Gareth-VaughanUK: Still mourning the recent death of Mike McCloskey, BESA has been rocked by the passing of another former president, Gareth Vaughan, at the age of 62.

Gareth Vaughan was president of the Association, then known as the HVCA, in 2008/9.

He began his career in 1973 as an installation assistant at ductwork specialist E Poppleton & Son Ltd and rose to become managing director of the Colwyn-Bay-based company in 1989.

He was chairman of BESA’s North West Region from 1994 to 1996, and became a member of the council, and of the executive committee of the Ductwork Group, in 1997. In the same year, he joined the membership committee and was elected its vice chairman in 2004. He was chairman of the Ductwork Group for three years from 2000.

Following his presidency, he was appointed chief negotiator for the Operative National Agreement, and was elected chairman of the operative standing committee (later the employment policy committee) in November 2009.

“Gareth was of tremendous help to me when I began my journey with the association last year, and his dedication, passion and involvement will be keenly missed by many,” commented the BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin. “Our thoughts are with his wife Sue at this sad time.”