Quantity Surveying, Reading University UK
Mr. Taft is a Managing Director at Secretariat International where he specializes in providing independent expert advice on construction projects in the areas of scheduling, programming/delay and quantum analysis including assessments of productivity/inefficiency, prolongation, escalation, final account evaluation and a range of other damages impacts.
He has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry advising clients on issues involving contract administration, commercial management, claim preparation, delay, cost, disruption, and productivity analyses. Prior to joining Secretariat, in his 12 years as a Partner at EC Harris and 3 years as Managing Director at Navigant, Mr Taft’s capability became recognised in the UK and internationally as is evident by the frequency of appointments as a quantum expert on a wide range of major construction disputes. He has often acted as a party-appointed expert but has also been engaged as an Independent Assessor by Tribunals during International Arbitrations or by Dispute Boards.
Mr. Taft has been engaged on some of the world’s largest and most high-profile projects such as the Panama Canal Expansion. He has given evidence (including ‘witness conferencing’) during dispute proceedings and has been cross-examined on numerous occasions in a range of dispute processes including Arbitration and Litigation. Mr Taft’s experience as a practitioner from different parts of the industry, whilst working for both Contractors and Employers, has enabled him to provide valuable insights when acting as a quantum expert or when advising on the resolution or avoidance of disputes.
He has also regularly acted as Expert Advisor and as Independent Auditor on behalf of banks supporting investment on programmes such as the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement Project.
Mr. Taft has experience of project delivery and dispute resolution under many forms of construction contract including the Engineering Construction Contract (NEC), various FIDIC forms, ICE, JCT and other bespoke forms of Contract. George is typically engaged on large construction disputes with complex quantification issues throughout the UK and mainland Europe, North & South America, Central & East Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa. The range of construction projects on which George has experience include most aspects of major building projects and civil engineering including rail, airports, major piling, dewatering, tunnelling, concrete and steel structures together with large scale earthworks and off-shore/marine works.
Mr. Taft has a degree in Quantity Surveying from Reading University in the UK, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Academy of Experts.