Townsend had first been elected to the Association’s Council in 1992, and had served continuously until earlier this year. He also served as a trustee of the Association, formerly known as the HVCA, for almost 20 years, and was president during its centenary year in 2004.
He has also been chairman of the Membership Committee and of the North West Region, membership of the Finance, Audit and Staff Standing Committees, directorship of training provider Building Engineering Services Training and chairman of the Commissioning Specialist Association.
In making the presentation, B&ES president Jim Marner explained that the Distinguished Service Award was conferred upon “those who have rendered extra-special service to the Association and its activities” – adding that the roll-call of previous recipients represented “a B&ES hall of fame”.
“Of the many committed individuals I have met during my involvement with B&ES, I can safely claim that none has demonstrated more dedication than Brian to the interests of the Association and the sector, nor provided us with more leadership and wise counsel,” he added.