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We take great pleasure in introducing you to our Board members in our e-periodicals. In this edition, we invite you to become better acquainted with Mr Armando Aguiar and Mr Gareth Ahier.

Current Board members

Mr Armando Aguiar

Armando is an admitted attorney, notary and conveyancer, in practice for 25 years.  He is currently a director at the law firm of ENSafrica and specialises in contentious and non‑contentious construction and engineering matters.  Armando’s experience includes a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration, both locally and internationally.  He has acted for mining companies, major construction companies, national governments, parastatal entities and various listed and multinational companies.  He is a CEDR accredited mediator, admitted notary and conveyancer and small claims court commissioner.  Armando is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers 2013 to 2019 and The Legal 500 guide to outstanding lawyers 2012, 2014, 2017 to 2019 for construction and dispute resolution.  He has acted as an adjudicator in numerous construction‑related disputes and regularly presents on construction and engineering law related topics.  Armando is a longstanding fellow and currently a Director of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) NPC.  He also serves on the Complaints Committee.

Mr Gareth Ahier

Gareth AhierGareth is a Professional Construction Project Manager.  Through his career spanning 20 years he worked for a civil contracting company (Ruthcon) and building contracting company (Trencon) on major projects.  He later moved into the consulting arena as a construction project manager (Bovell Freeman and Holley).  Currently, he is a Director of Critical Link Project Management.  Gareth spends the majority of his time concentrating on property development and consults to Redefine Properties.  Recent completed projects include 2 Pybus (Chambers for Group 1 and Rivonia Group of Advocates); over 3 km of public road in Matlosana in a private/public partnership; township establishments and infrastructure including a top structure on one of the erven in Wilgeheuwel (Extensions 59, 62 and 63).  The top structure was the Leroy Merlin store.  He has 15 years’ adjudication and arbitration experience (JBCC, GCC, FIDIC and PROCSA).  Gareth has been a fellow of the AOA since 2008 and aims to attract the next generation to the AOA, which is critical to effective dispute resolution in the built environment.