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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. Our nationwide and regional presence is facilitated by our dedicated membership team 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.
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
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 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.
Claire Curran, Managing Director of Linaker Limited, is a progressive and passionate professional with nearly 25 years in the building services industry in a multitude of roles with companies such as GSH, ISS, Kier, Wates.
In addition, Claire has a business and marketing degree, financial qualifications and an MBA, topped up with ‘hanging around plant rooms for far too long’.
In the past, Claire has been recognised by the British Institute of Facilities Management with an Excellence in a Major Project Award and was shortlisted for Leader of the Year. Claire has a passion for engineering and believes that to achieve technical quality people must be trained properly, supported with technological enhancements and a sustainable mindset. Claire will continue the focus of helping to inspire young people to succeed within the industry with ambitious plans next year to expand Linaker’s apprenticeship opportunities.
On her appointment to the BESA Board in 2019, Claire was excited to give something back to the industry that had given her so much, by being a strong representative for BESA members, by being a voice for their concerns but, perhaps most of all, representing people that love what they do.
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.
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