B&ES name new president

Jim Marner (left) presents Peter with his long service award.
Jim Marner (left) presents Peter with his long service award.
Jim Marner (left) presents Peter with his long service award.
Jim Marner (left) presents Peter with his long service award.

Jim Marner has been elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) for 2015/16.

Jim has 32 years’ experience in the building and engineering services sector with his current employer Shepherd Engineering Services (SES). Having joined the firm as a craft apprentice in 1982, he has since made many valued and successful strategic contributions to the business.

As a renowned and popular business leader – whose responsibilities include the North, including Scotland, and business activities in the South – he brings to the Association a distinguished national presence.

Jim’s career path has taken in many senior positions within major national contractor SES – including North West regional director, Yorkshire regional director, divisional director North, national pre-construction director and business development director.

Within B&ES, he was a member of the Council of the Association from 2003 to 2006 and chairman of the North West Region from 2006 to 2008. In 2012, he was elected to the chairmanship of Yorkshire Region, and returned to Council in the same year.

Malcolm Thomson of Enigma Environmental Services has been made president elect and Tim Hopkinson of Hargreaves Ductwork elected vice president. Andy Sneyd will serve during 2015/16 as immediate past president.

Meanwhile, Peter Rimmer, head of employment affairs and skills with B&ES has completed 25 years’ service.

Jim thanked Peter for the valuable contribution he had made, and continued to make – “in his unassuming, yet always thorough manner” – to the work of B&ES, both as a trade association and as an employers’ organisation.

A graduate of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Peter joined the staff of what was then the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association on June 1, 1990, following employment in the nuclear industry.

Peter said: ”It has been a privilege to serve the Association’s members, both collectively and individually, through the work I have led in connection with developing our National Agreement with Unite the union, and I look forward to continuing to engage with the increasingly important skills agenda over the coming years.”

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