Decipher welcomes three more members to the team in 2020
Over the last 12 months our team has continued to grow. In this article, we introduce you to three new members of staff, Rob Law-Brown, Anthony Hayes and Roy Bingley.
Manager: Forensic Delay
Robert has extensive experience focussed on planning and programming. Having spent over thirty-five years in construction, Rob has worked in numerous fields throughout his career which began in engineering surveying in Her Majesty’s Forces. Over the years he has taken engineering positions on large scale infrastructure and power generation projects.
Robert specialises in dispute resolution. Across his career he has undertaken many assignments in relation to claims preparation and retrospective delay analysis for adjudication and arbitration. This work has seen him work on high profile disputes including the Panama Canal extension, the European Pressurised Reactor in Finland, hydroelectric plants in Ethiopia and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Rob joined Decipher in July 2020 as Manager: Forensic Delay, to support the directors in their expert appointments. His role also requires him to help develop the wider team in a coaching & mentoring role and manage the planning resources deployed to assist clients with their claim preparation and submissions.
Decipher presented the ideal opportunity for the latest stage in Rob’s career. Having considered other opportunities in the UK, Rob says he was looking to join a dynamic yet balanced team of talent and skills able to take on each and every fielded challenge by its clients.
Manager: Commercial & Quantum
Roy is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Building, with 46 years quantity surveying and contract administration experience. When Roy left school, he wanted to work in construction/engineering. So, when Taylor Woodrow offered him a job on the demolition of central Manchester to build the Arndale Centre, he accepted and was placed in the QS department.
Once he had some exposure to the construction industry, Roy felt that quantity surveying would be a better fit for his skills. The role also has the added benefit that he could choose to stay in the office or go out on site in the cold and rain. Roy says he enjoys being a QS, even if nobody you meet socially has a clue what you do!
Roy progressed within the building construction, civil engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering sectors over the course of four decades. In this time, Roy has managed contractual and commercial administration on a wide diversity of projects.
A particular highlight was a project he was working on just before joining the team at Decipher – the NEMO link. This was a sub-sea cable between the UK and Belgium. Everything about the project was fascinating. The cost of the work, the equipment used, dealing with shipwrecks, unexploded bombs, bad weather, trawler owners damaging the cables, working in Brussels, working with colleagues from the Belgium, Holland and Japan. But most of all Belgian beer and chocolate!
Roy initially began working for Decipher in 2019 on a consultancy basis but joined as an employee earlier this year to manage the quantity surveying team. Though maybe a little corny, his favourite thing about working with Decipher, is the team. He says, “There is a positive vibe in Decipher that has kept us going through all the COVID problems faced so far. Of all the many companies I have worked for over the past 47 years I can’t think of any better company or people I could have been working with this year.”
Anthony started his career in construction working as a document controller part time whilst at university. When he graduated in 2008, he took up the role full time. During this time, Anthony shared a small office with the planning manager. Within a few months of going full time he moved into the planning team.
For the next four years, Anthony worked as an assistant site planer doing a bit of site management. He spent most of his time on site and writing progress reports for projects in sectors including science and research, pharmaceutical and waste to energy plants.
In 2012 Anthony took his first role as lead planner on a £25m project in Manchester. Anthony spent the following year working on claims and delay analysis. It was at this point he decided to study an MSc in construction law and dispute resolution.
In 2015, Anthony went to work on a large-scale high technology project in Oregon USA. There he developed programme for a £1 Billion project to be built just outside of Dublin Ireland. On this project Anthony began to become interested in 4D planning.
The following year he worked as lead planner on a smaller scale high technology project in Catania (Italy) worth £40m.
Then in 2017 he moved to Ireland. Initially Anthony worked on a fast track £400m Semi-conductor (a factory where they make microprocessors for computers) as the project controls manager Following the completion of the above project the next, larger $4bn project started.
When Anthony’s first child was born six months into this project, he decided to move back to the UK making the decision to leave Exyte/M+W having been there 12 years.
He took a role as project controls manager for a small team at Astra Zeneca in Macclesfield for the pre-construction phase of a £150M pharmaceutical plant where he spent the next six months.
Back in 2016, after completing his construction law MSc Anthony had started to look for delay analyst roles. He had found he was much more interested with contracts and delay work. However, the move was difficult without experience in the sector.
Decipher took Anthony on just under a year ago and he has been a valuable member of the team since then.