Systech makes mark with top staff reshuffle

Five directors are poached from other firms as consultancy looks to specialise

Systech managing director, Stephen Rayment (left), with Gordan Moffatt (right), who is now heading up the firm?s Middle East and Africa operations.
Systech managing director, Stephen Rayment (left), with Gordan Moffatt (right), who is now heading up the firm?s Middle East and Africa operations.

Consultancy, Systech International, has lured five directors from rival firms after undergoing a major corporate restructure.

Gordan Moffatt, Hamish MacDonald, Tom Sawers and Graham Atherton, previously directors with JR Knowles, have now taken up senior positions with Systech in a bid to focus their consultancy work more on specialist contracts, commercial management, claims preparation and dispute resolution services to contractors, which are the company's key areas.

Systech has also appointed Mark Bond, a former director with Cyril Sweett/DG Jones, as associate director.


Gordan Moffatt is now Systech's managing director for the Middle East and Africa, and will be based in Dubai, while Hamish MacDonald has been taken on as director for Abu Dhabi, Tom Sawers as country manager for Qatar and Graham Atherton as associate director.

Systech's strategy of only operating for contractors was a major factor in securing the appointments.

Gordan Moffatt was managing director with JR Knowles before its link-up with Hill International.

"There are clear conflicts between the claims, project management and quantity surveying markets in the Middle East and, in my view, these services cannot be properly provided by the same business," said Moffatt.

"Hill International, like many others, is predominantly a project manager and its acquisition of JR Knowles, a claims specialist, was therefore difficult for me to comprehend.

"My expertise and interest is in disputes and claims, so I therefore looked for other opportunities," he added.

The company was founded by Stephen Rayment, the current group managing director, and has been operating in the Middle East and Africa for two years.

It has provided services for contractors working on projects including the Burj Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Metro and Dubai International Airport.

"There were a number of other opportunities open to them and their decision to join Systech reflects the confidence they have in our business and in our future plans," said Rayment.

Systech is also in the final stages of concluding negotiations in relation to further senior appointments in the region.

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