ICCP Announces New President
The ICCP is pleased to introduce Keith Kirkwood as the new President of the Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyor and possesses over 45 years’ experience in the construction, property and civil engineering industries.
In addition to taking on the role of ICCP President, Keith is Chairman of Bennington Green, one of the UK’s leading independent multi-disciplined consultancies as well as Chairman of Bennington Green Decipher Ltd. and Woolven and Brown Ltd.
Keith started his career with John Laing Ltd. one of the UK’s largest civil engineering contractors and has since worked with property developers, clients, contractors and sub-contractors. He founded Schofield Lothian in 1986 and developed it into a £14 million turnover company making it one of the UK’s Top 10 Quantity Surveying Companies at the time. Keith has also been a Group Non-Executive Director for the Driver Group, one of the UK’s largest AIM listed claims consultancy businesses.
Keith is past Chairman of the UK Society of Construction Law (SCL) and remains on the council. He has been instrumental in the growth of the SCL internationally and remains an active participant. He is credited with being on the drafting panel for both the first and the revised editions of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocols. He has given evidence as an independent expert in Adjudication, Arbitration, the UK TCC and the American Courts. He has extensive knowledge in all areas of construction and a proven track record of success as a negotiator, mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator and expert. He has lectured internationally on a variety of topics around the world.
Keith has worked throughout the UK and in over 20 countries around the globe including Europe, the Middle East, USA, Asia, Australasia and Africa.
A Message from Keith
“It was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to be President of the ICCP as there is undoubtedly a need for a worldwide institute that represents those that work in a professional capacity in the global construction claims arena.
I am pleased to say that since taking on the role, I have learnt a lot about the institute’s objectives, hopes and vision for the future. The objectives of the institute are to establish international professional standards for the management of claims, to recognise the professionals in our industry and to provide an ongoing educational experience for members.
This institute can achieve this and provide a valuable base for learning and for the exchange of ideas and information, along with valuable networking opportunities. I am proud to be part of the ICCP community and look forward to contributing to its growth.”