OBE for director of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association

HVCA director Robert Higgs has been appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours List.
Robert Higgs, director of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association has been appointed an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours Lists. The honour is in recognition of his services to the environment. He has been a ember of the staff of the HVCA for 32 years and was appointed its director in July 1989. In recent years, he has devoted significant effort to shaping and influencing UK policy on the key issues of sustainability and climate change — and promoting these on the international stage. In 1992, he was the principal architect and first co-ordinating director of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group. It was conceived as a single voice for engineering specialists in construction, and Robert Higgs remains fully committed to its wide range of representational activities. He has also served as a director of Engineering Services Training Trust Ltd (ESTTL), the national training organisation for the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. He played a key role in the transfer of ESTTL’s responsibilities into SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the wider building-services engineering sector. A lifelong champion of quality standards, Robert Higgs counts as one of his most significant achievements the introduction of regular independent inspection and assessment of the technical competence and commercial capability of all HVCA members. He comments, ‘I am delighted to have been chosen for this honour, which I believe reflects the significant contribution to the building-engineering-services industry made by the HVCA over many years. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by extraordinarily talented and committed individuals — both members and staff of the HVCA — who have helped me to lead the association in its many and varied activities.’

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