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CIBSE inaugurates new Chair to lead the ANZ region

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At the recent AGM in Melbourne, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region elected Paul Angus as the 16th Chair, 30 years since the region was originally founded in June, 1987.

Paul Angus is a hydraulic consultant with over 20 years’ experience and is an associate director of AECOM, based in Sydney.  Since beginning his CIBSE journey, originally as a student member in 2001, Paul graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a “First Class” Honours Degree in Building Services Engineering.

Paul has served on various officer positions with CIBSE, including CIBSE ANZ Honorary Secretary for three years, New South Wales Chapter Chair for three years and on the committee for four years.  He has also strong links with the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE).  He successfully served as the Northern UK regional representative for three years and instrumental in assisting to set up the inaugural Scotland region with President elect, Lynne Jack, where he was regional representative for two years.  Furthermore, Paul successfully served as the SoPHE Communications officer – editing the quarterly newsletter for approximately five years. Paul also currently serves on the Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia NSW committee.

Earlier in June, Paul achieved the highest status of membership, being recognised as a Fellow of CIBSE, with only 26 in the ANZ region, he is one of the youngest. 

Addressing the AGM in his first engagement as the new Chair, Paul thanked his predecessors for the tireless and enthusiastic work undertaken in the last 30 years.  He is very proud to be elected as Chair and endeavours to maintain the high standards and expectations set by previous committees.  He also acknowledged, “There is still an enormous amount of work yet to be undertaken in raising the profile of CIBSE and Building Services Engineering in the ANZ region. In-line with our 2020 strategy, there will be an emphasis in focussing on education, training and gender diversity for our current and future members. Communication is also high on our agenda with plans to improve and further implement e-news, webinars and podcasts to reach out and keep our members informed throughout the region”.

Paul thanked those around him, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the past number of years working with such a fantastic team in my previous roles as NSW Chair and ANZ Honorary Secretary.  I’m extremely proud to be elected as Chair of the region, and very much looking forward to leading and collaborating further with you all over this two year term.  It’s an honour to be working with such a well-regarded and self-motivated team.  I have witnessed firsthand, the dedication and commitment of all the committee members towards the Institution and its activities and intend on ensuring this is fully recognised”.

He went on to congratulate and thank Ian Small for successfully chairing the region for the past three years. “I look forward to continuing and relying on the advice and guidance of Ian, as well as all past Chairs, to carry on and build upon the successes of previous years and original vision of the region in 1987”.

Touching on the future direction of CIBSE, he went on to say, “With the appointment of Sharon Pestonji – Business Development Manager, we’re now successfully initiating our 2020 strategy. We are confident that with the appropriate high level support, under the Advisory Panel’s guidance we now have the vision, enthusiasm and clear direction to grow the brand and yield significant benefits.  In doing so, can successfully deliver growth and improved service levels to the industry and our engineers of the future.

In closing, Paul touched upon the volunteer commitment and network that makes CIBSE so great, “I look forward to working with the committee over this two year term.  Thank you to those who have agreed to continue with their roles and activities on the Chapter and Regional committees.  Your dedication, devotion and direction make the CIBSE ANZ region such as success.  Finally,  I’d also like to introduce and welcome Lindy Stephens (Honorary Secretary), Michael Gardner (Wellington Chair) and Phil Senn (NSW Chair), each of whom have  assumed new roles, on the regional committee’.