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David Frise appointed BESA chief executive

Organisation’s previous head of sustainability will assume CEO role with a focus on training and wider industry collaboration to help set out “cutting edge” technical standards and guidance

BESA has appointed its head of sustainability David Frise as chief executive in a bid to build on its work in providing technical output and support, while also pushing new training initiatives.

He will assume a role previously overseen by Paul McLaughlin, who stood down in November citing health concerns.

Mr Frise, who also serves as the chief executive of company FIS, has assumed his new role with immediate effect and will represent BESA on a wide number of issues facing the building services industry.

BESA said the decision had unanimous backing from its board based on Mr Frise’s experience in representing the industry and speaking on topics such as energy efficiency, government policy, system integration and tackling the ‘performance gap’ in buildings

Association president Tim Hopkinson said, “We are delighted to have secured David’s services. He is a well-known and respected industry figure, who brings enormous experience to the role. He also brings vital continuity, as an existing senior member of staff and former MD of a member company, along with a fresh perspective thanks to his time leading the FIS.”

Ensuring member companies are able to access sufficient skills training, as well as providing relevant technical guidance have been identified as key priorities for Mr Frise during his tenure. This work will be supported through working with the organisation’s members and other construction bodies to ensure future guidance is relevant to the latest technical and regulatory developments.

Mr Frise said, “I want to build a community where BESA members can flourish.”

“This involves providing commercial and legal support for their businesses; making sure their views and needs are represented at central and local government level; and helping them to recruit and train a new generation of engineers equipped to operate in the modern built environment.”

Mr Frise said his experiences as a managing director for a building engineering services contractor were themselves a logical step from his earlier role as a nuclear submariner.

He added, “Submarines and buildings might look like two different worlds, but in the end it’s all plumbing! That doesn’t mean any of it is easy, but the basic engineering principles are the same and good quality building services firms – like BESA members – have a lot in common with the nuclear industry.”

“We may not have the same profile, but should give ourselves a bit more credit. It will be part of my mission to impress on anyone who will listen that building engineering has a vital social and economic role to play by helping to deliver a top quality built environment.”

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