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North East Region History

The origins of CIBSE can be traced back to 1896 when a few members of what was then the Institute of Sanitary Engineers became more interested in hot water distribution (heating) rather than cold water discharge (sanitation).  Around September 1897 there were about 20 who agreed to form initially a board of directors (which was in effect a company) but around the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee it was quickly and more respectfully reorganised into the Institution of Heating and Ventilation Engineers.
They would share their knowledge with the aim of improving the comfort of mankind.  They would do this by openly discussing topics of uncertainty, by sharing professional knowledge and by spreading this knowledge through publications and lectures. They would train others to follow the best practices and examine them to ensure competence.
Evidently, a ‘little later’ in 1944, the word had spread to the North East and The Institution of Heating & Ventilating Engineers IHVE – North East Region was born. Which means in fact that 2004 is our 60th Anniversary!
Between 1976-78 the grant of the Royal Charter enabled the Institution of Heating and Ventilation engineers to amalgamate with the Illuminating Engineering Society (founded in 1909) to create an institution embracing the whole of building services – The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
CIBSE North East - Past Regional Chairmen

Special thanks to Roy Robson CEng FCIBSE MSLL who has spent much time delving into our archives to help develop this area of the website.

YEAR Institution of Heating & Ventilating Engineers IHVE Illuminating Engineering Society IES
Newcastle upon Tyne Centre.
1941/43     SI ELLIS  
43/44     JMA MITCHELL  
44/45 WG (Bill) BEAMAN Brightside Heating & Engineering EC LENNOX  
45/46     WA CROSS  
46/47     RW GREGORY RW Gregory & Partners
47/48 JT LEAKE JT Leake & Co. Ltd C FIELDING  
48/49     HL JAMES  
49/50 JC (Clifford) BYLES Cairns & Byles AJ  OGLE  
50/51     JS (Mac) McCULLOCH RW Gregory & Partners
51/52 FW (Frank) WATSON Gateshead Corporation WH DODGSON  
52/53     G KINGSLEY-LARK  
53/54 ES (Ernie) WARD Steels Eng. Ltd CC (Colin) VEITCH Falks/GEC
54/55     TE (Ted) DELLOW Miller Electrical
55/56     JNK RANKIN  
56/57 Wm (Bill) CARR RW Gregory & Partners PSJ UNDERWOOD  
57/58     RJ FOTHERGILL  
58/59     HA AINSWORTH North Eastern Electricity Board
59/60 G (George) COASE GN Haden & Co Ltd B WRAY  
60/61     JC (Clifford) BYLES Cairns & Byles
61/62     RA (Ron) HALL RAHall Ltd/GEC
62/63 AE (Eddie) ROBB AE Robb & Partners PH (Peter) ALGAR North Eastern Electricity Board (Penshaw)
63/64     GP (Geoffrey) CUNDALL RW Gregory & Partners
64/65     WB (Billy) BELL University of Newcastle
65/66 DS (Donald) DAVISON JT Leake & Co. Ltd WA ALLEN  
66/67 JW (Watson) MOFFETT Rowells (1924) Ltd PE (Pat) O'SULLIVAN University of Newcastle
67/68     GN (George) JOYCE Merz & McLellan
68/69 JF (Frank) WARD Spirax Sarco Ltd CC (Colin) VEITCH Thorn/GEC
69/70     R (Ronnie) ROBSON North Eastern Electricity Board (South Shields)
70/71 GK (Gordon) PRESTON City of Newcastle Corporation D (David) BRADSHAW Bradshaw Lighting/Electricals Ltd.
72/73 WJB (Bill) CARR AE Robb & Partners LA (Laurie) SALTER LA Salter & Partners
74/75 DS (Stuart) BYLES Cairns & Byles MB (Michael) CLARK RW Gregory & Partners
75/76     A (Alan) LUDLAM North Eastern Electricity Board (Team Valley)
In 1977 The IHVE changed it’s name to: Chartered Institution of Building Services CIBS
76/77 WN (Bill) BEWICK RW Gregory & Partners JH (John) NIXON Veale Nixon Ltd.
77/78     RM (Bob) REDDEN Robson Design Associates/RW Gregory & Partners
In 1978 The Illuminating Engineering Society - Newcastle upon Tyne Centre amalgamated into The Chartered Institution of Building Services - North East Region.
78/79 AG (Arthur) HALL Steels of Sunderland
80/81 R (Roy) ROBSON Robson Design Associates
82/83 GP (Geoffrey) CUNDALL Cundall Johnson & Partners
83/84 J (John) NIXON Veale Nixon Ltd.
In 1985 The CIBS became The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - CIBSE
85/86 J (Jim) McDOWELL Newcastle Regional Health Authority
86/87 AJ (Alan) NEWALL Newcastle Polytechnic
87/88 JF (John) WATSON Air Filter Services
88/89 C (Chris) REEVES Simpson Coulson & Partners
89/90 PS (Peter) BYLES Cairns & Byles
91/92 J (John) COOK Northern Electric
92/93 S (Steve) HODGSON University of Northumbria
93/94 D (Dennis) SMITH City of Newcastle
93/95 R (Roy) ROBSON University of Northumbria
95/96 D (David) SPENCER Ove Arup & Partners
97/98 N (Nick) BRADLEY Engineering Support Partnership
99/00 G (Gordon) HUDSON Northumbria University
01/02 K (Ken) HOLMES   Newcastle RVI Estates
03/04 B (Brent) HUNTER Allaway Acoustics Ltd
05/06 M (Mitch) Swirles Turn Key Air Conditioning Ltd
07/08 S (Sam) Collard Laing O’Rourke
09/10 K (Keith) Armstrong Kyoob
10/11 S (Sam) Collard Laing O’Rourke
11/12 D (David) Wright Desco (Design & Consultancy) Ltd
14/15 G (Gerard) Hosford Patrick Parsons Ltd
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