Kingsfield has provided support to the international engineering and construction industry for over 40 years. After starting life as a traditional claims company and decades of supporting our clients through consulting, the support of learning and continuous improvement in all its forms is now the centre of our services. Our primary focus is project critical training, leadership development and coaching to support the profitable and capital efficient delivery of projects

Our business streams

Our business streams support the profitable and efficient delivery of your complex projects – by strategic consulting; as experts in our field of project commercial 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.

John Fotherby
John FotherbyPartner - Kingsfield Academy
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 CherrillPartner - Kingsfield Academy
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 BurianManaging Partner - Kingsfield Academy
For Gabriele, cultivating a culture of continuous improvement, learning and inquiry is key to achieving the best possible business performance.

These values – together with 30 years of international industry experience and academic qualifications in psychology, organisational change & coaching and online learning – provide the foundation from which Gabriele has steadily built Kingsfield Academy’s portfolio of learning & development solutions. Special interests include project leadership development, team coaching, group & whole systems facilitation, project team alignment & collaboration and the implementation of digital & elearning in corporate learning.

Carl Haynes
Carl HaynesPartner - Kingsfield Academy
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

Franz Votapek
Franz VotapekExecutive Consultant - Kingsfield Academy
Franz is a project management specialist and highly experienced executive coach, consultant & trainer and a valued partner within Kingsfield’s network of associates.

Franz has extensive project management experience after a career in international plant construction in infrastructure, energy, and pharma sectors.

His consulting & coaching portfolio is firmly rooted in business & project reality and ranges from advising on the implementation of PMO and project management processes, project coaching, business process improvements including innovation and product development, to organisational change initiatives and mergers & acquisitions. He is also an experienced project management trainer & educator who has lectured in Project Management at the Technical University, Vienna. He holds PMP®, IPMA-CPM & Scrum Master certifications. Franz is a ‘no-nonsense’ person known for his integrity and strong values – qualities which he brings to his assignments with clients and business partners.

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 and associates who have complementary skills to offer. A few of our network partners are shown below…