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Obituary: Brian Townsend

BESA has paid tribute to one of its most popular and influential figures Brian Townsend, who passed away on Sunday.

Brian Townsend, former BESA president.

Brian was only the eighth person in the Association’s history to be awarded its Distinguished Service Award for individuals “who have rendered extra-special service to the Association and its activities” – effectively joining the BESA ‘Hall of Fame’.

Brian was president during the centenary year of what was then the HVCA in 2004. Having first been elected to Council in 1992, he continued to serve until 2015.

He was chair of the Membership Committee and of the North West Region. Brian also served on the Finance, Audit and Staff standing committees and was director of the training provider Building Engineering Services Training (BEST).

He founded the commissioning specialist contractor End Systems Limited in 1976 and the company continues to grow and thrive today under the directorship of his daughter Kay. Brian was also chair of the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA).

End Systems Limited was the launch pad for many distinguished commissioning careers and Brian was regarded as one of the sector’s great leaders and mentors.

Current BESA president, John Norfolk, said: “Brian was a champion of the industry and a true gentleman who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family at this very sad and difficult time.”

A statement from End Systems Limited added: “On Sunday we lost a titan of the industry, a beloved husband, father, grandad and great grandad. The loss is immeasurable.”

19 September 2019

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