Graham Manly is following in his father’s footsteps by taking on the role of president of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA).
Graham’s father, Alfred, served as president of the association in 1978/79.
At the HVCA annual general meeting.Martin Burton of H W Sladden Commercial, based in Canterbury, became HVCA president elect, and Bob Shelley of Sharp & Howse Ltd, Oxford, was elected vice president.
Retiring president Gareth Vaughan, of E Poppleton & Son Ltd of Colwyn Bay, will serve during 2009/10 as immediate past president.
The new president has more than four decades of experience within the HVAC sector.
Following the completion of a Higher National Diploma in environmental engineering at the National College of Heating, Ventilating, Refrigeration and Fan Engineering, Mr Manly began his career in building services engineering with J Jeffreys, where he became a senior design engineer.
In 1972, he joined mechanical services contractor A G Manly & Co,was appointed contracts director in 1977 and managing director in 1982.
The company having been acquired byGratte Brothers in 2000,he is currently business development manager, with special responsibility for technical innovation.
He is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and a member of the Institute of Refrigeration.
Graham Manly served as chairman of the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) in 1991/93 and as president of CIBSE in 2004/05.
He managed the C60 project to reduce the carbon footprint of the institution’s head office by 60 per cent within five years. He has been an HVCA-nominated director of SummitSkills, sector skills council for building services engineering, since its formation in 2003.
Within HVCA, he has been a member of the Technical Committee – of which he was chairman for ten years – since 1973, and served on the Council of the Association from 1986 to 1995.