Four new appointments at BCIA

Jen Vickers
Jen Vickers of Crown House

THE Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has appointed a new Vice-President and three new additions to its Management Committee.

Jen Vickers of Crown House Technologies has been elected as the next Vice-President, having joined the Management Committee in January 2023. She will take up her position in March.

Jen has worked for Crown House Technologies, which is part of Laing O’Rourke, since 2015. More recently Jen began managing the BEMS package on a number of projects. In April 2022, on behalf of the BCIA, she took responsibility for launching the BCIA Young Engineers Network (YEN) and delivered a programme of three YEN events before supporting the YEN to establish a more formal working group structure. 

Describing herself as “an advocate for skills development”, Jen said: “I will specifically focus on ensuring that the building controls industry builds a position as a ‘career of choice’ sector, particularly as we will soon see the first cohorts of apprentices on the BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer apprenticeship approach completion of their studies. I’m also keen to ensure that the BCIA becomes recognised as a trusted and expert voice within the political and policy-making space.”

The new Management Committee members are Simon Ward of Distech, Clare Grams of Westminster Controls and Lewis Locke of BGES. Simon, who has previously served on the Management Committee, will officially join in March while Clare and Lewis will take up their positions in January.

Simon has worked in the building controls industry for more than 30 years with both manufacturers and system integrators and has developed a wealth of knowledge regarding markets, products, solutions and customer base.

Lewis is a Regional Director with BGES Group and has previously served as a Marine Engineering Mechanic with the Royal Navy. He is keen to open more pathways for veterans into the building controls industry.

Clare has more than two decades of facilities management and controls experience and said she hopes to be a role model and advocate for empowering more women to pursue careers in the building controls sector.

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