About Us2018-10-15T15:10:02+00:00

at a glance

Kingsfield has been providing support to the international engineering and construction industry for over 30 years. After starting life as a traditional claims consultant, we have evolved to provide a wide range of services to our clients’ projects all over the world. Our primary aim is to avoid claims and disputes via hands-on pragmatic assistance to project teams – delivered through our consulting, planning and learning business streams


Starting out as a claims consultancy over 35 years ago, Kingsfield has evolved into much more – but with projects always at our core


Completing our project offering with planning, forensic analysis and cutting edge 4D visualisation capabilities


With a belief in developing people, teams and organisations, our Academy was a natural extension to our consulting services

Kingsfield Consulting

Our business streams

Three business streams supporting the profitable and timely delivery of your complex projects – by hands-on, collaborative consulting; as experts in our field of project management; and via innovative and engaging training

Meet Our Team

What differentiates Kingsfield is that our people have worked on engineering and construction projects around the world and have held senior positions in contractor, owner and subcontractor companies. We can empathise with the challenges that your project teams face and are able to work with you to devise practical yet innovative solutions borne out of our collective experiences. We are a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team with an international outlook; a diversity we value

John Fotherby
John FotherbyExecutive Chairman
John focuses on helping contractors help themselves achieve profit driven solutions to commercial risk challenges on projects whilst recognising the need for sustainable business relationships with owners and the supply chain

This approach stems from the belief that arbitration or litigation does not resolve disputes effectively and although conflicts are inevitable, disputes need not be. John believes safe work delivery to the specified quality is a “must” to be complemented by a realistic project plan, adherence to a well-developed commercial strategy and effective change management practice that collectively provide a sound basis for success. However, “facts” alone are insufficient; contracting parties need to align on key project objectives and work collaboratively whilst respecting contractual boundaries. John is passionate about helping our clients develop “success factors” and achieve profitable delivery

Karen Cherrill
Karen CherrillDirector, Kingsfield Consulting
After over 25 years of broad technical and commercial experience with an international contractor, Karen finds inventive ways to apply this to help our clients at Kingsfield.

Starting as a process engineer with a degree in chemical engineering, Karen has worked on E&C projects globally. She developed a keen interest in risk management but found it generally leaving a lot to be desired! If all contractors actually do is bid projects and deliver them, she believes that addressing the risks of both should be at the core of their business model. Her key aim at Kingsfield is to provide a range of services to our clients that will help them manage their project risks – in the very widest sense – and thereby achieve their business objectives

Gabriele Burian
Gabriele BurianDirector, Kingsfield Academy
For Gabriele, cultivating a culture of continuous improvement, learning and inquiry is key to achieving the best possible business performance– whether at Kingsfield or in its client organisations

These values – together with almost 30 years of international industry experience and academic qualifications in psychology, organisational change & coaching as well as elearning – provide the foundation from which Gabriele has steadily built a portfolio of services which are delivered through Kingsfield Academy as well as Kingsfield Consulting. Special interests include leadership and team coaching, whole systems facilitation and project team alignment

Carl Haynes
Carl HaynesManaging Consultant - Learning & Development
Carl’s motivation lies in helping individuals and teams identify and achieve their goals through a combination of alignment, team & performance coaching

With 20+ years’ experience in the Royal Navy Carl is an engineer with hands-on experience of what it takes to set and achieve realistic goals in pressurised environments, both as an integral member and a leader of successful teams.  Carl is a passionate coach and supporter of the development of others

Jayne Hagan
Jayne HaganManaging Consultant
Jayne combines her legal background with over 7 years’ hands-on contract management experience on EPC projects and construction disputes

Jayne’s background has provided her with an understanding of clients, the scope of works they undertake, their methods of operation and understanding the different cultures in which they work.  Jayne is passionate about developing different strategies and providing practical solutions to real issues our clients face and working to enhance efficiency at every stage to support the clients’ needs and to improve project delivery

Chris Dean
Chris DeanManaging Consultant - Forensic
Chris has a wide range of experience in dispute resolution having acted for both Claimant and Respondent

Chris has been involved in construction dispute resolution for over 13 years and has worked on a wide range of complex construction projects ranging from nuclear power plants, maritime berthing facilities, hydro-electric dams and both residential and commercial developments in Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Having acted on behalf of the claimant and respondent in both litigation and arbitration, Chris has a detailed understanding of the requirements to be met for any successful claim

Andre Martins
Andre MartinsManaging Consultant
Andre is driven by the satisfaction of solving problems and overcoming challenges through the application of multidisciplinary knowledge and skills

Andre is a civil engineer with experience in projects under difficult economic conditions and ambitious targets where the combination of technical knowledge and commercial awareness are crucial for achieving success.

Jonathan Aitken
Jonathan AitkenSenior Consultant
With over 7 years’ experience working for a large EPC Contractor on mega oil & gas projects around the world, Jonathan brings his expertise in the field of contracts and subcontracts management

With a particular interest in the management of subcontractor claims, Jonathan understands the needs of our clients to reach quick, cost effective and practical solutions to resolve subcontractor disputes, before they escalate and take a further toll on the Project. Jonathan’s passion lies in finding new and innovative approaches to claims management and to help our clients maintain their profit margins by managing subcontractor claims effectively.

Fernando Falcon
Fernando FalconCountry Manager - Spain
Fernando is passionate about working with contractors in complex projects applying his analytical skills combined with his ability to be creative to solve problems and with the aim of recovery of project profit

Fernando has over 20 years’ experience working for Spanish EPC and Construction Contractors and on international complex megaprojects. Fernando understands the problems contractors are facing in the international market to deliver a successful project and thereby achieve their business objectives. In Kingsfield Fernando’s goal is to work closely with Spanish clients to help to find solutions and achieve settlements for the profitable delivery of their complex international projects and the development of people, teams and systems to align them with the business objectives

Celestino Moreno Fernández
Celestino Moreno Fernández Consultant
Celestino has gained broad professional experience, initially incorporating Civil Engineering and Site Supervision, before working as a specialist in Project Controls for the last 6 years

Celestino has gained a wide range of experience in international projects that includes the design, supervision and monitoring of a range of civil projects in Peru and Spain, together with Project Controls expertise for EPC Oil & Gas and Energy Projects in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Algeria. With a particular interest in new technologies applied to project management, he supports our clients in the development of claims and schedule analysis, and specialises in the use of modern tools such as 4D planning to present and communicate these complex issues

Our Network…

We recognise that teamwork, coupled with diversity of thought and experience, can lead to better commercial and contractual solutions for our clients. Therefore we actively participate in industry and academic forums, seek out partnerships with consultants who have complementary skills to offer, and encourage our staff to build their own networks and pursue personal interests. A few of our network partners are shown below…