Bill Edwards

Director Civil Engineering & Highways


Civil / Infrastructure Engineering


  • BSc Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Arbitration (Dip Arb)
  • Fellow ICE
  • Fellow CIHT
  • Fellow CIARB
  • Member CICES
  • Chartered Arbitrator

Specialisms / Skills

  • NEC Expert
  • NEC Project Manager
  • Adjudicator
  • Arbitrator

Bill has over forty years’ experience in the construction industry, working primarily in the highway sector. He is a chartered engineer and chartered arbitrator. He has worked for Contractors, Local Authorities, Central Government and Civil Engineering Consultants including Arcadis, EC Harris, Highways Agency and  Mouchel Parkman

He was seconded to the Highways Agency (HA) Major Projects Directorate as interim Commercial Director to establish the HA Commercial Division, in this role he was a member of the Project Investment Commitment Group (PICG) which acted as the financial / contractual governance process He was also a member of the Major Projects Directorate Board.

Bill is on the ICE and CIArb list of Arbitrators and has acted as arbitrator and arbiter on disputes ranging in value from £30 million to £500K. As a civil engineering adjudicator on the ICE and CIC lists, Bill has been involved in over twenty adjudications covering issues such as extension of time, valuation of final accounts and quality matters. He has also undertaken two expert determinations for disputes connected to a major highway DBFO contract.

Bill was a member of the ICE Dispute Resolution Panel between 2007 and 2010 and was on the editorial panel for the redrafting of the ICE dispute resolution procedures. Bill has advised many clients who have found themselves in dispute with their suppliers and was commission manager for dispute resolution commission for the Highways Agency (2002 – 2005).

Bill was a member of the ICE working group for the redrafting of CESMM4.

Bill is the current Chair of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors Contracts and Dispute Resolution Panel and regularly acts as trainer and leads workshops on contracts and dispute resolution.

Contract Administrator – M4 Corridor around Newport, Project Manager and ECC PM designate for Employer’s Agent commission for the delivery of the £1bn new M4 south of Newport to relive the existing congested M4. This new 21km dual 3 lane motorway includes a new structure over the River Usk, significant remediation of contaminated land at Llanwern Steelworks and complex interchanges at the tie I with the existing M4.

Contract Administrator – A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, Seconded to Transport for Greater Manchester as Employer’s Agent / ECC PM on this £290m highway project. The construction works involve four (three over; one under) crossing of Network Rail including West Coast mainline and access to Manchester Airport. Significant environmental mitigation works such as translocation of Great Crested Newts. Major earthworks over two seasons.

Lead Auditor – Review of Welsh Trunk Road Agencies, Led three man audit team to review the operation of the two welsh trunk road agencies. Brief was to review compliance were operations carried out to the contractual, technical, commercial and accounting requirements of the contract. Value was the operations providing the right balance of quality against both cost and risk. Transparency was operations carried out in a way that commercial, operational functions are fully visible. Report made over 20 recommendations for improvements.

Commercial Manager – Tullis Russell Papermakers CHP plant 2011 to 2013 Seconded to RWE as Commercial Manager for the construction of a £250m Combined Heat and Power plant. The 50MW plant will supply both power and steam for paper makers Tullis Russell. The works are due for completion in mid 2013. The commercial manager is responsible for the commercial aspect of the two main contracts Balance of Plant and the Main boiler plus a number of ancillary contracts.

Project Director – Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements 2009 to 2011 Project Director for the provision of improvements to the existing bus network of the five Tees local authorities, (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton & Redcar and Cleveland). The project is part funded by the DfT and involves close cooperation with the bus operators, Arriva and Stagecoach. The £60m project will deliver improvements to the basic highway nfrastructure by the provision of bus lanes and bus priority junctions. Work also includes Marketing covering Smart Choices, Real time information, improvements to UTMC and Bus stop improvements.

ECC Project Manager – City Park Regeneration Bradford 2011 to 2012 The City Park is a major public realm development creating the largest city centre water feature in the UK. It involved the creation of new bespoke public buildings, and major works to the City’s Inner Ring Road. Located at the heart of the City, the park is the signature project of the Bradford City Centre Masterplan. With a scheme budget of £25m, it is an iconic landmark for Bradford and a catalyst for the regeneration of the City.

Project Director – A465 Heads of the Valley. Bill provides strategic guidance to the ECH team on this £200m ECI project to improve link road in South Wales to assist regeneration £200m ECI project to improve link road in South Wales to assist regeneration. Contract comprises two sections; Section 3 Construction of 9.0km of dual carriageway and associated structures between Brynmawr and Tredegar. 7.5km of road off-line Section 2 Widening of 8.5km of 3 lane to dual 4 lane carriageway including climbing lane. The works between Gilwern and Brynmawr are through the Black Rock Gorge an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Highways Agency -Interim Commercial Director for Major Project directorate 2007 to 2008. Responsible for setting up a commercial new division in the major projects directorate. Providing guidance on the commercial aspects of major projects from design development through to completion. Member of the Major Projects Directorate board and investment approval committee.

Manchester and highway supervision contracts on M60 Widening J5 to J8, A500 Stoke Pathfinder, A63 Selby Bypass, A1 Darrington to Dishforth DBFO and network management offices for Road Management Services (DBFO) on A1(M) and A417/A419. Fully responsible for P&L, business development and staff welfare. As ECC Project Manager for the M60 and Employer’s Agent for A63 and A500, Bill was ultimately responsible for the agreement costs and time implication of any changes to the contract. Each contract had a site teams varying in size from 4 to 10 who undertook auditing and compliance roles. Bill chaired all the monthly contract progress meetings, which reviewed progress against programme and financial progress of the projects.

Commission Manager for Highways Agency Dispute Framework offering advice to the HA on a major litigation relating to bridge bearing failure on major motorway. In this role Bill worked closely with representatives of the HA; Treasury Solicitor, Counsel and independent experts to review and recommend course of the action. A key element was reporting on litigation risk. Bill also provided independent advice on contractual claims in advance of potential adjudication.

Responsible as head of profession for the quality of the Parkman highway business. Provided advice and guidance in the highway sector ensuring best practice across the many offices in the transportation business unit.

Responsible for the Infrastructure division based in Ellesmere Port and Project Manager for projects for the Highways Agency:- M25 – A13 Lakeside Improvement (£25m); A500 Stoke Pathfinder ECI £50m; A66 Safety Study; Project

Director for M62 Junction 6 improvements and A55 – A483 junction improvement, A5 Newtonstewart Bypass D&B (NI).

Commission Director on local authority framework contracts with Kirklees MBC and City of Stoke on Trent. Managed a design team of 40 staff to meet deliverables. This entailed regular weekly meetings with internal team leaders to identify progress on every project and the allocation of resource.

Responsible for the Construction Management division. Operated as engineer or assistant to named engineer on major highway construction contracts using the ICE 5th Edition. Projects included M25 widening J7 to J8 (£100m); A2106 Erith – Thamesmead Spine Road (£25M); A5300 Knowsley Expressway (£30m); A487 Port Dinorwic Bypass (£15m); A494

Mold Bypass (£15m). As Divisional Director Bill was responsible for the recruitment, training and professional development for all site staff.

Responsible for the management and client relations for the widening of the M63 between junction 6 and junction 9. Took project from initial feasibility status through public consultation and up to public inquiry.

Senior Engineer with the construction section responsible for M63 widening J1 –J3 (including Barton High Level Bridge); M63 widening J3 – J5; M62 eastbound climbing lane; A500 Nantwich Bypass. Also acted as specification focal point and dealt with all technical matters relating to pavement matters.

Senior Measurement Engineer A66 Middlesbrough Bypass – dealt with all financial aspect of the contract from monthly valuation to claims and financial reporting. RE on highway improvement projects.

1975 – 1982 Dowsett Engineering Construction Sub Agent Structures Responsible for the construction of all the structures on the A595 Levens Bridge Diversion and A19 Billingham Diversion.

Section Engineer responsible for setting out engineers on A66 Middlesbrough Northern Route and Armley Gyratory

Leeds; Setting out Engineer M11 Harlow to Loughton.

GRSP conferences 2001 – 2004 in Romania with presentations;

– Inter-Ministerial Council for Road Safety 2001 – 2004, meetings, debates, workshops;

– 2nd IRF Road Congress for South-eastern Europe, October 2001 in Romania;

– Roundtable debates in the Automotive Fair, October 2001;

– Integrated Emergency Response, September 2002 in Romania, co-organiser / moderator;

– Integrated Emergency Response (follow-up organised by the US Embassy);

– Maritime Safety Seminar November 2002;

– Road Safety Conference – April 2004, Brasov, Romania;

– DRBF Conferences in 2006 – Budapest, Hungary, 2007 – Bucharest, Romania, 2009 – London, United Kingdom, 2010 – Istanbul, Turkey, 2015 – Genoa, Italy, 2016 – Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017 – Madrid, Spain;

– EFCA – SiDIR Conference – October 2008 – Warsaw, Poland;

– FIDIC International Contract Users Conference – December 2008 – London, United Kingdom;

– Regional DRBF Conferences, October 2009, June 2010 and October 2011, Bucharest, Romania

– Romanian Infrastructure Conference 2014 – for Romanian Statutory Contracts Users – September 2014, Bucharest, Romania: participated with two presentations on procurement and disputes resolution.

– The first FIDIC – ARIC – EFCA Regional Infrastructure Conference – March 2015 Bucharest, Romania: participated with a presentation on issues affecting disputes boards effectiveness and efficiency.

– The scientific international conferences of Romanian Society of Construction Law – March 2015, September 2016, October 2017 and October 2018 Bucharest, Romania

– The FIDIC – ACEG – EFCA Regional Infrastructure Conference – 6 – 7 March 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia: participated with a presentation on payments issues under 2017 FIDIC Books edition, from the prospective of a Procurement Expert/ Disputes Adjudicator

– Workshop “A comparison between 1999 and 2017 FIDIC Works Contracts edition” 5 March 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia – participated as speaker

– Workshop “DAB/ DAAB – what has changed and why?” 8 March 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia – participated as speaker

– 2nd Annual Conference of International Court of Arbitration of the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 27 September 2018, Bucharest, Romania

– “Annual Conference of the European Society of Construction Law – European Public Procurement, Current Issues and Perspectives”, 25-27 October 2017, Bucharest, Romania.

– DRBF Region 2 Conference, 15-16 November 2018, Geneva, Switzerland