Rare honour for Hart Sibbald at BESA
Simone Hart Sibbald has been appointed chairman of the Scottish division of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), only the second woman to head up the organisation since it was set up in 1904.
BESA Scotland represents 200 companies involved in the engineering services sector.
Ms Hart Sibbald, managing director and co-founder of Stirling family firm Perfect Service Solutions, will chair meetings, advocate for Scottish companies and represent their interests at a national level.
She said: “I’m looking forward to my new role – it’s a great privilege and responsibility to be chair of the Scottish region of the organisation and one of my main aims will be to raise the profile of our industry.
“I want to be involved in supporting the development and growth of our members and will do my utmost to be a great advocate for them.
“I’m particularly keen to raise awareness of the importance of safety and accessibility for operatives in our sector in the buildings where they carry out their services.”
Paul McLaughlin, BESA chief executive, said: “Simone has already proved to be an active and committed member of the BESA, and I am delighted she has accepted the challenge of chairing BESA Scotland at a time of great opportunity for the association and its members.
“I am convinced she will prove to be a great asset in helping to implement the many initiatives we have planned.”
Ms Hart Sibbald was vice-chairman of BESA Scotland from 2014-16 after joining the trade body in 2007.
She added: BBeing involved in BESA has been a great learning experience and one which has helped my personal development.
“As I’m not from an engineering background, it has really added depth to my knowledge and understanding of the sector.”
Ms Hart Sibbald is also vice-chairman of the National Association of Air Duct Cleaners UK and recently graduated from the Growth Advantage Programme (GAP) developed by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School.
She was among a cohort of 20 entrepreneurs taking part in the 10-month programme at the School which recently became the first Business School in Scotland to achieve Gold-accreditation from the Small Business Charter.
Meanwhile, Perfect Service Solutions is in the running for two top business awards from Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The firm has been shortlisted for Best Small Business while Ms Hart Sibbald is nominated for the organisation’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year prize.
The award winners will be named at a ceremony in Dunblane later this month. (Thursday March 24)