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Seven Facts About... & Going Places

Seven Facts About...
Gary Blackburn, associate director, Hill International

1 Blackburn has just been promoted to head up Hill International's Leeds office, moving from the firm's office across the Pennines in Manchester where he was a senior consultant.

2 He started his career as a quantity surveyor and s now a specialist in dealing with construction claims.

3 His job will be to grow Hill international's presence in Yorkshire, as region where the firm is trying to establish a itself. In particular he will be pursuing schemes in the Leeds and Bradford areas.

Blackburn joined Hill as a senior consultant from Blake Newport 12 months ago after working in the construction industry for 20 years.

5 Among his first tasks will be the rebranding of the Leeds office from Knowles to Hill International.

6 As well as advising on claims, Blackburn gives clients help with their procurement strategies.

7 He has considerable expertise in the commercial management of building and civil engineering projects.


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