Martin Barnes' Story

Author: Martin Barnes
Martin Barnes' Story

Martin travelled to the USA and Canada in 1971 to investigate aspects of construction relevant to a revision of practice back in the UK.

The Fellowship

As a Churchill Fellow, he was able to talk to senior people within the organisations that he visited, and discussed with them how they managed construction projects so he could distill their experience for the benefit of the UK. 

The Results 

Martin has been able to apply much of what he learnt from his Travelling Fellowship to his career in the UK. 

Having set himself up as a consultant in project management, he went on to lead the team which conceived, designed and wrote the New Engineering Contract (the NEC). Since its inception in the early nineties, the NEC has become the market leader in contracts for the procurement of work. It has revolutionised the management of major civil engineering projects and is now gaining recognition, and being adopted, by many projects across over 20 countries. 

Martin's contribution to the development of project management methods and techniques (not only the NEC) has been widely recognised.

He was awarded the Chartered Institute of Management's Special Award and the Institution of Civil Engineer's Watson Medal, President's Medal and Spirit of Telford Award. In 2009, Her Majesty the Queen presented him with a CBE for services to civil engineering. 

Until his retirement, Martin was President of the Association for Project Management. 

My Churchill Fellowship, all those years ago, set me on a course which I did not recognise then but have clearly recognised since. I now know that it helped to make me what I am.