John Norfolk, senior project manager at Imtech Engineering Services, has been elected to serve as president of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2019-20.
He was confirmed in his role at last week’s AGM and takes over from Tim Hopkinson of E Poppleton and Son, who served for two years. Norfolk is senior project manager at Imtech Engineering Services. He was chair of BESA Yorkshire region from 2010 to 2012 and is a long serving member of the Association’s membership and legal and commercial committees.
He described BESA members as the Association’s greatest asset and pledged to build on the technical legacy of the 115-year-old body to help tackle the modern challenges created by climate change and the need for better buildings to help address social problems.
“Never has our sector’s specialist knowledge been more in demand and more valuable,” said Norfolk in his inaugural speech. “We are in the midst of major technical and philosophical change in this country. Part of the political upheaval, which dominates headlines and conversations, are the critical challenges we face around climate change. This will transform the way we work and thrust our industry into the limelight,” he said. “However, this also creates an opportunity to address even more fundamental social issues affected by building performance.”