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Tessa Chesney

Programme & Project Management, Controls and Project Recovery

PDSI Group is an independent privately owned Construction and Infrastructure Consultancy specialising in programme and project management, PMO management, project controls, cost planning and cost management, forensic planning, project turnaround and management of the systems engineering lifecycle. The quality of service that we provide, and our successful delivery of outcomes is underpinned by our market leading director led assignments. We achieve this through a collaboration focussed on stand-alone client facing assignments. Our drive to establish long lasting improvements and success in fast changing and uncertain environments, is embedded in our DNA. This is reflected in our behaviours and unrivalled commitment to continually enhance outcomes for our clients and all those we work with.

Read on to learn more about our Programme & Project Management, Controls and Project Recovery services and contact Graeme Jakins, our Director of Programme Management for further information –

PDSI Programme Management Controls and Project Recovery

Profile Welcomes Lourdes Aboard!

We are pleased to welcome Lourdes Medina to the Profile team!

We are delighted to have Lourdes on board, joining the team based in our Spanish office.

She joins the team as an Administration Assistant and will be helping out the UK office of Profile too.

Well done Lourdes, good luck & welcome to the team.

Profile are Recruiting – Assistant Claims Consultant

Profile Construction Consultants are seeking to appoint a junior to mid level claims consultant to join its growing contractual services team based in West Malling, Kent.

The role would ideally suit a postgraduate or junior construction professional seeking a career in the claims and dispute resolution sector.

See attached for more information and send your CV to if you are interested.

Assistant Claims Consultant role - March 2021



Initiate Consulting proudly welcomes back Richard Golding as their new Director of Rail

Initiate Consulting proudly welcomes back Richard Golding as their new Director of Rail

Richard re-joins Initiate as their Director of Rail. He brings with him over 40 years’ experience of the UK and overseas rail and construction industry with extensive Assurance, Project and Commercial management. He has strong specialist knowledge in railways, railway regulatory funding and financing, urban regeneration, business case analysis and preparation.

Richard, who has a comprehensive specialist rail background, was most recently a Director in the rail sector at Gleeds, and before the short time with Initiate as their UK Rail Account Director, he was the Project Director at Mott MacDonald responsible for rail, highway, aviation and light rail transit, having previously been at Network Rail as their Head of Strategy and at Railtrack as their Asset Manager/Head of Sponsorship.

Richard said: “I am delighted and excited to have re-joined Initiate Consulting whom I have know since c2005 and worked with in 2016 on the LUL and Crossrail Stations Joint Delivery Partner team.”

Ian Lumsden, Managing Director at Initiate, said: “We are immensely pleased that Richard chose to come back to Initiate after his time at Gleeds, Initiate is growing rapidly in infrastructure and related areas and Richard will reinforce that growth in the rail sector where he is highly regarded.”

Survey reveals persistence of IR35 ignorance but Initiate is prepared

IR35 changes will impact how the industry works but Initiate and the PDSI Group have been researching this for 12 months in preparation and we are confident we are ready.

The IR35 rules govern the tax status of an individual working as a contractor (or freelancer) and whether, for taxation purposes, they ought to be deemed an employee on the payroll. Businesses that fail to exercise reasonable care in determining the IR35 tax status of a contractor could face significant fines.

Recruitment firm Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering (CPE) conducted a survey of 204 medium and large UK construction businesses in the first two weeks of November.

It found that 26% remain totally unaware of the upcoming IR35 changes and their consequences. Fewer than half (44%) are aware that they need to prepare for these changes or are currently part way through this process.

Only 30% have a plan already in place.

Originally set to come into effect from April 2020, the implementation of IR35 legislation changes was postponed until 6th April 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The changes mean that medium and large businesses in the UK will be responsible for determining whether IR35 rules apply to those working for them as contractors, whereas previously the individual contractor was responsible for making this decision.

Only 24% said that they have understood the government’s IR35 guidelines – 76% admitted to being not up-to-speed or still having outstanding questions.

Randstad CPE managing director Owen Goodhead said: “Worryingly, despite having an extra 12 months to prepare, our latest findings reveal that the majority of construction businesses aren’t ready for changes to IR35. Tax regime changes are likely to have fallen on the backburner given the upheaval generated by Covid-19, with survival mode kicking in for many. But these changes will have a deep impact on recruitment and HR processes and operations, with the need for in-depth stakeholder training and deployment of new management tools.”

The construction sector has a heavy reliance on contract workers, 98% of firms questioned in this survey reported using them, so the impact of the changes in April is set to be wide-ranging.

Owen Goodhead continued: “It is still possible to prepare for IR35, but businesses need to act urgently, to start impact assessments and seek high quality advice. To put things into perspective, offers made to contractors now on the basis of a six-month contract will last beyond the 6th April 2021 and will therefore be in scope. This means the onus will be on the employer to determine the IR35 status of contractors and exercise reasonable care in doing so.”

Is your business prepared for upcoming changes to IR35 in April 2021? (%)

  • We aren’t aware of what the IR35 changes are or their impact 26%
  • We haven’t started our preparations for IR35 yet, but will be doing so 18%
  • We have started preparations for IR35 changes, but we aren’t there yet 26%
  • The business is prepared for the changes and has a plan in place 30%

Do you feel that your business can cope with additional costs as a result of IR35? (%)

  • Unsure, as I don’t know what the additional costs might amount to 43%
  • No, I don’t foresee any additional costs 13%
  • No, in the current climate we will struggle 19%
  • Yes, we have assessed the costs and have sufficient resource 25%

Further reading:

IR35 changes confirmed for April 2021:Will Clayton, employment partner at Constantine Law, explains the implications.

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PDSI Welcomes Jenna Aboard!

We are pleased to Welcome Jenna Alderson to the PDSI Team.

We are delighted to have Jenna on board, joining us as Terry Chapman’s Executive Assistant.

She brings with her a wealth of experience and in these unprecedented times, has hit the ground running.

Well Done Jenna & Welcome to the Team!

SafeContractor & SafePQQ Accreditations

We are building a better working world for everyone. One that’s safer, healthier and stronger.

Profile Construction Consultants are pleased to announce that they have received their accreditation for SafeContractor and SafePQQ for another year.

Having first joined Exor, now renamed Alcumus SafeContractor in 2013, Profile are delighted to be entering into their 7th year of membership with the UK’s leading health and safety accreditation scheme.

SafeContractor delivers a tailored health and safety accreditation allowing contractors to showcase their capabilities to potential customers. By gaining their SafeContractor accreditation and SafePQQ verification, Profile’s demonstrates their commitment to sustainable and ethical practices.

Well done from us all at PDSI.

Congratulations Profile – 2 New Director Promotions

Profile Construction Consultants are pleased to announce that two of their Associate Directors, Richard Begbey & Miguel Montesinos, have been promoted this month to Directors.

Miguel joined the company nearly 7 years ago and has been running the Spanish office since 2016. He is a civil planner and engineer, has been heavily involved with Crossrail projects and is now heading up our BIM services with the assistance of his team.

Richard joined the company just over a year ago and heads our Delay Claims Department. He provides support services ranging from dispute avoidance, mediation & resolution to quantification of disruption and quantum claims.

Congratulations from everyone in the PDSI Group – Well deserved.

PDSI Group Maintains Cyber Essentials Certificate for the 3rd Year Running

We are pleased to report that we have achieved the Cyber Essentials certification again without any non-conformities for the 3rd year running.

What is Cyber Essentials?

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.

Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. The advice given to achieve certification is designed to prevent these attacks.

Certification gives you peace of mind that your defences will protect against the vast majority of common cyber attacks simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place.

Well done to the PDSI Team!

PDSI Group Cyber Essentials 2020 Cert

Newly Qualified – Construction Logistics Planning Practitioner

We are proud to announce that Kamal Ahmad, Assistant Project Manager at the PDSI Construction Consultants Group of Companies, has recently been accredited with the Construction Logistics Planning Practitioner Certificate and now able to provide Outline and Detailed CLP’s for our clients.

The Construction Logistics Planning (CLP), has been developed to reduce the volume and impact of construction road freight and the associated issues of safety, congestion and air quality, will provide planning authorities with all the details of expected logistics activities during the construction project and signifies the commitment of developers at the planning stage, and through their subsequent development.

Purpose & benefits of a CLP:

  • To consider the logistical impacts of proposed developments
  • Reduce environmental impact, road risk and congestion
  • Raise safety standards and enhanced site efficiency
  • Promote more cost-effective construction logistics activity
  • Provide scope for the use of more sustainable modes of transport
  • Use for evidence in meeting planning requirements

This industry-led accreditation has provided our group with the expertise to allow us to deliver both outline and detailed CLP’s for planning, construction stages and complex construction routing strategies, enabling us to provide a first-class professional service.

We support clients, contractors, materials suppliers, waste contractors with vehicle and logistics planning and management to achieve ‘best in class’ reduction in vehicle movements, enhanced site efficiency, improved profits and compliance with increasing legislation required through their planning applications.

Whether you need a simple or a comprehensive CLP that is a fundamental element of the evolution of the development through planning, design development, construction and in occupation phases connected to BIM and the construction programming processes, PDSI can provide flexible support to suit your business and needs.

For further information and advice on how we can help with providing a comprehensive CLP please contact us today.


Congratulations – Exam Success!

Please join us in congratulating Katarina Jocic on passing the ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Exam, completed with the BSI Training Academy.

The Internal Auditor course gave Katarina the knowledge to:

  • Explain the guidelines of auditing management systems according to ISO 19011:2018 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems
  • Describe the application of these guidelines to auditing ISO 9001:2015

And taught her the skills to:

  • Initiate the audit
  • Prepare and audit activities; complete the audit
  • Prepare and distribute the audit report
  • Audit follow-up

This course is designed to help us:

  • Recognise areas your Certification Body (CB) will be generally looking for to comply with generic internal auditing requirements in management system standards. This will include the meanings and intention of certification criteria and associated theories, methodologies, techniques or tools
  • Prepare, conduct and follow-up on audit activities
  • Identify and apply the benefits and requirements for an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems (QMS) internal audit
  • Gain the skills to assess an organisation’s capability to manage its QMS
  • Write factual audit reports and assess corrective actions

Well done from the team at PDSI Construction Consultants and Initiate Consulting Limited.


Congratulations – Exam Success!

Please join us in congratulating Tessa Chesney on passing the ISO 9001:2015 Requirements Exam, completed with the BSI Training Academy.

The Requirements course covered:

– Importance and benefits of an ISO 9001:2015 QMS
– Key requirements, terms and definitions of ISO 9001:2015
– Structure of ISO 9001:2015, which incorporates the Annex SL common framework for management system standards
– Main concepts such as risk-based thinking, process approach, Plan-Do-Check-Act, and the 7 management principles

And is designed to help us:

– Identify the key requirements and benefits of ISO 9001:2015
– Manage quality and drive continual improvement
– Take steps to ensure that quality is at the heart of your organisation
– Attract and retain customers by meeting their current and future needs better

Well done from the team at PDSI Construction Consultants and Initiate Consulting Limited.