Simone Hart Sibbald, managing director and founder of specialist cleaning company, Perfect Service Solutions, has been appointed chair of the Scottish division of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and will represent the interests of 200 BESA Scotland members working in the engineering services sector.
During her term of office, she plans to raise awareness of the need to ensure the safety of operatives going into buildings to carry out their services.
She also wants to establish a ventilation hygiene group in Scotland similar to one already running at BESA in England in a bid to highlight the importance of improving indoor air quality and reducing fire risk in kitchen extract systems through ductwork cleaning.
Commenting on her appointment, Hart Sibbald said:
“I’m looking forward to my new role – it’s a great privilege and responsibility to be chair of BESA Scotland 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 highlight the need for improved safety and accessibility for our sector’s employees in the buildings where they operate.
“It’s essential that building ventilation systems are constructed to ensure filters and other parts requiring cleaning or replacement are readily accessible.
“I’ll be campaigning to raise awareness of staff safety and hope to influence the construction industry in this regard.”
Hart Sibbald, whose firm provides specialist deep cleaning services and ventilation solutions for a variety of clients, was vice-chair of BESA Scotland from 2014 to 2016 after joining the trade body in 2007.
The organisation is the main UK trade association for building engineering services contractors who install and maintain heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration services.