BESA - The Building Engineering Services Association

INTRODUCING BESA, putting members at the heart of building services

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has evolved throughout the years to reflect the growing needs of our members and encompass all of the specialist services available within the built environment.

Established in 1904, BESA has a proud heritage and has been known by several names throughout its history, most notably as the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA). Now trading as BESA, our primary focus is to support and serve our members active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.

We are a membership organisation. Our mission is to act as our member’s voice, representing the best interests of firms active within the built environment at a regional and national level. Our members range from the smallest enterprises to the largest organisations within the industry, we offer specialist support services, training courses and advice that is tailored to meet their individual requirements.

Our headquarters are in London, but we are active throughout the UK - with a longstanding presence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as eight regional offices. Our regional presence is facilitated by a team of dedicated Association Managers who build strong working relationships with each of our members, enabling networking and sharing of best practice, business opportunities and advice on all local and national developments.


built environment

BESA takes an active interest in the building services and wider construction industries, voicing the views of our members and driving for initiatives that represent the best interests of those who work within the built environment.

For over 100 years, our Association has been making our members' voices heard in the ‘corridors of power’. In the past 12 months we have focused on:

Representing our sectors’ view in numerous consultations including BREXIT

Safeguarding industry skills by working closely with employers to deliver industry specific training

Supporting member businesses to win more work and get paid on time for it

Gaining agreement from clients inc. insurers, councils and retailers to specify BESA members in future tenders

Spearheading mental health awareness and championing the business case for diversity



John Norfolk, President of BESA for 2019/20

John Norfolk has been a Senior Project Manager with Imtech since 2014. He started his career as an apprentice Pipe Fitter Welder, progressing through to Mechanical Foreman working on numerous projects ranging from £500k - £40m.

John has been involved with the BESA Yorkshire Region since 2002 and was the Yorkshire Chair from 2011 – 2013. He is the Region’s current representative on Council. In addition to this, John is also the Chair of the Membership Committee and Vice Chair on the C&L Committee. 

Neil Brackenridge, President Elect of BESA, 2019/20

Neil Brackenridge has been MEP Regional Director for the Midlands and North at Wates Construction part of the Wates Group since January 2018 and is the representative for BESA member SES (Engineering Services) Ltd . Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2004, Neil began his career as a I&C Craft Apprentice in 1987 and progressed through member organisations via an Engineering route and has held a number of managerial roles and directorships in major contractors ever since. 

Neil was the Principal Winner of the Alfred Manly Award in 2002 has been actively involved in the BESA Council and the North West Region and was the Region’s Chair from 2017 – 2019. Neil is also Chair of the BESA Education Committee & Skills Partnership.  

Robert Fletcher, Vice President of BESA for 2019/20

Robert is a time served plumber with 30 years' experience in the construction industry, both in mechanical and multi-trade environments.

Robert has been employed with Fife Council for 22 years, initially, his service began in an advanced plumber role before moving into a chargehand post, further progression through the management career path brought him to supervisor level before becoming a coordinator and finally to his current post of Team Manager Mechanical Services.

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Tim Hopkinson, immediate past president of BESA for 2019/20

Tim is Managing Director of E Poppleton & Son Ltd and has extensive experience in engineering, construction and building services.

He was first elected president of the Association on 6 July 2017. After an unanimous decision, Tim was elected President for a second term for 2018/19.

Tim is a member of the BESA Board, Welplan Director and Board member; member of the Ventilation Group Executive, Chair of the Employment Policy Committee (EPC); and Chief negotiator for the National H&V Agreement.




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