The Team

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The Team at CMC Asia Pacific has an excellent track record in project and commercial management and the effective and successful resolution of complex issues.

We have spent our entire careers in the construction industry building a wealth of knowledge and experience that complements our legal qualifications. Not only do we have extensive knowledge of construction contracts, we have worked with and under many of the standard forms such as FIDIC, NEC, PPP, PFI, JCT, NZS and AS.

It is this experience and knowledge, gained from working with Clients, Representatives, Contractors and Subcontractors, that gives us the ability to fully understand the construction process from inception to delivery.

More importantly, to fully understand, and effectively resolve, any problem you may experience.

Raine Selles

Director

LLB(Hons) MSc Cons. Law & Arb. FFAVE(Master) FQSi MCIArb MNZIOB MNZACE

Raine has worked in the construction industry since the age of 17. She relishes the challenges it presents and has built an extremely successful career around the management and resolution of complex construction issues.

Raine spent her formative years working for private quantity surveying practices in the UK and following her gaining membership of the RICS, studied for a law degree and latterly a masters degree in Construction Law and Arbitration whilst in full time employment, and following that, membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1998.

For over 20 years, Raine has advised Clients and Contractors on best practice procurement, commercial management procedures and dispute resolution in addition to lecturing internationally on many related subjects, such as Construction legislation, Arbitration, FIDIC, NEC, NZS and other forms of contract along with commercial management, administration and dispute avoidance.

In doing so, Raine has built up a global reputation for successfully trouble shooting projects and resolving disputes without the need for formal litigation, working on many high profile, international contracts.

Raine founded CMC Asia Pacific in 2013 and, in a short time, has developed it into a professional and well-respected organisation within the region.

Specialities: Commercial and Cost Management | Project Management | Contract Administration | Contract Advice | Alternative Dispute Resolution | Adjudicator & Mediator | Expert Witness | Training

Projects: Energy, Airports, Rail, Road, Housing, Water, Nuclear, Commercial, Prison, Heritage, Marine

Steven C Evans

Director

BSc(Hons) LLB(Hons) FCIArb FAMINZ(Arb) FFAVE(Master) FRICS FCInstCES FCIOB PRI

Steven is an accomplished construction professional with almost 30 years’ experience in the industry gained initially as a quantity surveyor for a major multinational contractor, and thereafter in senior quantity surveying and commercial management positions.

Since 2003, he has specialised in contract law and now combines his extensive practical experience with legal qualifications to provide high quality, realistic and cost effective dispute resolution, commercial management and training services to a variety of clients internationally.

That practical experience encompasses a wide range of market sectors, construction types and methods, covering disciplines such as quantity surveying, commercial management, project management, claim preparation and defence, adjudication, arbitration, mediation, contract drafting and vetting and training.

Steven also has experience in estimating, planning, buying, project management, contracts management and management system design and implementation.

Steven has been a director of a well established, multi-national construction contract and commercial consultancy. With a professional team, he provided unrivalled and formidable construction and contract advice to clients in Ireland, Wales and the South West of England. As a lecturer for the training division of that organisation, Steven provided training on a variety of topics such as JCT, NEC3, Adjudication, Payment and Contract Law.

Before that Steven was quantity surveyor and, thereafter, managing surveyor for a construction company which had a turnover in excess of GBP70m. He headed the commercial department of the Wales division (with a turnover of GBP40m) and managed a team of 10 quantity surveyors. Steven gained a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in main contract and sub contract management and dispute resolution and created and implemented new company wide commercial management systems and procedures.

In 2012, Steven founded, and continues to run, a professional consultancy in the UK, Steven C Evans Ltd; in 2015 Steven moved to Australia and joined CMC Asia Pacific to assist in its expansion throughout Asia Pacific.

Steven is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow (Arb) of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, a Fellow (Master) of the Association of Forensic and Advanced Valuation Executives (AFAVE), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (and country representative for Australia) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. Steven is also a member of the Society of Construction Law and a Professional Member of the Resolution Institute in Australia.

“I was born in Wales in the UK, where I spent the majority of my life and career, before marrying an Aussie girl and emigrating to Australia with our two ‘Welshtralian’ boys.”

Specialities: Commercial and Cost Management | Project Management | Dispute Avoidance | Contract Advice | Dispute Management and Preparation | Claim Preparation and Defence (quantum and time) | Expert Witness | Adjudication | Mediation | Contract Advice, Drafting and Vetting | Training

Projects: Housing; Commercial; Refurbishment; Education; Retail; Equine; Infrastructure; Tunnelling; Water Treatment; Health; Transport; Leisure.

Matt Freeman

Associate

MSc Construction Project Management, MPhys Master of Physics, APMP, PRINCE2, MSP

Matt has a strong Project Management background and now works in areas where he can add most value. Matt’s expertise lies in the tactical phase of a project and service delivery with the incorporation of international best practice where it applies.

Matt has worked predominantly with Local Authorities, DHBs, contractors and utility companies, a large portion of my involving the implementation of collaborative management IT tools.

Matt is a passionate advocate for building collaborative working environments, and have procured and/or advised on many NEC3 contracts in New Zealand and the UK, as well as PPP’s in the UK.

Through his experience and personal attributes, Matt has developed specialist skills in stakeholder management, design team management, bid management, risk management, cost control and assisting clients in development appraisals and front-end project and organisation strategy. Matt has a strong focus on delivering the desired business outcomes for clients by understanding their day-to-day business requirements.

For the best outcomes, projects and programmes need to be established correctly at the outset, and this is achieved by properly completing front-end tactical phase whereby “best fit” contract and pricing strategies are established.

“I met my wife salsa dancing – she was the teacher.  We now have a little girl who is giving us a new perspective on life. In the little spare time I have outside family and work I am an avid mountain biker and regularly race across the country.”

Specialities: Project and Programme Management | Procurement & Contract Strategy and implementation | NEC3 Contracts – ECC, TSC, PSC, SC | Collaborative working | Collaborative IT tools | Early Contractor Involvement | PPP/PFI | Risk Management

Sue Morse

Associate

BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying MRICS

Sue is a highly experienced Chartered Quantity Surveyor with extensive experience of both public and private sector construction for clients, consultants and contractors, managing projects from inception through to completion.

She has run her own successful consultancy in the UK providing pre and post contract commercial services to a wide range of clients and contractors.

Sue has wide ranging experience of the practical applications of various forms of contracts.  An excellent communicator at all levels and an experienced construction industry tutor who brings a distinctive practicality and simplicity to training.

Sue has, particularly over recent years provided a diverse range of specialized services to her clients from simple budget costs to the preparation of tender documents and the management of the procurement and tender process.  As a highly adaptable quantity surveyor with over 20 years post qualification experience, she can bring many talents to the table.

Other expertise includes claim preparation, expert witness and dispute resolution, health and safety reviews and contract administration, accredited Thomas Telford Trainer. When working for contractors’ Sue has a proven track record of improvements to base line profitability.

Whilst working with County Councils in the UK, Sue developed her own estimating package which forms a suite of MS Excel documents that enable the smooth running of a project.  Valuations are generated and final accounts dealt with on a monthly basis from a simple excel spreadsheet.   She is a strong believer that simplicity is king.

Experience includes Housing Associations, Government Departments, Hospitals, Commercial and Residential Builds, Schools, Civic Amenities and Historical Buildings.

“I am married to a Policeman, Glen, and have two children. My interests include walking, horses, traveling and entertaining.”

Specialities: Commercial & Cost Management | Contract Administration | Procurement Advice and Strategy | Tender Support | Alternative Dispute Resolution | Mediation | Training

Contact Us

New Zealand Office

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Phone: +64 (0)9 363 3749
Email: raine.selles@cmcasiapacific.com
Address:
 Level 26, PWC Tower, 188 Quay Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Australia Office

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Phone: +61 (0)7 3053 5012
Email: steven.evans@cmcasiapacific.com
Address: Level 22, 127 Creek Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia