Principal Team Members

Vassos Chrysostomou

After reading Civil Engineering at Westminster University and completing an MSc in Hydraulic/Irrigation Studies at Southampton University Vassos was employed by BAA at Heathrow Airport as a Senior Project Manager. Working closely with and under the guidance of Sir John Egan, he trailed on behalf of BAA, Egan’s vision for a “World Class Construction” which resulted in the principles outlined in Rethinking Construction. Vassos is a leading collaborative working mentor to clients and the UK construction industry. His expert knowledge, mentoring skills and experience enable him to facilitate and assist organisations in optimising their construction processes through the implementation of Collaborative Working and the principles of Rethinking Construction.


Vassos has worked with in a number of pathfinder industry initiatives within client organisations including, Housing Associations and public sector Consortia, “blue chip” organisations such as Somerfield, Sainsbury’s, Asda, BAA, Lloyds Bank, McDonalds, Slough Estates and Network Rail; central and regional government bodies such as Defense Estates (Prime Contracting), and the Welsh Assembly Government as well as numerous Local Authorities. He has also advised and mentored a number of contractors in their drive for continuous improvement and supply chain management including Keepmoat, Ibex, Clugston, GallifordTry, Simons, Wilmot Dixon, Wates, Seddon, Banner, Pierce Group and Midas to name but a few. In addition, Vassos is the benchmarking facilitator for the National Federation of Builders Continuous Improvement Club and the Irish Construction Industry Federation H&S Benchmarking Club, developing and implementing performance management to drive their continuous improvement and objectively demonstrate their elimination of waste,  inefficiencies and carbon to the customers.


Over the last four years Vassos has also spent a substantial amount of his time, through the National Federation of Builders, assisting organisations to win work by forming SME Consortia and preparing members to respond to a tender, “getting their foot into the door” by avoiding the de-selection of a PQQ and then responding effectively to an ITT and delivering a successful presentation and interview. In that period he has assisted individual contractors and consortia to win a place on frameworks and projects worth well over £10billion.

Vassos has shared his knowledge, “war stories” and experience in a number of conferences and lectures in the UK, USA, South Africa, Singapore, Middle East and South America.

Martin Brown

Martin is an experienced and successful improvement consultant, advocate and speaker with a focus on business improvement, sustainability and social media.

He supports a wide range of organisations across the built environment from clients, design and construction SME's to facilities management and demolition to academia. Currently his portfolio includes, among others British Land, Green Vision at the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Dorton Demolition, UCLAN Centre for Sustainable Development and Globe Construction.

He is Chair of the Lancashire Construction Best Practice Club, co-founder of BE2 the built environment social media advocacy, a Constructing Excellence Colaborative Working Champion and Founding Fellow of The Benchmark Institute

Martin demonstrates real enthusiasm, passion for improvement with an impressive scope of built environment thinking, in meetings, workshops, presentations and across numerous social media forums, blogs and journals. It is no surprise he is a constantly represented in top influential lists such as the Eco Build 100 influential list, and the Top 50 CSR Green Birds List

Martin's goal is for a collaborative and resilient built environment mindful of its impact on nature. Currently he is instrumental in promoting emerging industry themes of BIM, Living Building Challenge and Circular Economy thinking.

Omar Jamali

Omar JamaliOmar Jamali, MENA Managing Partner, with more than 32 years of diversified international experience in managing capital projects for General Contracting, Construction Management and Project Management

 

 

General Management & Operations Management

  • Responsible for managing, directing, planning and controlling contract business,  technical, fiscal, and operations of Projects Portfolio
  • Managing tenders, proposals and negotiating contracts
  • Structuring and setting up operations

 General Contracting 

  • Managing operations through various methods of   project delivery i.e. Lump sum (competitive bidding and negotiation),   Cost-Plus, GMP, Design Build and fast track
  • Finalizing contracts with Clients and   negotiating all post tender matters
  • Managing the spectrum of the project operations   from planning, resources, procurement of subcontracts, setting up the   operation, contract management, project closing out and archiving  

Construction Management (Advisor & at Risk)

  • Managing   all operational, logistical, design, tendering, subcontracts and cost   management throughout all phases of projects 

 Project Management

  • Program   Management & Portfolio Management
  • Strategic planning, developing Project Briefs   in collaboration with all stakeholders
  • Master procurement strategy analysis and risk   assessment,
  • Contract Management