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ARBS Hall of Fame – Celebrating an Unsung Hero

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There are few industry honours that can rival the induction to the ARBS Hall of Fame. This year Stephen Gilchrist, FCIBSE, won CIBSE ANZ’s nomination at the ARBS Awards Dinner held at the ICC Sydney on 9 May 2018. He was honoured alongside nominations from AIRAH, RACCA, AREMA and AMCA.


(Stephen Gilchrist, right, receiving Award from ARBS President, Ian Harwood)

Stephen Gilchrist is a passionate building services practitioner that has played a key role in developing the professionalism of the industry in Australia and New Zealand.

He has been an active member of The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and was a Foundation Member (1987) Honorary Treasurer (1992-95) and Chair (1995-98) of the Australia and New Zealand Region.

He has represented Engineers Australia – Sydney Division (1996-2016) on the Building Regulations Advisory Council, under the auspices of the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment, and was Chair (1998) and Treasurer (1999-2007) of the Society for Building Engineering Services (a technical society of Engineers Australia, which he helped create).



From a professional standards perspective Stephen was instrumental in having Building Services recognised as an Engineering discipline on the National Professional Engineers Register in Australia, and played a major role in the drafting of the APEC Engineer Manual (he also sat on the APEC Monitoring Committee (2002-07) managed by The Institution of Engineers, Australia on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. Stephen was also a Member of the Accreditation and Disciplinary Committees (2009-2012) of the New South Wales Building Professionals Board and Member of the Certifier Accreditation Committee (2000-04) of The Institution of Engineers, Australia.

He has also had a long association with ARBS where he was involved at its conception in 1997, though to being a Director (2011-2016) and participating as one of the Awards Judge for the ARBS Industry Awards (2012-18).

Never one to seek the limelight, Stephen has given generously of his time to make our industry a better one, all whilst holding senior positions in a number of major companies. People like Stephen tend to be the unsung heroes of professions like building services engineering – so his induction into the ARBS Hall of Fame is recognition from his peers that his efforts are greatly appreciated.



(Hall of Fame inductees from left: Stephen Gilchrist, CIBSE; John Bosci, AIRAH; Mark Padwick, AREMA; David Seedsman, AMCA; Warren Cole, RACCA)

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