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King Planning’s team draws on over 250 years combined experience in the construction, engineering and construction law industries.  Our clients have direct access to the expertise of senior construction and programming professionals and forensic analysts with a wealth of experience.

We are focused on providing our clients with dedicated and reliable service.

 

 

  • Gerard King Managing Director

    Gerard King

    Managing Director

    BEng(Civ)

    Gerard King is Managing Director and an expert witness at King Planning and has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry.

    Since establishing King Planning in 1993, Gerard has developed a reputation as one of the leaders in the industry for providing expert witness services in arbitration and legal proceedings; forensic analysis and claim advisory services; dispute advice; construction planning and programming services; quality assurance support; and training services.

    In particular, Gerard is a highly experienced expert witness who has successfully testified in numerous arbitrations and legal proceedings across Australia and internationally. In that capacity, Gerard has worked closely alongside major Australian and international law firms and inhouse legal teams as well as prominent barristers from numerous countries. For these reasons, Gerard is routinely sort after for the provision of expert witness services.

    Prior to the establishment of King Planning, Gerard was a Construction Planning Engineer and Project Manager. This provides him with the practical, on-site experience required to provide informed, considered and accurate advice.

    Gerard has acted for a broad range of clients on projects of varying size and complexity and provided services across all construction and infrastructure industries, both domestically and internationally.

    You can view a sample of the major projects on which Gerard has worked on our Projects page.

    Phone: +61 411 868 683
  • David Murphy General Manager/Principal

    David Murphy

    General Manager/Principal

    BAppSc(ConstMgt)

    David Murphy is General Manager and a Principal of King Planning. Commencing in 1997, he has been with King Planning for over 20 years.

    David’s experience in the construction industry dates to 1991 when he commenced as a site engineer. His background also includes roles in design and project management as well as business development management at major Australian construction companies. He brings a wealth of construction related experience to King Planning.

    Due to David’s background in programming and project management, he is routinely called upon to carry out detailed forensic claims and programming analyses. He has provided expert reports in numerous matters and participated in mediations and expert determinations.

    David has worked on projects in Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar, South Africa and New Zealand and has expertise across mining and resources, building and construction, utilities infrastructure and energy, heavy industry and transport industries.

    He has strong management experience and expertise in stakeholder management, including Government reporting and community consultation, and can therefore work closely and effectively with project staff and legal teams.

    Phone: +61 418 779 607
  • Ian Townson Principal

    Ian Townson

    Principal

    BEng(Civ) GradCertEng

    Ian Townson is a Principal and an expert witness at King Planning and has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry.

    Ian brings with him expertise in project and contract management processes with particular specialisation in the development and implementation of control systems for time, cost and performance management. He has an in-depth understanding of design and construction processes including delivery strategies for civil, building, rail, process and heavy engineering projects.

    Ian has been engaged for his expertise in construction and project controls on a number of large commercial engagements in varying capacities. From these assignments and other industry engagements, Ian has gained an intimate knowledge of what, why and how events affect the physical and commercial outcomes of projects, what is important in the successful delivery of projects and programmes of work and what forensic planning methodologies are best suited to matters in dispute.

    As part of Ian’s industry roles and as a trained mediator, he possesses an advanced level of analytical and written skills required for the production of various deliverables, in particular expert witness services.

    Phone: +61 7 3171 3880
  • Paul Bottle Principal

    Paul Bottle

    Principal

    Bsc MRICS

    Paul Bottle is a Principal at King Planning where he commenced in 2011. A Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, he has extensive experience in the construction industry, primarily as a Quantity Surveyor, Contract Administrator and Senior Commercial Manager for a variety of construction companies both within Australia and the UK.

    Paul has been involved in the construction industry for over 30 years, commencing as a Contract Administrator in 1986. He has undertaken a varied portfolio of successful projects for large national construction companies.

    Paul has acquired extensive skills as a forensic analyst in construction disputes, in particular delay and disruption claims. He also provides support with contract administration, contract claims support and preparation, forensic claims and expert witness support, contract administration training, assistance with the BCIPA claims process, tender evaluations and assistance with the preparation of contract documentation and contractual correspondence.

    Phone: +61 412 900 534
  • Matt King Senior Consultant

    Matt King

    Senior Consultant

    BEnvMan(Hons)/LLB GradDipLegPrac

    Matt King is a Senior Consultant at King Planning and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development) and Law. He joined King Planning in 2013. Prior to joining King Planning, Matt was a Senior Associate in the construction law team of a national law firm. He commenced working in construction law in 2005.

    As a lawyer, Matt worked in a variety of dispute forums, including Court of Appeal and Supreme Court litigation, international arbitration, mediation, adjudication under security of payment legislation and tribunal-based litigation. He also has extensive experience in contract drafting and has provided legal advice to developers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants in relation to a wide range of construction related issues. He has acted for and been seconded to some of Australia’s largest construction contractors.

    During his time at King Planning, Matt has primarily provided forensic analysis services and dispute advice in relation to a wide variety of time related matters, including delay and disruption. He has extensive experience in the analysis and preparation of claim material and routinely provides support in King Planning’s delivery of expert witness services. His legal background assists to inform King Planning’s involvement in the legal process and its understanding of the principles that apply to the preparation and acceptance of expert evidence.

    Phone: +61 434 115 676
  • Gary Cox Senior Consultant

    Gary Cox

    Senior Consultant

    MBA MPM GCertBA

    Gary Cox is a Senior Consultant at King Planning, which he joined in 2012, and has both extensive programming and claims experience.

    Gary has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, commencing as a self-employed carpenter and builder in 1993. Since that time, he has held various positions such as project manager, contract administrator, senior project engineer and planner including at major Australian construction companies. His knowledge of the construction industry has put him in excellent stead to implement practices focused on outcomes.

    Gary is conversant in all forms of programming software including Primavera P3 and P6, Suretrak, ASTA Power Project and Microsoft Project. He is also skilled in the operation of Auto Cad. Gary also provides forensic analysis services and has worked on projects in Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Indonesia in various sectors including mining and resources, building and construction, infrastructure and energy and transport.

    Phone: +61 418 151 059
  • Clare Kenny Senior Consultant

    Clare Kenny

    Senior Consultant

    BA/LLB(Hons) GradDipLegPrac

    Clare Kenny is a Senior Consultant at King Planning and commenced in 2013. Clare was admitted to the legal profession in 2009 after attaining a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. Clare also completed a judge’s associateship with the Honourable Justice Muir of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

    Prior to commencing at King Planning, Clare worked for 4 years as a construction lawyer, attaining the position of Senior Associate before taking up a role as inhouse legal counsel. She has worked in a variety of dispute forums, including Court of Appeal and Supreme Court litigation, adjudication under Security of Payment legislation and domestic and international arbitrations. She also has extensive experience drafting various forms of construction contracts. Together with her inhouse legal experience, she has worked for some of Australia’s largest construction contractors.

    Clare joined King Planning as a claims consultant and works closely with the experts in the preparation of expert reports relating to delay and disruption claims. She uses her legal experience and analytical skills to interrogate project documentation and prepare claim material for the purposes of mediation, arbitration, litigation and security of payments matters as well as contract administration.

    Phone: +61 432 800 328
  • Bill Hutchinson Senior Consultant

    Bill Hutchinson

    Senior Consultant

    BAppSc(ConstMgt)

    Bill Hutchinson is a Senior Consultant at King Planning. He is a highly experienced construction planner and programmer with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. Almost 20 of those years have been spent at King Planning and 10 years were spent ‘on the tools’ as a Registered Builder.

    During his time at King Planning, Bill has planned and programmed a diverse range of highly complex projects, including high-rise, commercial, industrial and large-scale hospital and correctional redevelopments. He understands the complex planning required to achieve the timely delivery of projects and his experience allows him to identify significant risks to a project and work with project teams to minimise those risks.

    Bill also assists in the forensic analysis of project material that is required to provide considered advice and to assist in the preparation of expert reports.

    Phone: +61 7 3171 3880
  • Michael Manthey Senior Consultant

    Michael Manthey

    Senior Consultant

    BEng(Elec)

    Michael is a Senior Consultant at King Planning and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. His experience spans design, operations and maintenance, and construction over a period of more than 25 years.

    Michael has over 17 years’ experience in managing building services design and construction including demonstrated skills in preparing project briefs, managing consultants, preparing and reviewing tenders and participating in completion and commissioning. Prior to joining King Planning, he was the Services Design Manager at one of Australia’s largest construction companies.

    In his capacity as Senior Consultant at King Planning, Michael applies his experience to the area of project planning and programming and forensic delay and disruption analysis. He specialises in addressing complex electrical and instrumentation issues.

    Phone: +61 407 581 130
  • Andre Demchenko Senior Consultant

    Andre Demchenko

    Senior Consultant

    DipPM

    Andre Demchenko is a Senior Consultant at King Planning Pty Ltd and has over 25 years’ experience covering all sectors in the construction industry. Andre has been with King Planning for almost 20 years, joining the company in 2000.

    Andre is a highly effective construction planner and programmer with detailed knowledge of all scheduling software, particularly Primavera. Andre’s in-depth understanding provides an ability to troubleshoot large and complex construction schedules, as well as conduct the forensic analysis of schedules and extract data for use in construction disputes.

    Andre offers an array of planning skills which can be put into practice throughout a project’s lifecycle, from conception through to completion. Andre also has experience in project supervision, project management, scheduling, estimating and administration for a variety of projects.

    Phone: +61 407 755 556
  • Sherry Seresht Senior Consultant

    Sherry Seresht

    Senior Consultant

    BEng(Civ)

    Sherry Seresht is a Senior Consultant at King Planning. Sherry qualified as a Civil Engineer in Iran in 2002 and was accepted as a Professional Civil Engineer by Engineers Australia in 2009.

    Prior to moving to Australia, Sherry worked as a design and site engineer and planner for construction companies in Iran between 2002 and 2011. She has extensive experience in the preparation of tender programs as well as the development of post-contract programs for large scale projects. She was routinely responsible for monitoring on-site production and subcontractor progress against contract programs and coordinating project control activities.

    Sherry is proficient with Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, Auto Cad and Excel. Sherry also assists in forensic research and program analysis for the preparation of delay and disruption claims.

    Phone: +61 427 081 477
  • Mark Goldsmith Senior Consultant

    Mark Goldsmith

    Senior Consultant

    BEng(Civ)

    Mark Goldsmith is a Senior Consultant at King Planning and commenced with the company in 2000. He has been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years and has held positions as site manager, project engineer, construction manager, programmer and claims investigator.

    Mark is responsible for construction planning, programming and progress monitoring; construction methods planning, preparation and implementation; claim preparation and analysis; litigation support; preparation of project specific quality plans and inspection and test plans; quality assurance auditing; and training.

    Phone: +61 419 831 520
  • Nick Jones Senior Consultant

    Nick Jones

    Senior Consultant

    MRICS

    Nick Jones is a Senior Consultant at King Planning and a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

    Prior to August 1997, Nick was the proprietor of a quantity surveying practice in England for ten years. During this time, he was primarily involved in servicing the requirements of building contractors in both the tendering and post contract periods of construction. After moving to Australia in 1997, Nick worked for one of Australia’s largest quantity surveying firms for 15 years, reaching the position of Senior Associate and managing the Post Contract department.

    Nick’s experience as a quantity surveyor allows him to understand and interrogate the complex detail of projects. He is an invaluable resource in the forensic analysis of project documentation for the purposes of providing claims related dispute advice.

    Phone: +61 402 409 681
  • Gabrielle Van Der Linde Senior Consultant

    Gabrielle Van Der Linde

    Senior Consultant

    BEng(Elect&Elect) BBiomedSc

    Gabrielle Van Der Linde is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer, also holding a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical) Degree, and is a Senior Consultant at King Planning. With her previous experience as Senior Project Controller and Lead and Forensic Planner at a major Australian construction company, and having worked in various industries including oil and gas, technical ammonium nitrate, minerals, rural and electronic circuitry, Gabi has the practical skills and knowledge to plan and to lead planning teams on major construction projects. She has a strong understanding of the contractual and commercial matters which are integral to project success.

    Phone: +61 422 542 482
  • Tim Hutchinson Consultant

    Tim Hutchinson

    Consultant

    BUrbDev(ConstMgt)

    Tim Hutchinson is a Consultant at King Planning and has worked in the construction industry since 2005.  He joined King Planning in 2014.  Tim has completed a Diploma of Building and Construction and a Bachelor of Construction Management.
     
    Tim has extensive experience in the operation of AutoCAD and is responsible for preparing many of the graphic aids used in King Planning’s provision of forensic analysis services.  He also applies his analytical skills in the detailed review and processing of project documentation, providing an essential support role to King Planning’s experts.

    Phone: +61 413 064 406
  • Linda Dwyer Consultant

    Linda Dwyer

    Consultant

    Linda is a Consultant at King Planning and commenced with the company in 2007.  She has provided support services on hundreds of projects undertaken by King Planning, primarily in the expert witness and forensic analysis space.  In particular, Linda specialises in AutoCAD and prepares many of the graphic aids used in King Planning’s provision of forensic analysis services.  She is also highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel and assists in the detailed analysis of various matters through the software.

    Phone: +61 409 570 697
  • Georgie Ford Accounts Manager

    Georgie Ford

    Accounts Manager

    Georgie is King Planning’s Finance Manager.  She is responsible for preparing, monitoring and managing invoicing, accounting and financial reporting.  Georgie also assists in the provision of King Planning’s services in an administrative capacity, including the preparation and review of various documentation and data entry.

    Phone: +61 409 346 927
  • Lisa McLaran Reception

    Lisa McLaran

    Reception

    Lisa is King Planning’s receptionist.  She is responsible for managing the day to day operation of King Planning and also assists in the provision of King Planning’s services in an administrative capacity, including the preparation and review of various documentation and data entry.

    Phone: +61 7 3171 3880

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