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Future positive

l Young engineers meet to discuss their activities and the wider sector

The first ever CIBSE Young Engineers Network (YEN) Conference took place in April, in Edinburgh. The event brought together chairmen and vice chairmen from regional centres, and gave an opportunity for some of the most active young engineers to discuss their work and the wider activity of the network. The conference discussed ways to support

and engage the work of younger engineers at an international and regional level. Attendees shared ideas and experiences of running events and activities for younger engineers, of working with other professional groups, and of engaging the wider CIBSE membership. They also agreed that YEN would nominate their own representative to its council. Rob Manning, outgoing CIBSE president,

The first ever CIBSE Young Engineers Network Conference drew attendees from across the regions

‘ We should be encouraged to take part in shaping the industry that we work in’

outlined the work of the Institution and the strategic plan for the next five years, emphasising the importance of younger members to that plan. Neil Thompson, from YEN London South

Bank University Centre, said: ‘I think, as young people entering the engineering profession, we should be encouraged to take part in shaping the industry that we work in, so I am here to help us tackle that problem.’ There was also a site visit to the Royal

Commonwealth Games Pool, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, 40 years after the Games for which it was first built. Alan McCullough, project manager for main

contractor Graham Construction, and Janice Foster of engineers Buro Happold, guided the group around the site as they saw how this Grade-A listed building is being remodelled to meet the needs of today’s users. Even on

such a sensitive piece of architectural heritage, the use of renewable energy and reduction of energy demand were prominent. The CIBSE YEN Conference was made possible

by the generous support of Baxi Commercial Division, Heatrae Sadia, CIBSE Patrons and CIBSE Scotland. The site visit was organised with the support of Graham Construction. Young Engineers’ Network Centres are particularly intended to bring together engineers in the earlier stages of their engineering careers, generally those under the age of 35, although there is no formal age restriction.

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Bronze medal and Benevolent Fund award

John Benn was awarded the CIBSE Bronze Medal Award in December. It was presented to him at his home in January by Keith Maloney, chairman of the Merseyside and North Wales Region. In 2000, he was diagnosed

with spastic paraparesis, or FSP, and in 2007 he became wheelchair-dependent and unable to attend CIBSE regional meetings or social functions. John is married to Angela, his registered carer, and after a very successful career in building services engineering, has recently retired from Gifford Consulting Engineers in Chester. The CIBSE Benevolent Fund

Trust was delighted to make a contribution to John and his family, for the purchase of a specially adapted multi- functional mobility chair, which has made life so much easier for the family in general, and John in particular. This support reflects the

work of the fund, which relies on voluntary contributions from the CIBSE membership in general (some 50% of total funds) and revenue from regional and social activities, involving members, friends and supporters in the industry. Single donations and legacies are most welcome. For more information about the work of the Trust Fund, visit

Two fine Fellows

Two CIBSE members were awarded Honorary Fellowships at the AGM in May, in recognition of their commitment and contribution to the Institution: Terry Giles, left, and John Armstrong, right, with Rob Manning, past president.

Diary date

CIBSE Technical Symposium In association with De Montfort University l 6-7 September, Leicester

June 2011 CIBSE Journal


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