The final awards presentation at the annual Pump Industry Awards Ceremony is always eagerly anticipated by those in attendance, given that it is awarded to an individual who has made a significant and consistent contribution the pump industry over the duration of their working career.
This year was no exception, and with 24 years of dedicated service to the pump industry through his Directorship of the BPMA, the recipient was indeed a worthy and extremely popular winner. A spontaneous standing ovation, lasting for several long minutes, took place when his name was announced at the Gala Awards Dinner on 23rd March, at the Crowne Plaza, Heythrop Park.
Brian Huxley is a qualified Training Officer, whose career started in the early 1960’s as a commercial apprentice with GLYNWED. He went on to hold several training positions, before leaving the company in 1974 to become Group Training Officer for METCOM – a Federation of Mechanical and Engineering Trades. He held that position until 1978 when he was promoted to Regional Manager.
From his humble beginnings at METCOM he progressed to Regional General Manager, then Assistant Director, then Director and eventually to take on the role of Managing Director.
In 1993, amongst his other roles within METCOM, Brian was also asked to take on a Trade Association which was at that time operating with a part-time General Secretary and a part-time Technical officer. It was from there that our recipient began the restructuring of the BPMA.
As a Director of the BPMA, he has been responsible for introducing and creating many of the services that are available to members today, such as the Buyers Guide, Newsletters, BPMA Training and the World Pump Report. In 1998 he insisted that the BPMA employed a full time Technical Director, to oversee and further develop that important aspect of the Association’s service offering.
Under his Directorship the BPMA became one of the first Trade Associations to have a website and to offer membership to suppliers of the industry, something that has been copied by many others since. In 2009, in order to safeguard the interests of both members and staff, he instigated the BPMA’s transition to a limited company.
Over the years, he stabilised the finances and developed a healthy balance sheet, enabling the role of BPMA Director to be passed onto his successor, Steve Schofield, in 2013.
An accomplished diplomat, well known for his calm and measured approach, he is recognised throughout the UK and Europe as a true Ambassador for the UK Pump Industry.
As a further mark of the BPMA’s appreciation for this outstanding dedication, its Board and Council also presented Brian with a Plaque commemorating his 24 years of loyal and unbroken service to the Association. This presentation was made by BPMA President, and Managing Director of Grundfos Pumps, Peter Reynolds, at the BPMA Council Meeting which took place on 24th March.