CIBSE Vice President, David Cooper has been awarded an MBE for services to lift and escalator engineering in the King’s Birthday Honours list 2023.
David is the Managing Director of LECS (UK) Ltd. He has been in the lift & escalator industry since 1980 and is a well-known industry author and speaker.
David became a CIBSE Vice President at the AGM, which took place on 13 June 2023 at the Royal Society, London. He is a former chair and treasurer of the CIBSE Lifts Group, and now leads the groups training and development.
David started his career as an apprentice with the British Railways Board followed by a period with KONE, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of lifts and escalators, where he was a service engineer rising to Regional Safety Manager. Following this he became an engineer surveyor with Royal Insurance UK undertaking statutory inspections and witnessing commissioning. During this period, he was also responsible for training engineer surveyors. He joined LECS (UK) Ltd in 1991.
He has directed many award-winning projects at home and overseas including the Emirates Cable Car in London, The Marriott Hotel in Yerevan, The Mecca Metro, Queensway Quay in Gibraltar, Kings Reach Tower in London, Embankment Place in London, Starbucks in Milan, 1 Deansgate in Manchester to name but a few. His role has included lifts, escalators, façade access equipment and cable cars. Other award-winning projects include the Ebbw Vale Inclined Lift, The Hastings Cliff Railway and the Babbacombe Cliff Railway.