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FETA Chairman toasts another 30 years at industry lunch

Mike Nankivell, president of HEVAC and chairman of the FETA Board celebrates Association’s achievements and highlights work by outgoing director general at FETA lunch

In his opening speech Mr Nankivell said: “Good afternoon everybody.  As you heard, I am Mike Nankivell, President of HEVAC and Chairman of the FETA Board.  It is my pleasure and privilege today to say a few words.

This has been a specially busy year for our associations.

The revisions to Part L Building Regulations were announced last October and came into effect this month, reflecting a lot of effort by our air conditioning, ductwork and ventilation members.

The new parameters for the Renewable Heat Initiative, or RHI, also reflect the work of members involved in biomass and heat pump technologies.

Then, of course, there has been the review of the 2006 F Gas regulation and the consequent amendments.  This was a lengthy and time-consuming process for member companies involved in refrigeration and air conditioning, from as far back as November 2012.

To my mind, the outcome of the F Gas Review illustrates very well what a trade body can do.  We were never going to win on every point, but by being tenacious, by working with colleagues in other national and European organisations, and through our close ties with officials in DEFRA, FETA was able to influence the review to the benefit of its members.

This year sees FETA celebrating 30 years of formal existence.  Some of the groups in FETA can trace their origins back much further, indeed to the 1940s, and there was an informal federation in the 1970s between BRA and HEVAC.

However, in 1984, FETA was established as a legal entity.  In the time since, the federation has gone from strength to strength as a voluntary organisation, due to the commitment and personal participation of many individuals.  They have exceeded the requirements of their paid employment and willingly given their time for the betterment of our industry.

I am delighted to say that the front row of tables today contain many of those who contributed selflessly over the last 30 years to make FETA what it is today.

We have past presidents of associations, ex-chairmen of sections and groups, members who represented our interests on national, European and international standards bodies.  We have past members of staff, and friends from both commerce and government who supported us during the last 3 decades.

To all of them, I would like to extend our collective appreciation for laying the foundations of FETA, and bringing us to this point.

Also this year we have engaged in a careful search to replace our Director General.  For the last 16 years Cedric Sloan has held that post and he is retiring in the autumn.  Cedric has helped to grow FETA to its present size – and this full room of members and guests plus the hundreds of company logos displayed on the screen, is a clear illustration of that success.  He was instrumental in moving FETA into our permanent premises at Waltham Court, while still building up the cash reserves to provide a safety net for our operations.  And, of course, in his time we have had to expand our efforts and effectiveness in Brussels, due to the impact of European legislation on all of our businesses.

Cedric is not leaving just yet, but this is an appropriate occasion to acknowledge his invaluable contribution and thank him on your behalf.

Our thanks do not end there, because as I close my speech, on your behalf I would like to express our gratitude to Feta’s excellent support staff – Mike Duggan, Terry Seward, Caroline Sloan and Rosie Pearce, the organisers of today’s lunch and to the staff of the Brewery who look after us so well.

My hope is that members present and their guests, and the guests of FETA and our associations, have a memorable and enjoyable afternoon.

Thank you for listening.”

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