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Patrons honour ‘unsung hero’ Tim Dwyer

Professor Tim Dwyer has become the first ever recipient of the Lord Howie Award presented by the Society of CIBSE Patrons.

L-R Alisoun Howie, Tim Dwyer and Patrons Chair David Fitzpatrick L-R Alisoun Howie, Tim Dwyer and Patrons Chair David Fitzpatrick

Engineer, journalist and parliamentarian Lord Howie of Troon was Honorary President of the Patrons until his death last year at the age of 94. The award was set up in his name to commemorate his long support for the Society, which included hosting its annual lunch in the House of Lords for more than 10 years.

The brainchild of Patrons chair David Fitzpatrick, the award seeks to recognise the contribution made by an individual to the building services industry, whose efforts do not always receive the recognition they deserve.
The award was presented by Lord Howie’s daughter Alisoun during the April 2019 House of Lords event, which was also attended by his son Alex. In his citation, Mr Fitzpatrick described Professor Dwyer as a “well-known and extremely popular figure in our community who has never sought acclaim or profile - the ultimate 'unsung hero' and, therefore, exactly the kind of person the Patrons wish to acknowledge”.

He added that Professor Dwyer had worked diligently behind the scenes (and occasionally in front of them) “for the best part of 40 years on many projects that sit at the heart of CIBSE and all that it stands for”.

A clearly delighted Professor Dwyer said he was “overwhelmed” to be the first recipient of an award in the name of such a widely liked and respected doyen of the engineering community. “This is a glorious industry, which has given me so many fantastic experiences over the years. I am so pleased to be associated with you all,” he told the Patrons.