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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
Rab is a time served plumber with 30 years' experience in the construction industry, both in mechanical and multi-trade environments.
Rab has been employed with Fife Council Building Services 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.
His journey with BESA began in 2016 when he was selected to become Fife Council's representative at regional meetings, this then escalated into him becoming vice chair for Scotland in 2017 and then chairman in March 2018, to which he was extremely proud and honoured in achieving. He played a large part in instigating the initial local authority forum in 2016 to which he still chairs. BESA Scotland now have 7 quarterly forums to which all mirror the original set up of the local authority.
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.
Adrian Hurley, Managing Director of FP Hurley and Sons Ltd has been employed as a building services engineer in the construction industry for 40 years and has been with the family business for 32 years.
His involvement in the construction industry started from a very young age having been born into a family of engineers all of which were involved with the family business. After completing his A levels he headed to National College, Polytechnic of the South Bank, London to read their degree course in Environmental Engineering. After graduating in 1982, he was employed by contractors in London and gained membership of CIBSE in 1985 and became a Chartered Engineer in 1988. He joined the American consultancy, Heery Architects and Engineers, in 1985, and was promoted to Chief Engineer in London before leaving to join the family business in 1990.
His involvement with BESA started in early 2019 when he became the Wales elected representative at Council. In early 2021 he left the Council and joined the Membership Committee. He was also a member of the Wales Steering Committee since 2019.
Neil Brackenridge is Regional Director at Lorne Stewart Group. He was formally the MEP Regional Director for the Midlands and North at Wates Construction and was 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 and progressed through member organisation. He has held a number of managerial roles and directorships in major contractors ever since.
Neil, the Principal Winner of the Alfred Manly Award in 2002, is actively involved in the BESA Council and the North West Region. Neil is also Chair of the BESA Education Committee & Skills Partnership.
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