Partnering Advisers and Independent Advisers

The role of Partnering Adviser is a designated role in PPC2000. ACA, as publishers of the document have supported and funded the development of the concept of partnering in the construction industry. The ACA Accredited Partnering Adviser directory is below.

Shane Hughes
Partnering Adviser

Shane Hughes  is Director at Savills in the Public Sector division specialising in providing strategic investment and procurement advice to the social housing sector. 

Shane has over 25 years experience working with Registered Providers and Local Authorities throughout the UK in developing their long term investment plans, commissioning partnering frameworks and providing strategic management advice. 

He is a Partnering Adviser and Chair of the Alliancing Steering Group, regularly speaking at conferences and seminars on collaboration and alliancing. 

David Mosey
Partnering Adviser

Professor David Mosey PhD is Director of the King's College London Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, part of the Dickson Poon School of Law, and is former Head of Projects and Construction at Trowers & Hamlins solicitors.

With over 30 years' experience advising on building and infrastructure projects in the UK and the Middle East, David is described in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a "partnering guru" who "gives something to the industry". He is principal author of the “PPC2000” suite of partnering contract forms and is author of the “FAC-1” framework alliance contract, published in June 2016 after a year of industry consultation and already adopted on procurements worth over £10 billion. David’s work on FAC-1 was shortlisted for the 2017 King’s Award for “Research Project of the Year”.

David jointly led the UK Government "National Change Agent" team from 2005 to 2011, using regional consortium procurement to secure substantial cost savings, energy-efficient designs and over 500 new apprenticeships on housing programmes. He is currently “lead project mentor” for the UK Government trials of “Two Stage Open Book” procurement, testing the savings and other benefits achieved through the combination of early contractor involvement, collaborative working and Building Information Modelling.


David is author of “Procurement and Delivery Guidance Using Two Stage Open Book and Supply Chain Collaboration”, launched by Sir Vince Cable in July 2014. He led a two-year research project resulting in the July 2016 publication of “Enabling BIM through Procurement and Contracts”.


David won the UK Constructing Excellence "Achievers Award" 2009 and the 2015 Association of Consultant Architects medal for services to the practice and profession of architecture. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a Fellow of the Cambridge University Engineering Masters Programme.

Chris Paul
Partnering Adviser

Chris Paul

Partner – Projects and Construction, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Chris is a partner in the Projects and Construction department at Trowers & Hamlins, and has over 18 years' experience of advising on construction and procurement matters in the UK and overseas.

He advises on the full range of standard contract forms, and has significant experience in partnering/ alliancing arrangements under TPC2005, PPC2000 and framework arrangements. Alongside his work on partnering/alliancing projects, he advises on the full range of supporting documents, including professional appointments, framework arrangements, strategic alliancing agreements, collateral warranties, bonds, guarantees and operation and maintenance contracts.

Chris co-authored the Guide to ACA Term Partnering Contracts, and is a regular speaker on partnering/alliancing contracts, modern methods of construction and best practice.

Neil Thody
Partnering Adviser


Managing Director – Cameron Consulting

Neil Thody is Managing Director of Cameron Consulting.  A Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Neil is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).  Neil and his team have procured over £20bn of public sector contracts across a range of sectors including Housing, Education, Higher Education, Healthcare, Sport and Leisure, Commercial and Central Government.  Neil is also a CEDR accredited Mediator, Expert Witness and Independent Adviser.

As a leading exponent of partnering, alliancing and collaboration, Neil has procured a wide range of contracts using the ACA’s partnering and alliancing contracts.  Neil’s work as Partnering Adviser/Independent Adviser has included post contract support for The Football Foundation, Southwark Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Octavia Housing, Futures Housing Group, Catalyst Housing and Southern Housing Group.  In this role, Neil has provided both reactive support to the teams as a “first port of call” to help resolve disputes, using his skills as a CEDR Mediator.  In addition, Neil has provided proactive support in this role, leading initiatives around supply chain integration, achievement of social value objectives, risk management, performance management and independent cost consultancy.

Neil is a founding member of the Alliance Steering Group since its inception in 2005 and has contributed tirelessly in promoting collaborative working and the use of collaborative contracts.  Neil has participated in a number of conferences and was part of the consultative group when the new contacts FAC-1 and TAC-1 were launched in 2016/17.  Neil and his team were the first organisation to execute the new TAC-1 contract and the second to execute the FAC-1 contract.

John Forde
Partnering Adviser

John is a senior associate in Trowers & Hamlins' Projects and Construction department, which he joined in 2005. John qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 1999, and was admitted as a solicitor in England in Wales in May 2007.  John specialises in advising commercial clients and local government bodies on non-contentious construction law.  He negotiates and drafts building and engineering contracts and professional appointments. He has particular experience in advising on the use of the PPC2000 and TPC2005 partnering contract forms.  John has experience in advising social landlords and private sector contractors on innovative contractual strategies such as joint venture and subsidiary models, use of open-book pricing and incentives, and engagement with the supply chain.

John also advises on public sector procurement and EU procurement in relation to public sector asset management programmes and developments, and also advises on leaseholder consultation obligations in relation to procurement exercises.  John has particular experience advising on procurement of long-term partnering arrangements, framework arrangements, strategic alliance agreements, supply chain agreements, and use of the Competitive Dialogue procedure.

John is a frequent speaker at construction industry conferences and events, and regularly presents training programmes on public sector procurement and the use of partnering contracts.