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Career Highlights

Oct 2, 2011   //   by Chris Preece   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Career Highlights

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS (1994 to 2008)




  • In 1994, I was engaged in the design and development of a new MSc. programme in Construction Management. I was responsible for designing the curriculum, delivery and assessment methods. The module contents for the new course were tested with industry though surveys and workshops with senior managers from major construction companies.


  • In 1996, I was involved in the design and development of a new North American PhD Programme in Construction Management.


  • In 2005 I was involved with colleagues in the School of Civil Engineering and the University Chaplaincy in the design, development and preparation of a new module on Engineering Business and Professional Ethics. This was offered as an elective module for Masters and final year undergraduate students in the School of Civil Engineering and across the Faculty of Engineering. My role wsas as Module Manager. This was part of wider University initiatives to promote ethics across the Faculties and was include in a successful bid for Government funding under the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning scheme.


  • Between 2003 and 2008 I was co-leaders in developing a new module for second year students which would provide them with experience of work on a construction site. This project had been developed by Imperial College and engineering consultants formerly with Arup.




  • I was the Course Leader on the BEng. and MEng. Civil Engineering with Construction Management programme in the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK from 1994 to 2008. This involved me in working within a team as a member of the Course Leaders Committee and taking individual responsibility for the day-to-day management of the programme. As Course Leader for the MEng. programme I took a lead role as Exchange Co-ordinator with the Universities of Waterloo (since 1995) Alberta, Canada (since 1997) and the National University of Singapore (since 2000). This involved developing these programmes and visiting and liaising with colleagues in the host Universities.


  • From 1996 I was working with the Directorate of Quality in the School, initially reviewing the Quality Procedures, and in 1997, developed the School’s Student Assessment system.


  • I was a member of the Marketing Committee (1996-008) and worked in a team developing an effective strategy for the School of Civil Engineering.


  • From 2006 to 2008 I was Marketing and Publicity Coordinator for the School of Civil Engineering and organised a number of initiatives to help promote the School including a highly successful 60th anniversary corporate and alumni dinner and an international alumni seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  • In 2004 I became a member of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, Equality and Diversity committee. I was responsible for the development of the Faculties approach to Governance issues and was charged with identifying the training needs of senior staff, checking the Equal Opportunties policies for the Schools within the Faculty were consistent with University policies and reviewing the contents of undergraduate and postgraduate handbooks.


  • I was a member of the Faculty of Engineering Board (1996-2008).


  • I represented the School abroad and was able to negotiate a new exchange for construction management students at the University of Alberta in 1997. In 1998, I visited both the University of California at Berkeley and Penn State University to establish further undergraduate and postgraduate links.


  • In 1998 I was invited by Professor John Bale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and the Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University, to represent the School of Civil Engineering on a nationally funded project to assist graduates working in small to medium sized construction companies develop their continuing professional development activities.




  • June 1997 and 1999 I provided hours of lectures on the module titled Public Relations in the Construction Industry on the MSc. in Construction Marketing at Oxford Brookes University.


  • In July 2000 I provided a one-day seminar on the MSc in Construction Innovation for Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian Univeristy in Stirling.


  • In June 2002, 2003 and 2004 I was invited to present half-day seminars to the MSc in Construction Management at the University of Bath.




  • In April 1998 I was elected Vice-Chairman of the Leeds and West Yorkshire Centre of the Chartered Institute of Building. I was also elected onto a national committee dealing with equal opportunities issues in construction.


  • Between 1998 to 2008 I was been a member of the CIOB Yorkshire Branch College Liaison committee. I have served as a member of the Yorkshire Regional Branch committee for seven years.


  • I have been involved in examining candidates for Corporate Membership of the CIOB and was a member of the Professional Interviewing Panel in the Yorkshire Region (1997-2008).


  • In April 2001 I was elected Chair of the Yorkshire Branch and to the national council of the Charered Institute of Building. I served on the National Council of the Chartered Institute of Building and also served as a member of the Member Services and Education and Professional Practices Boards. In 1998, I was elected onto a national committee in the Chartered Institute of Building dealing with equal opportunities issues in construction and served for one year.


  • I have been involved in organising many CPD events for the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. A number of these were held in the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds and in other institutions. In 1996, I was involved in the organisation of the John Laing and Shepherd lectures were held at the University of Leeds and attracted much interest from the local industry. Around fifty students, staff and industrialists attended.


  • I was Chairman of the committee on Continuing Professional Development in Yorkshire (CPD Yorkshire) which aimed to co-ordinate CPD across the various construction professions (since 1996). I assisted in the organisation of the Yorkshire Construction Week in 1997, 1998 and 1999.


  • In 2000 I was invited to direct and Chair Construction Expo 2000, the first national conference and exhibition organised by the Chartered Institute of Building


  • I was a founding director of “Concourse” in Leeds from 1996 to 2008 representing the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds and the CIOB. This organisation aimed to develop a dedicated centre for education and practice in art, architecture, construction, planning and urban design.


  • I was a member of the Yorkshire and Humberside Construction Careers Group since 1998.





In September 2006, I organised a seminar at UNITEN in Kuala Lumpur on Business Development for Construction and Engineering Professionals. The event was a collaboration between the University of Leeds, UK and University Sains Malaysia, Inti Colleges, and the International Islamic University Malaysia. The even attracted over 60 delegates from academia and Industry.


In October 2005, I organised a national one day seminar on Business Development for Construction Professionals in Leeds. This was sponsored by major construction companies and attracted over 150 industrial participants.


In September 2004 I have organised the 1st National Construction PR Conference to be held in Leeds. This is supported by CIOB, CIMCIG and CAPSIG and is sponsored by Yorkshire Forward and numerous commercial organisations.


September 2001 I organised the 2nd International Construction Marketing Conference at the Building Research Establishment, Watford, England.


August 1998 I organised the first Leeds International Construction Marketing Conference. The Proceedings included over forty academic and industrial papers from over ten countries. Speakers included the Minister for London and Construction and other high profile industry leaders.


In 1997, I organised and chaired three major conferences and workshops aimed at enhancing understanding, and development of advanced commercial skills for construction managers. These were as follows;


April 1997, one day conference on Marketing and public relations in the construction industry (90 delegates)

June 1997, half-day conference on Pre-qualification in construction (60 delegates)

October 1997, one day conference on Service quality and client satisfaction for design and build contractors (100 delegates)


These events drew delegates from regional and national construction organisations and professional institutions. They have been supported by the Chartered Institute of Building, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and other institutions in the construction sector.