At the Annual Conference dinner last night (04th November), Christopher Dawson received the Distinguished Service Award 2011.
Chris joined the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors, as the ABE was then known in 1974, as an associate member, he upgraded to member in 1980 and then to fellow in 1990. He became actively involved in the Association’s activities in the early 80’s and has held various roles at both local and national levels.
He was a committee member of the East Midlands branch of the IAAS for a number of years; this included the roles of Public Relations Officer, Chairman and Branch Secretary. To give an example of his drive and determination at that time, he also developed his professional management skills by completing a Diploma in Management Studies and Masters Degree in Business Administration.
At national level he has been an examiner, a member of the development and monitoring committee, a member of the Strategic Development Group; he has also sat on professional interview panels on a regular basis to assess individuals joining the Association.
He was elected to ABE Council in May 2000 and in May 2004 was installed as the 61st President of the Association representing the ABE at national and international levels.
He also represented the ABE and played an active role from 2002 – 2007 within “The Association d’Experts Europeens du Batiment et de la Construction” or in English The Association of European Building Surveyors and Construction Experts.
He was installed as Chairman of audit committee in May 2006, a role in which he excelled. His analytical approach, attention to detail and his commitment to the Association’s procedures, policies, qualities and standards made him the perfect candidate for this role.
His commitment to the Association is ongoing. He has more recently become an NVQ assessor and has attended numerous standardisation training days. In addition to this, he played a pivotal role chairing a Council working group which was tasked to review the governance model of the Association. Within this role he has excelled, giving many hours of personal time and continuing to demonstrate his ongoing commitment and dedication to the Association.
His dedication and commitment to all of the roles that he has undertaken with the Association has never faltered and he is truly a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.