact of revised asset valuations
• Exchange rate considerations and hedging
• Unbalanced portfolios within the supply base, especially long term property deals
• The role of PPP/PFIs in Public Sector efficiency improvements
• The effect of the labour market and key posts.

Allen Knight

Allen Knight, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

Caine Spence

Caine Spence, Street Lighting and Highway Signs Manager, South Tyneside Council

Philip Jordan

Philip Jordan, BBIS Street Lighting - Regional Manager North East, Balfour Beatty Ltd

Nicholas Gould

Nicholas Gould, Partner, Fenwick Elliott Llp

Jimmy McGuinnes

Jimmy McGuinnes, PPP Project Manager, East Lothian Council

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 DIRECT EXPERIENCE FROM THE SWANS PROJECT IN EAST LOTHIAN, SCOTLAND

Jimmy McGuinnes

Jimmy McGuinnes, PPP Project Manager, East Lothian Council

• Overview of the SWANS project and its success
• Understanding between client and engineers
• The role of advisors in a healthy partnership
• Different types of partnership for different projects
 

14:10 CASE STUDY: SUSSEX POLICE CENTRALISED CUSTODY SUITES

Andrew Mowle

Andrew Mowle, Business Support & PFI Manager, Sussex Police

 • Introduction to the project
• The role of private finance
• Meeting best value initiative requirements and ensuring continual improvement in service quality
• Success so far and advice for other police forces

14:50 MANAGING CONTRACTS WITHIN THE NHS

Trevor Payne

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates & Facilities, University College Hospital NHS Trust

• New problems with benchmarking

• Dealing with rising utility costs

• Making leeway for new technologies

• Maintaining a long-term contract

15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Close of Day One and Afternoon Tea

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Allen Knight

Allen Knight, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS: IMPROVING THE CUSTOMER/SUPPLIER INTERFACE IN UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC TIMES

• Applying process mapping techniques to the interface
• Streamlining the interface to reduce management overheads
• Reviewing risk between the parties and stemming migration
• Exploring appetite and practicality of innovative ways of working
• Examining the impact of personal relationships: friends or merely friendly?
Allen Knight

Allen Knight, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson, Director, Berkshire Consultancy

9:50 SELF MONITORING CONTRACTS

Roland Shaw

Roland Shaw, Development Director, HOCHTIEF Facility Management UK Ltd.

• What makes self-monitoring a good choice?
• Which kind of PPP/PFI projects does the method best suite?
• How much monitoring is required?
• Role of trust in the contractual relationship

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 CASE STUDY: PERFORMANCE MONITORING AND BENCHMARKING AT PPP/PFI PILOT PROJECTS – CROATIAN MODEL

Sasa Marenjak

Sasa Marenjak, Head of PPP Knowledge Centre, Croatian Institute for Bridge and Structural Engineering

• Case study: Two new PFI sports halls
• Case study: New football stadium
• Whole life cost context
• Potential applications of lessons learnt elsewhere

11:40 GRANT THRONTON UK SESSION - TOPIC TBC

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson, Director, Grant Thornton Uk Llp

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 CASE STUDY: ROTHERHAM’S NEW LEISURE CENTRE

Derrick Connolly

Derrick Connolly, Project Director , Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

•  Planning requirements before going to the Market
•  Funding
•  Initial benchmarking of costs
• Changes to requirements in view of feedback from the Market
•  The invitation to negotiate and organising documentation appropriate to this stage
•  Building a solid contract and working relationship with contractors before work begins
•  Learning from previous mistakes and incorporating the lessons
• Any difficulties faced and how they were overcome
• Getting the best out of the contract
• The success of the Leisure Centres
• Contract Monitoring and Effective Maintenance of the Centres

14:10 DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold, Senior Associate, Contentious Construction, Shadbolt & Co Llp

• Impact of credit crunch on number of disputes
• Contractual provisions for dispute resolution
• Disputes in different types of contracts and projects
• Examples

14:50 DISPUTE PREVENTION

Nicholas Gould

Nicholas Gould, Partner, Fenwick Elliott Llp

• How to involve a lawyer from the beginning
• Drawing up a solid contract from the start
• Maintaining a healthy partnership
• Solving small scale conflicts before they become large scale

15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

15:40 Afternoon Tea

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The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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