Contracts and Commercial Director

Last Updated: 21st December 2018 (over 3 years ago)

United Arab Emirates


Phone Number


Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level

English, Hindi, Punjabi


I am a well rounded, multi-lingual, experienced and disciplined team player with a career that developed. starting from Main Contracting, senior level positions with PMC and QS Consulting practices and as the Client. I have represented my stakeholders and clients at the highest client senior management to ministerial levels.
My strengths lie in being able to work effectively and efficiently in multicultural environments whilst and being able to develop strong relationships with clients, consultants and contractors and mediate between all parties from multiple geographical and cultural backgrounds. I thrive on supporting my stakeholders and clients with providing solutions to overcome even the most difficult challenges on developments whilst maintaining international best practices at all times.
I am experienced in leading large multidisciplinary cost, project and construction management functions and have a strong knowledge and appreciation of cost, commercial and project management functions for the successful delivery of a development.
As a senior director capable of representing clients, consulting and contracting organisations, I pride myself on developing and maintaining a positive, motivated, focused teams of project and support staff. I hold myself accountable for the performance of my teams, quality of service, business plan, delivery strategy from both strategic and service delivery levels to effectively develop, manage and maintain sustainable growth of the business whilst maintaining the highest levels of integrity and ethics.
I promote “out-of-the-box” and innovative thinking to investigate and provide solutions to challenges considering the uniqueness and individuality of each challenge presented and the particular conditions and circumstances that give rise to the respective challenges.
Experienced in Project, Commercial and Cost Management in a variety of development sectors including Healthcare, Residential, Hospitality, Resorts, Commercial, Mega/Large Scale mixed use developments, Roads, Bridges & Infrastructure, Utilities, Oil & Gas and Airports for both public and private sector clients.


B.Sc. (Honours) Civil Engineering Commercial Management

   Sep 1995
— Aug 1996

One Year Top-Up Degree after completing HND in Civil Engineering Quantity Surveying

HND Civil Engineering Quantity Surveying

   Sep 1992
— Aug 1995


Commercial Director

   Jan 2017
— Current

Responsible for introducing and developing contracts and commercial processes, change management and contracts administration procedures into the business and managing implementation thereof.
Responsible for implementation of project budgets and costs management tools and systems with cost budget and commercial reporting to the management board.
Responsible for all consultancy and works contracts procurement, negotiations, awards and administration and management of external design, project and cost management consultants’, works contracts and other appointments, services and deliverables.
Support the Executive Board on all cost and commercial aspects from inception, design and construction of projects.

Director of Contracts

   May 2016
— Dec 2016

Part of the management team of a new start-up Project and Cost Management Consultancy Services in the Middle East region whilst providing corporate and project teams with Contracts and Commercial support in establishment of the business and on key client accounts.

Commercial Director

   Jun 2013
— Apr 2016

Providing Sweett Group (MENA) project teams with Contracts and Commercial support and leadership on key client accounts and projects in the GCC region whilst leading establishment of new offices in the region as per the MENA expansion and diversity strategy.
Member of the regional management board, responsible for Sweett Groups introduction and expansion into the Sultanate of Oman and managing the operations and administration of the business, strategic planning and the overall Business Plan. Client account management, business development and organic growth in line with the Business Plan, legal and commercial administration, support services and resources, preparation and monitoring the business budgets, expenditures, cashflow, profitability, staff appointments and HR matters and business leadership in all aspects of management and operational matters.

Key Projects Experience:
Leading Sweett Groups teams as Commercial Director and key account manager on the following key Projects;
 Fakeeh Academic Medical Centre (FAMC), Dubai Silicon Oasis (Healthcare)
 Ras Al Hadd Development Project, Oman (Hospitality)
 Dubai Airport Engineering Projects (Airports & Infrastructure)
 Dubai Inn LLC – Rove Hotels Project (Hospitality)
 British Airways Lounge, Dubai International Airport
 Hilton Hotel, Colombo, Refurbishment Works Project (Hospitality)
 CMA Tower Project, Riyadh (Commercial High Rise G+85)
 Grand Hyatt, Beirut (Hospitality)
 Variety of commercial, hospitality and mixed use developments in UAE.

Supporting the MENA Management in all marketing, bidding and client establishment activities in line with the business development and marketing objectives to promote the planned growth and expansion strategy in the MENA Region whilst providing senior level contracts and commercial support to Sweett Group’s teams on several other projects across the GCC Region.

Director of Commercial Management

   Oct 2012
— May 2013

Director of Commercial Management for the Sahara Turner Constructions Limited (a Joint Venture company newly established between Turner Constructions and Sahara Prime City Limited (part of the Sahara Group) to develop the Sahara Prime Cities portfolio across India.
Reporting to the CEO, responsible for establishing and implementing international contracts, legal practices, procurement, cost planning/management and commercial management principles, processes and best practices across the business for the successful delivery of the Sahara Prime City townships across India and third party clients’ projects in India.
Responsible for integrating the Turner International and Sahara Prime City Limited teams to establish a cohesive nationwide contracts and commercial management team for the delivery of multiple missed use large scale developments across the nation.
As part of the senior management Sahara Turner Constructions Limited supporting the business to establish Operations Systems and practices for the effective management and administration of the business management systems, financial management, income/expenditure, profit and loss account management and overall business growth plan and implementation strategies.

Operations & Commercial Director

   Mar 2009
— Sep 2013

Resident Operations Director, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Resident Operations Director developing and leading the business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Responsible for the operation and administration of the business in the Kingdom, strategic planning and the overall Business Plan, client account management, business development and organic growth in line with the Business Plan.
Legal and commercial administration, support services and resources, preparation and monitoring the business budgets and expenditures and cashflow, staff appointments and HR matters, international board reports and business leadership in all aspects of management and operational matters.
Also responsible for all Project Management and Cost and Commercial Management Service Delivery for the business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including sourcing and deployment of staff.

Project Commercial Director – CMA Tower Project, KAFD, Riyadh, KSA
Iconic Capital Market Authority Tower (G+85 mega tower, Height Approx. 300m) reputed as the tallest commercial tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Responsible for full commercial aspects of the project supporting the client with the full spectrum of strategic and operational commercial aspects in the establishment and delivery of the Project. Responsibilities included advise and management of the project budgets, cashflow, procurement and contracting strategies for consultants and contract works. Leading the main and package construction contracts and consultants prequalification, procurement strategies and processes, preparation of all procurement documentation, negotiation of tenders and contracts terms & conditions, review and processing of interim payments, claims and advise to the client on all aspects of related contractual and commercial matters in the management of all the consultants and contractors accounts.

Senior Contracts Engineer

   Feb 2008
— Mar 2009

Member of Contracts Team responsible for all procurement of consultancy services and works contracts for the gas pipelines projects and key materials.

Responsibilities to MDE & DUSUP:
Client liaison with design team to update design progress.
Leading the preparation of Procurement Plans, supply chain prequalification & interviews, preparation and approval of Tender Lists for long lead materials, specialist equipment, consultancy and construction contracts.
Leading Contract Strategy (Lump Sum, Fixed Rates, Re-measureable, Target Cost, Activity Schedules, Milestone Bonuses, etc), preparation of BoQs, Tender Documents and Tender Evaluation Plans & Strategies.
Leading Review of Tenders, preparation of Tender Award Recommendation Reports and Contract Documentation long lead materials, specialist equipment, consultancy and construction contracts.
Leading negotiations of all Contract Terms & Conditions with supply chain for long lead materials, specialist equipment, consultancy and construction contracts.
Post-contract management of all contracts, manage change control procedures and processes, assessment and negotiation of variation accounts and claims up to final account of the Projects.

Designated Contract Engineer for key projects:
Dubai LNG Project – Construction of a floating LNG Import Terminal at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai consisting of jetty facility with mooring and breasting dolphins and unloading platform with loading arms, Mechanical & Electrical installations and approximately 1.5km subsea 20” pipeline installed by Horizontal Directional Drilling from main land to the jetty. Responsible for the procurement of the construction contract and for all long lead materials and specialist equipment supplied by DUSUP.

GCS Expansion & Additional Pipelines Project – Design and construction of the upgrade of existing GCS and installation of additional pipelines for the supply of gas and diesel through the Emirate of Dubai. Responsible for the procurement of the FEED and detailed engineering consultants, construction contracts and long lead materials to be provided by DUSUP.

Arabian Canal Pipelines Diversions – Design and construction of the diversions of DUSUP owned gas pipelines currently in the passage of the new Arabian Canal. Responsible for the procurement of the FEED and Detailed Engineering consultants, construction contracts and long lead materials to be provided by DUSUP.

Others – Other projects include minor works and projects related to the maintenance and upgrade of existing and new installations of pipelines, fence corridors, plants and control stations and associated DUSUP assets.

Associate Director

   Jun 2006
— Feb 2008

Part of the Dubai Business Unit Management team and key account manager for key clients responsible for Cost Management Services on largescale and complex developments.

Responsibilities to Currie & Brown:
Client account management in relation to review and negotiation of consultancy agreements on Cost and Commercial Services commissions.
Prepare and manage fee proposals, budgets, cost and income projections and overall profitability for Currie & Brown Agreements.
Manage all aspects of contract administration, change control, variations and claims preparation, negotiation and closure with clients.
Maintain close relationships with clients and other project and strategic stakeholders to maintain good team spirit and resolution of all matters affecting the performance of the team to provide high quality service in the interest of the Projects and overcome any challenges on behalf of both parties
Manage and enforce all internal HR procedures, Professional Development Reviews, training requirements and ensure general well being of the members of my teams. Review and plan resource requirements on my Projects.
Marketing and development of new client relationships, preparation of bids and fee proposals for new client and project opportunities.
Responsibilities to Clients:
Preparation of consultancy services procurement strategies, scope of services, advise and support to Client on Tender Evaluation Plans and methodologies for consultancy services for Architects, Lead Design and Engineering, specialist design services agreements and works contracts.
Preparation of consultancy services RFPs and works contracts tenders, managing tender queries and responses, tender evaluation, negotiation and award recommendations, preparation of contracts and agreements.
Support clients and consultants teams in updating and implementation of change management processes, review and negotiation of variations and claims and advise the client on all aspects of commercial and contractual liabilities and negotiations and administration of contracts and agreements up to final account.
Develop, maintain and report cost budget updates at key design intervals (Concept Design, Schematic Design and Detailed Design to Pre-Tender Estimates).
Preparation of Cost & Budget Updates reporting to the client on progress of all consultancy agreements, current design status of buildings and construction contract accounts.
Provide the client with cost and budget updates through the duration of the construction period and advise client on all aspects of commercial and contractual liabilities and negotiations with the construction contractors
Key projects experience
Yas Island, Race Day Hotels (Yas Island Abu Dhabi) - Project Commercial Director leading Currie & Brown’s pre and post contract commercial and cost management services on the prestigious part of the Abu Dhabi Formula One programme, Race Day Hotels Project Value of circa AED 4.5 billion.
Project scope included fast track design and construction 7 Race Day Hotels ranging from 6 Star signature hotel, two 5 Star, two 4 Star to two 3 Star Hotels.
The Lagoons (Dubai) - Key Account Manager and Project Commercial Director leading one of Currie & Brown’s largest teams on the prestigious Lagoons Project in Dubai (Currie & Brown element of the project valued at circa AED 14 billion) delivering full commercial and cost management services (Pre and Post Contract), procurement and post award management of all consultancy services agreements and construction contracts on behalf of the client.
Project scope under my remit included pre and post contract commercial and cost management service delivery and strategic advice on all aspects of commercial, cost planning and management aspects to the client team towards the delivery of up to 120 mid to high rise towers (including the iconic Dubai Towers (G-8(basements) plus G+90), Dubai) on ‘The Lagoons’, considered as one of the worlds largest construction projects at the time.
Unique mega scale projects with multiple consultants, multi-disciplinary scopes and construction elements, multiple contractors and delineations of scopes of services and works scopes and logistics, etc with a constantly dynamic and fluid sales and development plan to manage from all aspects of the development cycle.
Account manager on the Project including client liaison, client management, variations accounts and full contract administration, fees, income and profitability. Responsible for recruitment of staff and related staff management, leadership, training and continuous professional development

EC Harris LLP
Commercial Manager

   Aug 2004
— Jun 2006

Commercial Manager on the New Wembley Infrastructure Works Phase 1 Contract. Complicated urban infrastructure development in a high security environment. The project involved demolition of existing buildings, some of high dangerous amounts of asbestos, redirecting and construction of new roads and junctions, installation of various utilities all in a live sit with continuous public access and related changes. Contract Value circa £15 million. Form of Contract: ECC Option C Target Cost with Activity Schedule.
Responsible for pre and post contract cost, commercial and risk management and procurement and administration of the of the main contract procurement to final account.

Responsibilities to Client:
Full Commercial and Cost Management support and responsibility on behalf of the Client.
Manage risk management workshops with the Client, design and site construction teams.
Prepare and deliver regular cost budget updates to client through different design milestones.
Negotiate and finalise consultancy agreements for specialist features designers and suppliers.
Preparing Target Cost, negotiating of Target Cost and Preliminaries with the construction contract, lead drafting and negotiation of the Contract Terms & Conditions between the Client, Lawyers and the Contractor. Prepare final contract and facilitate signing of the contracts.
Support and advise to client on contract strategies and different options of forms of Contracts for various construction packages.
Post-contract management of the construction contracts, variation and change control up to final account.
Post-contract management of cost and budget control and updates to the Client.

Principal Quantity Surveyor

   Jan 2002
— Aug 2004

Seconded to Thames Water Utilities Ltd (TWUL) and to a main contractor in an alliance agreement with TWUL. Commercial Manager role for TWUL responsible for the Tideway Scheme, coordination, liaising with loss adjusters and contractors and settling of insurance claims on TWUL Projects. Work for the contractor involved leading role in managing the subcontract procurement procedures and subcontracts on TWUL projects and assisting with Commercial Manager activities.

Also playing a lead role in reviewing and updating certain TWUL procurement procedures and documentation to increase efficiency, transparency and effective management of Subcontracts. Direct result of this work affecting the control of the project costs and adding value by increasing savings, improving the bottom line margins on the contractors income and reducing risks associated with subcontracts to the contractor and TWUL. The direct result of this input into the team provided significant value to both TWUL and the Contractor.

Role also involved working directly for TWUL in the on strategic level to plan contract strategies, procurement plans, preparation and management of tender documentation and tender process, bid assessments, interviewing the tenderers and negotiation of main contracts outside the alliance regime. Role extended to the post award commercial management of these contracts up to final account on behalf of TWUL.

Key Projects experience
Tideway Scheme – Waste and storm water screening plant (Utilities)
Marsh Farm Pumping station (Utilities)
Upgrading of network of treatments plants and pumping stations to EU Standards and requirements (Utilities)
Developing and implementing Tendering, procurement and contract administration processes for TWUL and Main Contractors

Contracts Engineer

   Jul 2000
— Dec 2002

A Quantity Surveyor and a member of the Commercial Risk Management Team specialising in contractual aspects of UK and International construction contracts. Main activities involved reviewing and advising internal management and client organisations upon pre and post contract terms and conditions, contract and procurement strategies and contractual management of construction and consultancy contracts.

Also went through internal project management training programme and attended external courses and seminars provided by ICE, ICES, RICS, CIOB, etc. In-house champion on the newly introduced NEC / ECC forms of Contract.

Key Project Experience
Ethiopian Roads Authority – GIBB acting as technical advisors for the Arbitration proceedings between ERA and the Contractor. Specifically tasked to advise the Technical Director on the contractual aspects of the claim documentation, respondents statements of defence and various expert witness statements in order to prepare expert witness statements for the Arbitration proceedings.
(Form of Contract – FIDIC for Civil Engineering Construction)

Tag Farnborough Airport Ltd – Contracts advisor for contracts and procurement strategy, management of the construction contract from procurement to final account. Also involved in the on-site management of the construction contract on an advisory level. Involved in the setup of the procurement strategy for works contractors and subcontractors, tender documents and amendments to the standard forms of contract.
(Form of Contract – Various)

London City Airport Ltd – Contracts advisor for contracts and procurement strategy, management of the construction contract from procurement to final account. Also involved in the on-site management of the construction contract on an advisory level.
(Form of Contract – Engineering & Construction Contract 1995)

Yemen Petroleum Company (Al Hodeidah, Republic of Yemen) – Advising project management team on the contractual matters and with resolving disputes and claims between the client and the contractor.
(Form of Contract – FIDIC for Civil Engineering Construction)

Weston Super Mare STW Lagoon Bypass – Advising project management on the contractual matters and in preparation of the main contract tender enquiry documents.
(Form of Contract – Engineering & Construction Contract 1995)

Quantity Surveyor

   Aug 1999
— Jul 2000

First Central Western Gateway – Infrastructure Works (Park Royal)
Client: Guinness Brewery Ltd
Developer: London & Regional Properties
Form of Contract: ECC Form of Contract with Activity Schedule
Construction of the infrastructure road scheme off A40M Motorway eastbound at the Hanger Lane Gyratory through the site over two railway lines and linking to existing service road at a new roundabout and new road layout. Contract value approx. £13 Million. New access road from A40 to service road constructed on reinforced earth structures backfilled with imported frictional fill. Also included new pedestrian subways and diversions of existing utilities, power and telecommunications services. Activities included subcontract procurement, tender and contract documentation, analysis of tenders, negotiation and award of sub-contracts and management through the duration of the contract. Role continued post award to negotiation and completion of final accounts and preparation of responses to claims against/from subcontractors. Also supporting the Project Surveyor with monthly cost and value reconciliations and reporting to stakeholders.

Project Quantity Surveyor

   Jan 1997
— Jul 1999

Lockmeadow Footbridge, Maidstone, Kent
Client: Maidstone Borough Council
Form of Contract: ICE Conditions of Contract for Minor Works 2nd Edition
Construction of a unique design aluminium footbridge across the River Medway in Maidstone Town Centre to a value of £630,000. Working on site reporting to Commercial Manager. Activities involved daily commercial management of the project, subcontract procurement & negotiation, drafting Letters of Award, Subcontract Documents, assessment of Subcontractors’ applications &variation accounts, Subcontract Final Accounts negotiation, weekly/monthly progress meetings, interim valuations and negotiation of account with consulting engineers/project managers, management of variation accounts, monthly cost reporting, cashflow forecasting, preparation of claim documentation.

Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading, Berkshire
Client: Oracle Shopping Centre Ltd
Main Contractor: Bovis Construction Ltd
Form of Contract: JCT DOM/1 form of Subcontract
Ground work Contract consisting of widening of existing River Kennet, steel sheet piling wall & anchoring to a value of £1.7 Million. Activities involved management of subcontractors’ accounts and final account negotiation, assisting senior QS with daily commercial management, re-measurement & interim valuations, management of the variations account, monthly cost reporting, forecasting and claim preparation.

Sutton-In-Ashfield Sewage Treatment Works, Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Client: Severn Trent Water Ltd
(M & E Works) Construction of new sludge balancing and screening system, primary tanks, auto-desludging systems, storm water flow retention system, modifications to existing pumping plant, activated sludge plant and tertiary treatment plant, activated sludge pumping and sludge liquor return balancing system. Contract value of approx. £2.23 Million. Assisting Senior QS with re-measurement, daily site commercial management, Subcontract management, monthly cost reporting, forecasting and claim preparation.

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