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BESA Industry Awards Past winners

WINNER | 2023

Presidents Award For Outstanding Achievement:

Rab Fletcher, BESA's Immediate Past President 

With more than 30 years’ experience in construction and building services engineering, including holding senior positions and managing multi-million-pound local authority contracts, but still modestly describes himself as “a time served plumber”. 

He is a passionate advocate of training and apprenticeships – and continues to give freely and generously of his time and expertise for the benefit of all BESA members. 

A former BESA President, chairman of BESA Scotland and founder and chair of the Association’s Local Authority Forum. A truly an outstanding man. 


BSE Technician / Project Engineer Apprentice of the Year: Aidan Whetham, Vital Energi Ltd

Electro Technical Apprentice of the Year: Gary Hall Dalkia

H&V Industrial & Commercial Level 2/BSE Installer Apprentice of the Year: Liam Cowell, Dalkia

H&V Industrial & Commercial Level 3/BSE Craftsperson Apprentice of the Year: William Favill, Derry Building Services

RACHP Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric: Jack Newton, Crowther & Shaw 

Service and Maintenance Apprentice of the Year: Matt Morrison, BGIS Global Integrated Solutions

RACHP World Skills: Adam Donges, Cosham Refrigeration 

National Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Wolseley: Aidan Whetham, Vital Energi 

Specialist Groups Award of Excellence: Mark Snell, Dalkia UK

Technical Innovation of the Year: Dalkia

Net Zero Initiative of the Year: RI Cruden

Indoor Air Quality of the Year, sponsored by Nuaire: Arup

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year: ISS

Distributor of of the Year: Cool Designs 

Building Safety Act of the Year, sponsored by BMTFA: HE Simm and Son

Contractor of the Year, sponsored by Smith Brothers Stores: Geoffrey Robinson

Small Budget Project of the Year under £500,00: Accor Hotels, Aether Compliance

Big Budget Project of the Year over £500,00: DSA6 Wakefield Distribution Hub, Dalkia

Outstanding Service of the Year: Steve Marsh, BES

Training Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Zehnder: FP Hurley & Sons


Highly Commended

Technical Innovation of the Year: The Ecodan CAHV-R, Mitsubishi Electric and VRV5 Heat Recovery, Daikin UK

Net zero initiative of the year, sponsored by TICA: Mitsubishi Electric

Indoor Air Quality of the Year, sponsored by Nuaire: Fellowes Air Quality Management

Big Budget Project of the Year over £500,00:Big Budget Project of the Year over £500,00: The Paterson Redevelopment, Dalkia

Training Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Zehnder: Omega Solutions


WINNER | 2022

Electrical Apprentice of the Year

Daniel Pallett, Enerveo

Described by his employer as one of their star apprentices, the winner shows an interest in all aspects of projects he is working on and is not afraid to ask questions.    

Facilities Management Engineer Apprentice of the Year

Julie King, ECG Facilities Services

Described by their employer as an outstanding apprentice due to their inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, and general attitude to learning, always working and putting the client’s requirements first. 

Heating & Ventilation Apprentice of the Year

Joe Smith, Munro Building Services

He has been described as having a vast knowledge of their trade whilst being enthusiastic in all aspects of their site work. Joe is a joy to have within the company and we look forward to see what the future holds for this individual. 

HNC & HND Building Services Apprentice of the Year

Dylan Gilbert, BES

Described as standing out from other apprentices, he has a perfect combination of technical ability and communication skills together with a great sense of teamwork, all underpinned by a hunger to succeed. 

Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Apprentice of the Year, Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric

George Lowrey, T Clarke Climate Solutions

George is passionate about the industry and is a fine example of what a good attitude and talent can achieve. 

Customer Service Person of the Year

Claire Pilcher, FP Hurley & Sons

The judges said that Claire combined an impressive professional approach and a willingness to help anyone with a very approachable manner.

Indoor Air Quality sponsored by Nuaire

RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services

They have shown great foresight and leadership in this crucial area for safeguarding human health and well-being. 

They helped to produce a new British Standard for improving indoor environments, wrote a long-awaited health and well-being Code of Practice, and are key supporters of BESA’s ‘Buildings as Safe Havens’ campaign. 

Contractor of the Year


The judges congratulated this company for ensuring that the highest standards of installation and quality control are maintained on every project.

Specialist Groups Award for Excellence

Adrian Sims, Owner, Vent Tech

Adrian has played a crucial role in promoting awareness, compliance, and competency in the Local Exhaust Ventilation sector

Net Zero Initiative of the Year

Elementa Consulting

The judges recognised that this company has demonstrated a clear method for addressing the full lifecycle performance of a building and, also, puts net zero at the heart of its team culture.

Small Budget Project of the Year... under £500,000

A&E Treatment Rooms, Royal London Hospital - TRS

This project is a great example of how our industry rose to the challenge of the pandemic and was able to support the healthcare sector with crucial services despite having to work under severe restrictions.

Large Budget Project of the Year... over £500,000

Ashton Old Baths, Ashton-under-Lyne - Sudlows

For what the judges called a project with innovative design that delivered high-quality installation of a secure data centre within the constraints of a Grade II listed building.

Product Innovation of the Year sponsored by The InstallerSHOW

Aalberts integrated piping system - Pegler

For providing a simple but ingenious solution that addresses several tricky installation issues, and demonstrates outstanding product engineering.

Women in Building Services Award

Lisa-Jayne Cook, GEA Group - Service Sales Manager Key Accounts

Lisa is a true role model whose passion for making a difference through engineering is clear to everyone she meets. No nonsense, straight talking and someone who gets things done. She is inspiring a whole new generation of female engineers. 

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Award


The judges saluted this group as role models and mentors and engaging with young entrants into the industry as well as showing support to women already working in it.

Competence and Compliance Award sponsored by the BMTFA

Farmwood Mechanical & Electrical Services

Farmwood M&E provided a top-drawer entry with masses of evidence of a deep commitment to compliance through a range of industry schemes and an impressive history of best practice

RACHP World Skills Award

Luke Haile, Apprentice for Lightfoot Defence and student at Eastleigh College

The The highest scoring apprentice from the WSUK; RACHPskillsUK national qualifiers  

The Manly Trust Management Bursary

Mark Simm, HE Simm & Son

young people and great causes across our industry. 

This award is presented to Mark, in the early stages of his career has been identified by the Manly Trust and BESA as possessing great potential to grow into a future industry leader.  

The prize is £4,000 worth of management training to help them develop that potential and add to their armoury of skills. 

President's Award for Excellence 

Roland Ferry, Ductform HFE

Roland was selected for their commitment and devotion to the industry both locally and nationally. BESA has in the past relied upon this person for guidance to members and technical forums. He has proven that no obstacle stands in their way when it comes to offering advice, training, design input or technical words of wisdom whilst also running a family a business. 

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