About us - The BESA

BESA - The Building Engineering Services Association

INTRODUCING THE 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 focussed 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




Tim Hopkinson, president of BESA for 2018/19

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

He is chairman of the BESA Ductwork Group –  and was first elected president of the Association on 6 July 2017. After an unanimous decision, Tim was once again elected President for 2018/19 on 5 July 2018.  

Tim Hopkinson

Giuseppe Borgese, president elect of BESA, 2018/19

Giuseppe is General Manager at Bouygues Energies & Services in the UK.

Recently elected as chairman of the Service & Facilities Group, Giuseppe also oversees BESA’s cross-industry Indoor Air Quality Specialist Group. Giuseppe was elected president elect of the Association on 6 July 2017 and was once again elected president elect on 5 July 2018.

 Giuseppe Borgese

Malcolm Thomson, immediate past president of BESA for 2018/19

Malcolm is managing director of Berkshire-based Enigma Environmental Services.

He is a former chairman of the South Midlands Regional Branch and vice chairman of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Group, and was elected immediate president of the Association on 6 July 2017 and once again on 5 July 2018.

 Malcolm Thomson

John Norfolk, vice president of BESA 2018/19

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 – 13 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.

John Norfolk



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