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Thursday 28th September

Do we understand the role of the Design Manager?

Of the many consultants that make up a project team, the role of the Design Manager is the one which tends to change in definition from project to project or practice to practice. Come and join us for our first ECN breakfast of 2017/2018 as we look to discuss:
  • What role should the Design Manager play?
  • What is the difference between a Design Manager, a Design Coordinator and a Preconstruction Manager? 
  • At what stage of the project should the Design Manager be involved?
  • Does the role change if working for a contractor or within a design practice?
  • How do you ensure that the design responsibility remains with the appropriate party?


Chris Hoggarth
Elliott Group

Chris has worked in the construction industry for 35 years. His original background is product development in the offsite sector and has sound knowledge of the building blocks and regulations required for construction projects. 


He then spent many years running multi-disciplined teams to bid for and design and build construction projects. This was within many different sectors including Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure, with project values ranging from £1.0 to 45M. Most of this work was design and build as the Main Contractor.


He has worked for Contractors and Architects in pre-construction and design management, so has seen both sides of the debate.


He have operated predominately as a Bid/Pre-Construction Manager and Design Manager over the last five years.

LinkedIn: Chris Hoggarth

John Skirving
Kier Construction

John qualified as an Architect, worked in private practice for 36 years and at Director level for 29 years in the social architecture sectors of housing, custodial, civic and education.

Poacher turned gamekeeper John has for the last three years worked as Senior Design Manager in the pre-construction - Education Team of Kier London.

Gregg Barton
Rider Levett Bucknall

Gregg is an experienced professional within the sector, having worked on school procurement for just over 10 years. In this time he has seen a change in how school buildings are procured. In particular how the funding models have changed; and the very different approaches organisations take to design and delivery of schemes within an ever-changing funding environment.


Gregg is currently the school lead and head of the EFSA PM framework for Rider Levett Bucknall, but before this he was a Director at SpaceZero, Regional Lead Technical Advisor at Gleeds and a Pre-Construction Project Manager at Wates Construction in the PFI and Education team.


Recently involved in the procurement of projects through the regional and national EFA frameworks, as well as local frameworks, taking the role of Project Director.

LinkedIn: Gregg Barton
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