NHBC’s Richard Smith inaugurated as President of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
16 May 2023
Richard Smith, Head of Standards, Innovation & Research at NHBC has been named the new President of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). He was officially inaugurated in front of CABE members, past presidents and friends of the association, at a lunch held at the House of Lords on 12 May 2023.
Outgoing president Joseph Birt, Managing Director & Senior Fire Engineer at Fire Risk Solutions Northern Ireland (FRSNI), passed over the presidential chain following his year in office at the lunch.
Richard, who will continue in his role at NHBC alongside his presidency, joins CABE at an exciting time; the association is introducing new Membership Competency Frameworks and specialist technical sections which will allow it to offer more benefits and services to its members.
“It’s a great honour to have been invited to hold the presidency of CABE and I was delighted to accept.” commented Richard Smith, Head of Standards, Innovation & Research at NHBC and new Preisdent of CABE. “As a passionate supporter of high standards in building, engineering and construction, I look forward to championing CABE’s work of sharing knowledge, raising standards and developing building professionals to raise competency across the industry.”
Remarking on his past year as President, Joseph Birt shared a quote from Winston Churchill; “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”. Reflecting on that statement he commented that “we in this association shape the minds of the professionals, who shape our buildings, which afterwards shape our society. And I am proud to have played my small part as your president.”
Richard previously served as Vice-President of CABE and is committed to working with the association to enable construction professionals to deliver better, more inclusive, safer, and sustainable buildings.
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