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Committee Information

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes BSc(Hons) MSc FRICS FCIArb

I am currently the Branch Chair, following a number of years on the committee. I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor providing commercial support to a range of organisations. I regularly sit as Arbitrator in Consumer and Commercial Arbitrations. I am an RICS accredited expert witness. I am also approved to teach on pathway and introduction courses run by the Institute.

Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen FRICS FCIArb Barrister

Paul Jensen is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Arbitrator and Adjudicator with over 30 years' experience dealing with construction disputes and contracts. Paul Jensen is a past Chairman of the CIArb NW Branch and is currently its Honorary Secretary.

Alan Davies


I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Chartered Construction Manager with over 30 years of commercial and contracting experience gained within the UK construction industry. I provide commercial support and advice to construction related organisations. I am the Honorary Treasurer for the North West Branch Committee.

Matt Drake

Matt Drake BSc (Hons), Dip Adj, FCIArb, MACostE

I am the Vice Chair of the Branch. I am the Managing Director of Drake QS Limited. I specialise in providing Quantity Surveying, Commercial Management and Dispute Resolution Services to organisations who operate in the Mechanical and Electrical Services Sector of the Construction Industry. In addition to this I also lecture at the University of Salford on the BSc Quantity Surveying Undergraduate course.

Kenneth Salmon

Ken Salmon MCIArb

I am a consulting solicitor at law firm Slater Heelis LLP practising in England and Wales, also qualified in Eire, specialising in the field of construction and engineering. I provide legal support services to a variety of clients in various sectors covering contentious and non-contentious business. I am also an independent CIArb and CMC accredited mediator. I am the Chair of the Branch Education Subcommittee and approved to teach on Introduction courses run by the Institute. I am the author of Cases on the Enforcement of Construction Adjudication Awards published by the Institute and a regular contributor to their Journal.

Ian Williams

Ian Williams FRICS FCIArb DipArb FInstCPD

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Project Principle at Mott Macdonald. I have experience as a project and cost manager on a variety of both large and small construction projects in both the building and civil engineering sectors. I am also an accredited mediator. I am an ex-Chairman of the North West Branch and currently editor of the weekly Branch newsletter and manage the Branch Twitter account (@CIArbNW)

Katy Ormston

Katy Ormston

I am part of the Construction & Engineering team at law firm Slater Heelis LLP having gained experience as a construction claims consultant. I am experienced in both contentious and non-contentious areas of construction law working on a wide range of dispute resolution and avoidance matters including adjudication, arbitration, mediation and litigation. I am also part of the NW branch Education Subcommittee.

Peter Vinden

Peter Vinden BSc (Hons) DipICArb FRICS FCIArb FCIOB FinstCES

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and practice as an Adjudicator, Arbitrator and Mediator. I work for The Vinden Partnership which I formed in 1994 and I am currently the Convenor for the CIArb’s Mediation panel. I am a member of the Branch Committee and Education Sub Committee.

Keith N Miller

Keith N Miller BSc(Hons) BA(Hons) Dip Arch Dip Arb RIBA FCIArb IMaPS C.Arb

I am a director of Byrom Clark Roberts Ltd. I am a Chartered Architect and also have acted as an expert witness for nearly 30 years in claims for Architect’s negligence, building disputes, contractual disputes, accommodation cases, slips and trips and Rights of Light cases. I am also an adjudicator. I am a past chairman of the North West branch.

Peter Ormston

Peter Ormston LLB, FCIArb

Peter Ormston is a Quantity Surveyor with more than 30 years’ experience of providing advice on construction disputes and contracts. Peter is on the CIArb NW Branch Committee.

Michael Pye

Michael Pye MSc DipArb DipICArb FCIArb FCIOB C.Arb

Michael receives appointments as either arbitrator or adjudicator in construction disputes as well as representing parties in bringing or defending claims. Michael has many years of practical experience in civil, building and domestic projects as engineer and planner.

Bill Bordell


I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, Quantum Expert and a director of the Decipher group of companies. I have gained over 35 years’ experience in construction contracts and dispute resolution, working for and representing; suppliers, sub-contractors, main contractors and end user clients. Decipher is based in the UK but works on projects worldwide. I act as the APC Supervisor within Decipher and I am an APC Assessor for the RICS. I am Treasurer for the Forum for the Built Environment (FBE) and a member of the CIArb North West Branch Committee.

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons

Paul is a Fellow of the RICS and Chartered Member of the CIOB. He commenced his career working in construction in 1994 and entered the world of expert witness and delay analysis in 2000. Paul has experience and is comfortable acting as Party representative in all forms of dispute resolution. Paul is an APC assessor and counsellor and enjoys training the professional surveyors of tomorrow.

Kevin Madden

Kevin Madden DipQS DipAdj MBA FRICS FCIArb

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Adjudicator with over 32 years’ experience within numerous sectors of the Construction Industry, specialising in Mechanical & Electrical Quantity Surveying, Commercial Management, Construction disputes and contracts.

Richard Elston

Richard Elston BSc(Hons) DipArb FCIArb

Contract Executive at Solomons Europe Limited, I specialise in detailing Commercial Management, Contract drafting and Dispute Resolution / Avoidance advice to organisations operating within sectors across the Engineering industry.

Andrew Hoyle

Andrew Hoyle BSc (Hons) FRICS FCInstCES FCIArb

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 20 years experience in civil engineering, building, oil gas and process, telecommunications and nuclear industries. I have specialist knowledge and experience in claims and disputes and in representing parties in adjudication. I joined the NW Branch Committee in 2018.

Eamonn Cookson

Eamonn T Cookson

Eamonn Cookson is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Builder and Adjudicator with over 30 years’ experience in dealing with construction disputes. He is regularly called upon to address complex contractual issues, is appointed as adjudicator or instructed as advocate or expert in formal proceedings.

Michael Hawkyard

Michael Hawkyard FCIArb

I am a former Chair of the NW Branch, following several years as Hon.Sec. My primary profession is a QS, being also an accredited mediator (CEDR) and registered adjudicator (RICS). I am also a chartered construction manager. I have been a corporate member of the CIArb for more than 35 years, a Fellow for more than 20 years. My work is predominantly contractual consultancy, disputes' management and claims-related services and expert witness services, often in oil/gas/power/alternative energy, but with experience spanning all types and sizes of construction works. Substantial overseas experience includes work in Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa, Angola, India, the UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore and the EC.