Director & Principal Consultant, Hitherwood Consulting
David Churcher graduated in 1989 with 1st class honours in civil engineering from City University, London, now part of the University of London. During his career he has worked for construction and project management companies, for industry-sponsored research companies and through his own consultancy business.
While working at two industry research associations in the 1990s and 2000s, he project managed the first industry-led guidance to new Regulations in the UK which brought legal health and safety duties to designers for the first time. He also led and authored seminal guidance on design responsibilities and design deliverables for building services consultants and contractors. In 2005 he also gained his MBA from the Open University.
David established his own consultancy, Hitherwood Consulting, in 2007. In 2010 he was asked to contribute to the work of the UK BIM Strategy Group, based on work he had done on aligning plans of work across different industry sectors. As a recognised technical author, David was asked to assist with the development of UK BIM standards in the BS 1192 and PAS 1192 series, including being the lead author for PAS 1192-3 about managing information during asset operation.
When it was proposed in 2014 to use the UK documents as the basis for developing international standards on information management and BIM, David joined the ISO working group as a representative of British Standards Institution. David became the technical author for ISO 19650-1:2018 (concepts and principles), contributed to ISO 19650-2:2018 (project information) and was the author of ISO 19650-3:2020 (operational information). Throughout these years he worked closely with Anne Kemp of Atkins who was Convenor of the ISO Working Group.
Since the publication of the ISO 19650 standards, David has been involved in many initiatives to help industry implement the standards. He has been one of the co-editors of the UK suite of industry guidance, published as part of the UK BIM Framework and is an Ambassador of the UK BIM Alliance. He has been involved in European standards projects at CEN to prepare Europe-wide guidance on ISO 19650. He has developed training courses, in partnership with Nick Nisbet of AEC3, and delivered these over many years to hundreds of delegates.
In recognition of his service to the construction industry over many years, David was awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2021.
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