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Chairman of HVAC Specialist, Senior Hargreaves, Brian G Ward Retires After 48 Years

(PRWEB) February 12, 2004

Brian’s career has been exclusively with the heating and ventilation ductwork specialist. He joined the company in 1956 from Bury Technical School and began training as an apprentice sheet metalworker, training both at the company and at Bury Technical College. While still an apprentice, he began working as a fitter on-site at paper mills throughout the UK and abroad before moving to London in 1959 to work on high profile projects such as the Esso HQ, the Hilton Hotel and many others.

Brian spent 24 years leading installation teams on technically advanced and prestige projects. These included installing systems for the accelerated life testing of the prototype Concorde at Farnborough. This groundbreaking air handling system, using revolutionary lightweight stainless steel ductwork, subjected the airframe to cyclical air pressures and temperature swings equal to 40 years service. Early in his career, Brian was also involved in work for the nuclear industry at the prototype Windscale Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor. Just recently, he has revisited this plant to see decommissioning taking place, using world-class contamination control technology that was built and tested at Hargreaves Lord Street factory.

In 1978, Brian was recalled to the Bury site to become contracts administration director, then works director in 1980. He became managing director in 1993. In 1994 he became a director of Senior Construction Services, a division within Senior Engineering Plc, which included various ventilation and construction interests. Brian headed the team that between 1997 and 2000 restructured this division to divest non-core activities. Hargreaves was recognised at this time as a major asset and remains a key business in the Senior portfolio.

“Hargreaves has always been a company at the forefront of technology,” Brian explained. “In addition to the nuclear decommissioning work – where the equipment we have installed meets the most exacting performance standards – we will also be working on prestige projects in the capital such as the new Wembley Stadium, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Canary Wharf and St Pancras Station. Work starts soon on new laboratories for Welcome Trust at South Fields in Cambridge and there is ongoing work for the MOD.”

In a tribute from the Engineering Employer’s Federation, director general Marin Temple said. “Brian has been an active member of the EEF for many years. He is a passionate supporter of manufacturing in Britain and has a personal commitment to the training of people, particularly the young. He has put this into practice by EEF involvement both regionally and nationally. In particular Brian played a major role in the merger of EEF Lancashire into the North West Association, creating a strong body to represent the interests of the region.”

In his retirement, Brian does not intend to slow down. “I have a strong belief in the value of training and I am keen to continue to make a contribution to the local community.” Brian will continue to be a governor of Bury College, working with the principal, Dr. Helen Gilchrist CBE. He also holds directorships with the new North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Bolton/Bury Chamber and independent engineering training provider, Alliance Learning. “I also want to find more time for charity fundraising and country pursuits. My wife and I will complete our exploration of the Pennine Way and some areas in the Yorkshire Dales and Scotland that have a special attraction to us.”

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Senior Trip ; Plane or Cruise?

Question by HEYGIRL .: Senior Trip ; Plane or Cruise?
I’m planning my Senior trip and my place of choice right now is Italy (Tuscany). I’ve been looking online for cruises in the 2013 year that will dock in Italy and I’ve been successful but none have really docked close to where I’d like to visit specifically (They go to places like Rome, Florence & Venice). Also, none of the ports are in America so that’d mean buying plane tickets to either Spain, London, or Italy just to board the ship, which is not cheap, especially when you live in Texas!

I’m wondering if it’ll just be easier to fly to Tuscany and spend time there,? My mom gets discounts on all Hilton, DoubleTree, etc. resorts / hotels so I could stay in Italy at the Resort and roam freely for days instead of a few hours. The only downside is I don’t fluently speak Italian, I have no idea where to go or how to get around, and I’m afraid I won’t get to enjoy it because I’d be too busy getting lost! I’m going with my mom and my best friend, I’m just not sure which would be the better option.

Go by plane and spend a week in my desired location? Or go by ship and get to visit many different locations, not only Italy but places like Spain and Greece? Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks for your help!

Best answer:

Answer by luludoodie
Oh dear, we Europeans despair at Americans sometimes!

Going to Italy/Tuscany and even considering staying in Hilton, Double Tree hotels/resorts to save a few bucks is madness. You do your research and stay in little tavernas in the areas/towns YOU want to visit. Hire a little FIAT (not a US 4X4 gas guzzling monster and drive/enjoy the countryside! Fraction of the cost, million times better experience for NOT being standardised US controlled hotel or conducted tour regime!

Local food that (will not poison you!) should make you realise why we turn our noses up at McDonald’s, The bread and REAL (not Domino’s) pizza to die for!

The locals will greet you and embrace you if you ask their help and not think everything US is the only way.

As for a cruise, same applies. Monster Carnival, Royal Caribbean, etc. ships are not the way to explore this – or frankly any – region! A small ship pottering along the coast (all will have multilingual crew as English is the common language of the sea) calling at the small ports/islands will show you a lifestyle never seen by the big cruise ship masses.

Here is an example on your side of the Atlantic. Went on 100 person mini cruise ship Anchorage to Vancouver last August.
Never saw a big ship!
Never stopped at a tourist trap town!
No dancing girls or casino.
No crowds or queues!
Visited back of beyond small towns – bet you have never been to a hammer museum – we have now!
We spent most of the time out in the Zodiacs seeing the best show on earth – NATURE!
-In front of a glacier having a 10,000 ton calving (mini tsunami moved us all around).
-Standing in a salmon spawning stream with the fish swimming through our feet.
-Being one side of a river watching bears catching salmon on the other side!
-Spending 2 hours drifting with a pod of about 20 humpback whales bubble feeding – something
you never expect to see live other than on TV.
-Sea otters, Sea lions, humpback breaching about 50ft from us!
-Barbecued on a spit of land surrounded by nature/mini icebergs/Eagles!
-Drifting with a pod of Orca whales as we approached northern Victoria Island in
the Inside Passage.
-Total sensory overload all the time etc. etc.
-You don’t compromise comfort or good food! Yes they are more expensive – but worth it!

If you are really adventurous you can even try dog sledging just South of Anchorage. We drove down in a rental car, you get helicoptered up on to a glacier where the Alaskan Iditorod husky dogs have their summer camp. A trip round the glacier and playing with the puppies is a very memorable experience!

Go native, the experience will amaze you!

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