By Ron Chen, Correspondent ASEAN Region
Driver Group has announced that a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Civil Engineering Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience of the construction industry David Merritt has joined the Group as a Quantum Expert.
On David’s appointment to the Group, Chief Executive Officer Mark Wheeler said: “When the opportunity came along to talk to David about joining our team, I was very keen to ensure we went the extra mile to secure his services. He is extremely professional and very experienced, not only in delivery but in business management and strategy. David is highly respected by his industry peers and someone whose values entirely reflect ours. I am delighted to have David as part of the Driver Group team”
Based in Dubai, David has been engaged by contractors, private and public sector employers and various professional practices. David’s major sector experience includes buildings, infrastructure, marine and energy projects across Europe, Africa, the Far East and the Middle East where he has worked on many high-profile projects with values in excess of US$5 billion.
David’s main area of technical expertise is in evaluating contractual claims, covering such subject matters as prolongation, disruption, acceleration, cost escalation, depreciation, head office overheads, and loss of profit claims.
His move to the Group was influenced by various elements including their rich heritage and pedigree in the construction claims and expert witness sector, the passion shown by the CEO, and the calibre of the Middle East team and the Group’s global practitioners.
On why he made the move to Driver Group David commented: “It was an easy decision really! When I met with Mark Wheeler, the Chief Executive Officer, and he set out his plans and vision for the Driver Group, I was on board straight away. Of course, I knew of Driver Group and their rich heritage and pedigree in the construction claims and expert witness sector, but it was Mark’s enthusiasm and commitment to the business that won me over. Driver is passionate about its people and its clients, and that resonates with me and they do not compromise on quality, which of course is very important. In short, Driver Group was a great fit for me. They are a world class business in a niche industry with some of the very best practitioners around. Driver Group has always had a very strong presence in the United Kingdom, but it is now firmly established and recognised as one of the leading commercial, claims and expert witness businesses in the world. The Diales Expert Witness brand is globally recognised as one of the very best so that was a big attraction. When you add into the mix an enviable list of blue-chip clients it was an easy decision.“
Head of Diales Middle East Phil Duggan said: “David is an excellent addition to our team in the Middle East. Not only does he provide us with another top quality expert to assist clients old and new, but he also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will no doubt prove invaluable to the development of all of our team.”