HCNW Committee Notices
April 2015: The HCNW AGM
Corporate membership of CIBSE checked, voting slips distributed and the quorum satisfied the Region handed over all the proceedings to an independent Returning Officer, Mr Tudor Allen. Further candidates for election were invited from the floor. No conflicts of interest with regional representation were declared. Each committee role was individually elected in turn, without any objection to any candidate.
Your HCNW Committee for the year 2015-2016 are:
Chair Chris Jones
Vice Chair Athina Papakosta
Secretary Iain Clarke
Treasurer Graham Hennessy
Vice-Treasurer Xohan Duran
Committee: Rashmi Patel
Recognising the need to bring on new committee members and yet retain decades of experience and regional history, the HCNW Classic committee will support the main committee with advice. On invitation by the Committee and in some circumstances, members of HCNW Classic may also represent the Region. All nominations were elected without objection:
HCNW Classic Mike Smith
The Region also expresses its thanks to Andrew Tatham who served on the Committee over the last year.
October 2014: Richard Seagrief's Bronze Medal
Richard has given outstanding service to CIBSE Home Counties North West and proved to be an engaging, consultative and highly respected Chairman for the Region in 2007-2009 - influential, because his exercise of Chairman was a model that inspired several others to serve the Region.
Less well-known has been Richard’s enthusiasm to fill the role of Treasurer – a significant responsibility - a backroom role with a steady workload that is generally less recognised than it should be. As Treasurer for three terms, Richard has ensured that Home Counties North West has robust finances and that it delivered our Regional Returns to CIBSE HQ on time.
Richard’s background as a distinguished consulting engineer for very large projects gave him tremendous insight - an ability to identify ways to develop our Members’ technical skills in the art and science of building services engineering.
But as Chairman, Treasurer or as a Committee Member, Richard has also been keen that the Region should broaden its perspective and keen to develop - to experiment even. He has particularly encouraged less conventional but revealing seminars, inspiring Member interest and building up the social and environmental conscience of the Region. Richard has actively sought out opportunities to encourage more diverse audiences and some of the results can be seen in the Region today.
HCNW is pleased that Richard's long contribution has been recognised by the Institution with a Bronze Medal.
April 2014: The HCNW AGM
Your HCNW Committee for the year 2014-2015 are:
Chair Chris Jones
Vice Chair Athina Papakosta
Secretary Graham Hennessy
Treasurer Robin Williams
Committee: Andrew Tatham
The Region also expresses its thanks to Lewis Murray who served on the Committee over the last year.
October 2013: Mike Goodwin's Bronze Medal
HCNW is delighted that Mike Goodwin has been awarded a Bronze Medal by the Institution, and much of the Region's citation is reproduced below.
October 2013 - HCNW Committee Member Receives Ken Dale Bursary Award at CIBSE Presidents Dinner
HCNW is delighted that on 11 October, Katie Wallace was presented with one of the three Ken Dale Bursary Awards. Katie Wallace is a CIBSE HCNW Committee Member and she will develop her research into CO2 Heat Reclaim in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, focusing on CO2 refrigeration in supermarkets.
July 2013 - Mike Goodwin and the HCNW Commmittee
HCNW has recently presented Mike Goodwin and Allison Meaney with a small token of a single malt whisky and whisky liqueur respectively, following Mike's HCNW committee work, recognising his commitment as Honorary Secretary of the Home Counties North West Region since the very beginning of the four Home Counties Regions in the early 90s. Mike was also active before then in the old London region. Allison has steadfastly and efficiently supported the region too, her work largely unseen, being Mikes PA.
In all his activities and support for the Region he has been a guiding light and font of all knowledge on how the Region works and what actions successive Chairs, Treasurers and ordinary committee members needed to take to meet both the formal requirement of charitable objectives as well as ensuring benefits are delivered to the general Membership.
Mike has very faithfully represented the interests of the "ordinary working " Member from his perspective of a hard working design engineer dealing in a wide range of public sector and commercial properties. Through his skilful business leadership he has weathered several industry recessions for his business, yet whatever the day to day pressures on that business, he had never lost focus on the Region's activities and its programme of events.
From a personal contribution perspective, despite working out of Harrow and living on the very eastern edge of the region, Mike Goodwin has probably the very best attendance record at Region events, especially those based in High Wycombe, close to the western edge of the region where he has faced a mere 40 mile drive home around the M25 after every meeting. The Committee also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of his long suffering wife and family is permitting him his involvement.
Mike has a highly robust attitude to ignoring pomp and circumstance which has set the tone for the Region in ensuring that the Region delivers on its primary objective of providing benefits for the Members.
He has tirelessly worked, mainly in the background, by carefully nurturing the Region in a really challenging environment, especially with the close proximity of CIBSE HQ and the overlap in activities. Without his attention to detail, there has been more than one occasion when the Region would have faltered or threatened to cease to exist.
He has greatly contributed to reducing the burden on other committee members by dragooning his administrative staff to conduct many of the time consuming tasks related to room bookings, and general communications with members. This has gotten easier with the advent of e-mail etc but bear in mind that not so many years ago, there was a lot of envelop stuffing for hard mail outs.
And in addition to being the rock of the Region and a business leader of an undeniably successful consultancy business, he has also found the time to chair the CIBSE working group producing the Technical Memorandum on Refurbishment (a subject very close to his heart) and has delivered the content for publication despite the author going AWOL.
For devotion to duty, keeping the committee in line, the HCNW region is grateful that Mike's long service to the Institution and its Members in HCNW has been recognised.