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Engineering’s                                                                     Movers & Shakers

100mph lifestyle                                                                                    Just days after
                                                                                                    being awarded an
                                                                                                    MBE in the
                                                                                                                           a lift, escalator and facade access
                                                                                                                           consultancy. Eappen will assist
                                                                                                                           clients in ensuring that lift and
Living life in the fast lane comes                                                                  Queen’s Birthday       escalator installations minimise
                                                                                                    Honours,               their impact on the carbon
with the territory in the Middle East,                                                              Michelle               footprint of buildings.
explains Hoare Lea’s Andrew Morris                                                McDowell has won the property
                                                                                  category of the First Women                               Matthew Kidner
                                                                                  Awards 2010. McDowell, who is                             has joined energy
Working in the Middle East is like                                                chairman of civil and structural                          management
nothing else on earth, enthuses                                                   engineering at BDP, also became                           company, TEAM,
Andrew Morris, director and                                                       the first woman chairman of the                           as a KTP
general manager of Hoare Lea’s                                                    Association for Consultancy and                           Associate,
office in Abu Dhabi.                                                              Engineering (ACE) at the                 working with London South Bank
    Morris has been co-ordinating                                                 beginning of the year. The awards        University. Kidner has moved from
activities for the consulting                                                     celebrate trailblazing and               Clouds Environmental
engineers in the Middle East now                                                  pioneering businesswomen.                Consultancy where he was an
for two years, overseeing a number                                                                                         energy consultant to join TEAM in
of schemes. ‘The sheer scale and                                                  Roger Ridsdill Smith, a director at      the role of energy services
speed of most projects is simply                                                  engineering consultancy Arup, has        implementation engineer,
staggering,’ explains Morris, ‘and                                                won a prestigious Royal Academy          focusing on improving the
being part of that is extremely                                                   of Engineering Silver Medal for his      utilisation and implementation of
exciting. And after work, where else                                              outstanding personal contribution        software and services.
in the world can you snow board in         The melting pot                        to British engineering. He received
the morning, sail in the afternoon                                                it for his contribution to the sector,                      Air conditioning
and then drive off-road into the
                                         created by the                           including the design and delivery                           and refrigeration
desert to enjoy a BBQ under              different cultures                       of London’s Millennium Bridge,                              specialist,
the stars? It is, without doubt, a                                                which opened 10 years ago.                                  Cool-Therm,
100-mile-an-hour lifestyle, but
                                         in the region is                                                                                     has appointed
never dull ...’                          fascinating                              Energy company, Self Energy UK,                             Steve Soffe as
    Initially, he was involved with                                               has appointed Daniel Matson as           sales executive. Soffe, who
the many details of company              you ever leave work when living in       sustainable energy performance           previously worked on the CIBSE
formation, local licenses and            the Middle East. I am often busy in      systems developer under a                Journal, will join Cool-Therm’s
logistical essentials. But now his       the evening communicating with           Knowledge Transfer Partnership           recently opened Reading branch.
focus is business development.           the UK and socialising with fellow       agreement with London South
‘I now have the enjoyable role of        professionals and clients. The line      Bank University. Matson will work                         The Royal
co-ordinating our enthusiastic and       between socialising and business         with the self energy management                           Academy of
talented engineers in delivering         is blurred – for example, last night     team to reduce investment risk                            Engineering has
practical solutions. This week           at a social, I met a new client          for the company, and to develop                           awarded one of its
is particularly busy with Hoare          and agreed to meet next week to          decision support tools and                                highest accolades
Lea’s Estidama team presenting           discuss opportunities.’                  further improve cost and savings                          to Mott
at the Middle East Council for               Morris admits to starting            forecasts for its clients. Matson        MacDonald engineer Alan
Offices launch event and running         his career in building services          will be based in the UK but will         Powderham. He received the
workshops on a new office                completely by accident, applying         also work internationally.               Sustained Achievement Award
development on Al Raha Beach.’           for a trainee post in the Property                                                at the academy’s annual general
    The 44-year-old describes            Services Agency (PSA) without                               Building services     meeting in London last month
communication as an essential            really having a clue what the PSA                           provider SES has      from president, Lord Browne of
– and very enjoyable – aspect of         actually did: ‘I always wanted to                           announced Nick        Madingley. Powderham has been
his role, but he confesses the best      be an electrical engineer, but can’t                        Cox as its new        in the engineering profession
part of his job is the variety of work   really remember why. So I joined                            operations            for more than 40 years, setting
and the highs that go with the           BP’s Merchant Navy Fleet at 16 as                           manager.              new industry benchmarks in
hard-earned successes on project         an officer cadet, but jumped ship        He will be based in Bristol and          foundation engineering.
wins: ‘The melting pot created by        in Italy when I realised it wasn’t the   will be responsible for all
the different cultures in the region     job for me.’                             operational aspects of the Bristol       Manufacturer and inventor,
is fascinating.’                             Morris studied part-time for nine    office, as well as building a high       Enecsys Limited, has announced
    Currently he is working on a         years to achieve his ONC and HNC,        quality, sustainable business in         the appointment of Paul Garrity to
number of projects, including a          before gaining an honours degree         the south-west.                          head the continued development
hospital in Al Ain and conducting        in electrical and electronic                                                      of its advanced solar photovoltaic
energy studies on key buildings          engineering from London South                           Rony Eappen, a            micro-inverter. Garrity joins
in Abu Dhabi City, as well as            Bank University. His aspiration now                     qualified electrical      Enecsys after three years as vice
generating bid opportunities and         is to develop Hoare Lea’s business                      and electronics           president of engineering and
making submissions: ‘There is            base in the region.                                     engineer, has             advanced product development
always something to be done, and                                                                 joined lift and           at FlexPower (a subsidiary of
it is always required rapidly.’          Email people appointments/
                                                                                                 escalator                 Flextronics International) in
                                         role profiles to
    In fact, the work never seems to                                              consultancy D2E International,           Dallas, Texas.
stop, muses Morris: ‘I’m not sure

 66   CIBSE Journal August 2010