Steve Rowsell


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Steve Rowsell is well known in the construction industry and has over 30 years experience in major project delivery. This includes senior roles at the Highways Agency and Crossrail Limited, and procurement related expert witness work.

Steve was Crossrail Head of Procurement between 2007 and 2010. His main tasks were to develop the procurement strategy and to lead the procurement of early contracts such as the Programme Partner, Project Delivery Partner and design frameworks. The responsibilities included the management of the work needed to obtain approval through the OGC Gateway and the HM Treasury’s Major Projects Review Group procedures.

From 2000 to April 2007 Steve was the Highways Agency’s Procurement Director. He was responsible for developing and implementing its new procurement strategy for delivery of the Government’s £2billion per annum strategic road construction and maintenance programme. The resulting strategy document, Delivering Best Value Solutions and Services, was published in 2001 and became highly influential and internationally recognised for its successful results.

The success of the Highways Agency’s approach to procurement resulted in Steve leading the new Change Agent role given to the Highways Agency by Sir Peter Gershon in his 2004 Efficiency Review. This involved working with Local Authorities to help to improve their procurement methods and achieve the challenging new efficiency targets.