Chartered Association of Building Engineers welcomes new President

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Chartered Assocation of Building Engineers welcomes Ben Bradford as President.

On 13th May 2016, the Earl of Lytton hosted the Chartered Association of Building Engineers' Presidential Inauguration at the Palace of Westminster, in honour of the outgoing President, David Kitcatt, and the Inauguration of Benjamin Bradford as President of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  Honoured guests also witnessed the bestowment of Honorary Fellowship on Dr. John Hooper, Chief Executive of the Association.

Guests included many Past Presidents of the Association, Honorary Fellows, Regional Officers, as well as a great many Presidents and leading figures from other Professional Bodies and industry organisations.

David Kitcatt gave his final Presidential Address, reflecting on his time in office:

David Taylor, Ben Bradford, David Kitcatt“The President’s role is all about raising the profile of our association and this year in particular I wanted to encourage young people to think about Building Engineering as a career.  The Association has continued to accredit more academic qualifications both in the UK and overseas and the number of student members has increased by 102% and the overall membership has steadily increased by 7.7%, a great achievement I hope you will agree.  The vision of CABE is to Develop Individuals, Share Knowledge and Raise Standards.”

Before handing over to the next President, David Kitcatt, bestowed Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers to Dr John Hooper (Chief Executive of the Association) in honour of “a significant and outstanding contribution to the Association and in recognition of achievement to date and ongoing commitment to CABE.”

After joining the Association in April 2011 as Chief Executive of the Association of Building Engineers, one of his main tasks was to lead the ABE team in seeking to achieve Professional affiliate status of the Engineering Council and to increase membership. Having accomplished these objectives, he then guided the Association’s discussions with the Privy Council and supporting Institutions in our long-standing ambition of becoming a Chartered Body, and in 2014 the Association was granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen.

David then formally introduced the next President of CABE. Benjamin Charles Bradford.  Ben is the Founder and Managing Director of specialist consulting firm, BB7.  His firm specialises in Fire and Security Engineering and has national coverage operating from five offices across the UK and serving projects in Africa and the Middle East. Once again in 2015 IFSEC Global have recognised Ben as one of the most influential people in fire.

Presidential Address

As President of CABE, the new President set out his main objectives for the duration of his presidency.

1. To inspire others to become globally responsible building engineers

2. To encourage communication and collaboration between CABE and other professional bodies in order to promote cross-discipline thinking

3. To raise awareness of the importance of professional and ethical standards.

Presidential AddressBy reiterating CABE’s vision;

1.To be the body of choice for forward-thinking individuals and organisations;

2.To be renowned for maintaining the highest possible standards and making a valuable contribution to society at a local, national and global level.

He went on to say he shared CABE’s vision and wants CABE members to embrace the concept of “globally responsible building engineering” and reaffirm the recognised principles that the engineering profession has a duty to: 

  • The public (both present and future generations)
  • The environment
  • Respect Human Rights. 

Ben Bradford CABE President said: “Building Engineers are problem solvers and are in a unique position in that their work can affect the well-being of others.  We need a major transformation in moral perception on these issues, and Engineers have the power to become superheroes. 

Throughout my Presidential term I intend to promote the role of Engineering in society.  In order to communicate that Engineers contribute to society beyond their professional scope.  As an example I intend to run the London Marathon in order to raise funds for Engineers without Borders, I’m sure you’ll all agree that Engineers without Borders do a great job in showing how Engineering can make a positive contribution to society as a whole.”  

The Association’s Patron, The Earl of Lytton concluded the event by wishing Ben Bradford the very best of luck for his Presidential year.  He went on to express that he felt that it was a pivotal point for the industry, and there was a need for transparency and ethics, that this was a good time for the Association to continue to grow its membership numbers, and to continue making links with academic institutions. 

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