North East

General Information

To promote and support the professional interests of those in the North East Regional Cluster who are span a broad range of disciplines, including :


  • Cost Engineers Quantity Surveyors
  • Commercial Managers
  • Project Controllers
  • Planners


And who are responsible for prediction, planning and control of resources and cost for activities in the engineering, manufacturing, and construction sectors.

Regional Objectives


  • To provide access to high quality personal professional development in the form of talks, seminars, workshops, conferences and training on subjects with particular relevance to the North East construction, engineering and manufacturing economy.
  • To work alongside other regional companies, employers, professional bodies and academic institutions to provide information and intelligence regarding economic changes affecting the region, innovations in process and engineering technologies and opportunities for growth affecting the people and professions associated with our sectors
  • To support Diversity & Inclusion within the Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering Sectors and to champion and raise awareness of the adaptability, resilience and commitment of the people and resources based in the North East.



North East Chair, Ian Hedley BSc (HONS) MRICS MAPM MACostE


Web ImageDirector, Solomons Europe


As a Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Cost Engineers, Ian is a well connected and hardworking regional Chair, keen to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking across the North East.

He is deeply invested in personal development, acting as mentor to a number of young professionals in the North East and beyond, as well as being eager to promote events and opportunities which will see the region reach its full potential - connecting the north east regions and providing opportunities for local contractors and clients to meet and network.

As North East Director of Solomons Europe, responsible for the regional division, it is Ian's aim is to develop the ACostE North East branch to be a regular contributor on the regional events list, and to increase membership of the ACostE.

With over 15 years' experience working in Highways, Utilities and Civil Engineering sectors, Ian has extensive experience of providing integrated contract management and commercial services to clients throughout the UK.

Victoria Clements

Web ImageRegional Events Coordinator


Victoria acts voluntarily to support the Regional Cluster by managing and coordinating the North East Regional Events, securing engaging guest speakers throughout the year, to cover a range of subjects and issues of relevance to regional members.

With high attendance rates, the seminars are well received and regularly attended, providing an excellent opportunity to network with like minded people in the region, whilst developing industry knowledge and awareness.

By sourcing and engaging Guest Speakers to share knowledge and intelligence on key regional issues, and regularly engaging with regional members to establish hot topics for future sessions, Victoria is able to ensure sessions held are of relevance and interest to our members.


The Rise of Smart Contracts - 6.15pm Monday 1 July 2019


The Government is investing in improving the Court services available to commercial and property interests in the North East with a new “Business in Property” based in Newcastle serving the Region.

Government policy is strongly encouraging lawyers and litigants experts and authorities to bring their disputes, no matter how large, to trial in Newcastle.  This nurtures the retention and development of local skills and expertise, strengthens the local market for all aspects of legal service including forensic and expert witness work, and potentially diverts considerable funds from London to the local professional community.

Members of AcostE might be interested to learn of this improvement in local specialist construction court service.  We have a very senior High Court Judge, Sir Geoffrey Vos, to speak to us upon the very contemporary issue of smart contracts.

A smart contract is essentially a normal contract but expressed in a programme such as Ethereum or kick-starter, with some special “online” characteristics including immutability, distribution, digital creation and expression, and the capacity to hold funds in escrow.  Typically smart contracts are stalled on a block chain and there is no doubt that for many service industries such as courier and delivery, for  banking, and for insurance, smart contracts are going to get more and more important in the near future.

Sir Geoffrey Vos is pioneering the English Courts’ work on getting to grips with these new forms of legal relationship and ensuring that England remains a world class jurisdiction for commercial disputes.

To book, just go on Eventbrite.