Alexcia Ossei – Williams
Role: Associate Director, Forensic Expert Witness
Office location: London
Joined the team: October 2018
After completing my Masters in Construction Law and Dispute resolution at King’s College London, I met with Duncan. His passion with regards to the business, its direction and its people, convinced me that it would be a good space to develop my career. One thing I’ve learnt during my years in the industry is that it is good to be in a place where there is growth, to allow you to grow alongside the business, and Base Quantum allows that.
What is your favourite thing about working for Base?
We have a variety of work and people at Base. The team is young and dynamic, and the leaders are supportive.
What do you feel you bring to Base?
Having worked at different commercial levels on major infrastructure projects over the past 12 years, this brings a level of expertise in Quantity Surveying which is beneficial to the business. Furthermore, as an APC assessor, I am interested in developing younger members of the team and supporting their APC journey to achieve RICS Chartership.
What would you consider to be your area of expertise?
I particularly enjoy valuation of works and change, negotiation of contracts and generally knowing about and working with NEC contracts on infrastructure schemes.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
For now, it is to become a respected and reliable Expert Witness and also a key player in driving the success of Base Quantum.
The industry is becoming heavily innovative and there is a lot of technology being used and developed. I believe technology is going to play a significant role in sustainable procurement and developing sustainable relationships in the industry as it helps minimise inefficiencies.
How do you see Base fitting into those changes?
At Base, there is a drive to continuously develop the team. We aren’t only focused on core technical capabilities and doing a good job, but also on increasing awareness of changes within the industry and helping the team learn to tackle them.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced at Base so far?
The move from quantity surveying on major projects to working as part of a quantum expert team has been a great opportunity for growth. It’s taken some getting used to. I’ve learned not to take things at face value, to dig deeper into information I’ve been presented with and to remember that, in Expert Witness work, I’m not there to represent one side.
What would your biggest piece of advice be to those starting in the industry today?
Get involved. Don’t limit yourself to one area of the industry – try to get a variety of experience and don’t be afraid to go after what you want.