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

Our staff have backgrounds in engineering (civil and electrical), construction planning and programming, commercial and project management, contract administration, quantity surveying and estimating, building (including registered builders) and construction law.

Our team is focused on providing our clients with dedicated and reliable service.

  • Gerard King Managing Director & Expert Witness

    Gerard King

    Managing Director & Expert Witness

    BEng(Civ)

    Gerard King is the Managing Director of King Planning Pty Ltd, a consultancy which he established in 1993. Gerard has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He focuses primarily on the provision of delay analysis services, including acting as an Expert Witness, and continues to provide planning and programming advice on a wide variety of construction and infrastructure projects.

    Prior to the establishment of King Planning, Gerard was a Construction Planning Engineer and Project Manager which provided him with practical, onsite experience. Since establishing King Planning, Gerard has developed a reputation as one of the leading providers of expert witness services as well as forensic analysis and claim advisory services, dispute advice and construction planning and programming services.

    Gerard has acted for a broad range of domestic and international clients on projects of varying size and complexity. He has provided services to all major industry sectors, including mining and resources, building and construction, utilities infrastructure and energy, transport, heavy industry and government sectors.

    Gerard has successfully testified in numerous domestic and international Arbitrations and civil proceedings, including in London, Singapore, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand and across Australia.

    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 & Expert Witness

    David Murphy

    General Manager & Expert Witness

    BAppSc(ConstMgt)

    David Murphy is General Manager and an Expert Witness at 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 acted as an Expert Witness and 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 the 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 & Expert Witness

    Ian Townson

    Principal & Expert Witness

    BEng(Civ) GradCertEng

    Ian Townson is a Principal and an Expert Witness at King Planning and has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

    Ian brings with him expertise in project and contract management processes with specialization 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 matters 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 programs 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 to produce 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 local, national and international construction companies across all sectors of the construction and infrastructure industries.

    Paul has held several senior management positions in Australia, including the role of Commercial Manager for a construction company for which he was required to implement a substantial construction administration training program.

    Paul has acquired extensive skills as a forensic analyst in construction disputes, in particular in relation to delay and disruption claims. He also provides support with claims preparation, contract administration and training, expert witness support, assistance with the Security of Payment adjudication 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 and was admitted to the legal profession in 2008.

    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 considerable experience in the analysis and preparation of claim material and routinely provides support in King Planning’s delivery of expert witness services, including attending at hearings. 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, Planner & Programmer

    Gary Cox

    Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    MBA MPM GCertBA

    Gary Cox is a Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer at King Planning, which he joined in 2013. He has extensive experience in the provision of both claims analysis and advisory services and planning and programming.

    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, contracts administrator, senior project engineer and planner at major Australian construction companies. Gary's practical knowledge of the construction industry provides him with the background necessary to implement practices and procedures that are focused on identifiable 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 AutoCAD.

    As well as planning and programming services, Gary routinely provides forensic analysis and dispute advice services. He 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 degree 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, Planner & Programmer

    Bill Hutchinson

    Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    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 is proficient in all forms of scheduling software, including Primavera P3 and P6 and Microsoft Project.

    Bill 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 minimize those risks. He offers invaluable experience at all stages of a project’s lifecycle.

    Bill also assists in the forensic analysis of project material that is required to provide considered advice to King Planning’s clients and to assist in the preparation of expert reports. His experience at both the ‘front end’ planning and programming and the ‘back end’ claims and disputes informs Bill's approach to the provision of each service.

    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 30 years.

    Michael has over 17 years of 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, Michael was the Services Design Manager at one of Australia’s largest construction companies and worked on more than $1.5 billion of complex and highly serviced, technically complex and challenging projects Including correctional centres, hospitals, data centres and defence facilities. This experience provides Michael with a unique understanding and appreciation of all aspects of building services. Leading the building services design and construction teams also required Michael to demonstrate exceptional communication and leadership skills.

    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 in projects involving large and complex MEP systems.

    Phone: +61 407 581 130
  • Andre Demchenko Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    Andre Demchenko

    Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    DipPM

    Andre Demchenko is a Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer at King Planning and has over 26 years of 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 of the practical aspects of construction and the technical details of programming allows him 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 invaluable array of planning, programming and analytical skills which can be harnessed on projects from conception through to completion. This includes the preparation and implementation of detailed engineering, procurement and construction schedules, establishing progress reporting procedures and carrying out monitoring and statusing of schedules, risk analysis and developing logical planning solutions.

    Andre has experience across a wide and varied number of projects across the construction and infrastructure industries. He also has experience in project supervision, project management, estimating and administration.

    Phone: +61 407 755 556
  • Mark Goldsmith Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    Mark Goldsmith

    Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    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, Planner & Programmer

    Gabrielle Van Der Linde

    Senior Consultant, Planner & Programmer

    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 Administration

    Georgie Ford

    Administration

    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 Receptionist

    Lisa McLaran

    Receptionist

    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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