The following individuals having been working together since 2013 to explore and define Collaborative Contracts and together will contribute to this Collaborative Contracting blog:

  • Mr Jim Bergman – Jim brings over 30 years of practitioner experience and “truth from the trenches” insights related to collaborative contracting from both the private and public sector across over fifty countries.  In his diverse roles ranging from contracts attorney to architect of strategic sourcing, category management and supplier relationship management programs, on both the buy and sell sides, Jim has developed a deep understanding of the nuances vital to success in collaborative contracting.  You can find more about Jim at LinkedIn.
  • Dr John Davies – John is a recognised authority in collaborative contracts, relational contracts, and novel procurement options. John has conducted extensive research into alliance contracts and governance frameworks from both the buy side and sell side. John has authored collaborative contract better practice guides, performance-based contract evaluation guides, and tender evaluation guidelines for major programs. You can find his CV at LinkedIn.
  • Mr Michael Frith – Michael is the Director of Contracting Operations at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Before posting to the Embassy, Michael held various senior and executive commercial positions within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), where he led teams of contracting officers in the delivery of contracting services to Australia’s most complex acquisition and sustainment programs. Between 2013 and 2018, Michael also led the CASG Collaborative Contracting Initiative (CCI), delivering a range of better practice improvements, including a first of type behavioural analysis that was successfully utilised for the Future Submarine Program (FSP) Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP). You can find his CV at LinkedIn.
  • Captain Greg Laxton, RAN – Greg’s Navy career has spanned over 30 years and includes senior engineering roles on warships, command of WA’s uniformed maintenance activity, through to leading the change program for the ANZAC Class combat system. Most recently, as Director of the Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) Enterprise and working in collaboration with industry partners, he led the transformation of the FFG Enterprise to become the world’s best practice in relational contracting. This was recognised by the FFG Enterprise receiving the Essington Lewis Trophy (Australian Defence Industry’s highest award) and a worldwide innovation award from IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management). Greg was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours list for exceptional leadership and commitment to collaboration and cooperation with industry partners to significantly impact Navy program management and capability. Greg’s focus on innovation also resulted in the establishment of a Centre of Innovation at Fleet Base East, aiming to provide long term benefits to Navy by providing facilities fostering thought leadership, rapid design, prototyping and industry collaboration.  You can find his CV at LinkedIn.
  • Dr Andrew “Jacko” Jacopino – Jacko is one of Australia’s best-known Performance Based Contracts (PBC) practitioners and trainers having been involved in over 100 domestic and international PBCs for both buyers and sellers since 2005.  With over 30 years of commercial, engineering and logistics experience for both the ‘buy’ and ‘sell’ side of contracts, having recently written Mastering Performance Based Contracts, and as a Fellow of International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) he brings world class insight, skills, and practical experience in working with PBC arrangements of all shapes and sizes.  Since 2012 Jacko has been researching and developing behavioural performance measures for use both defining and reinforcing collaborative behaviours as part of Collaborative Contracts.  You can find his CV at LinkedIn.