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HONITON: Lifetime achievement award for Steve
Thursday, 17 October 2013
A chartered engineer and structures manager from Honiton has been bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) South West.
Steve Guilbert was rewarded for more than 40 years of civil engineering excellence.
He becomes the first winner of this new category in the annual CECA Training Awards, having impressed the judges with his significant contribution to the industry with South West Highways (SWH), where he has worked for the past 18 years, and during his 22 years with Devon County Council.
He is currently SWH’s structures manager.
Guernsey born Steve, 61, said: “Originally I wanted to be a car salesman or harbour pilot but my enjoyment came from making things, even as a small boy - so engineering beckoned me.
“I have been involved in many projects across Devon over the past 44 years and it is certainly very satisfying to see the tangible results of this work.
“Of course, there have been many changes, particularly in the culture towards health and safety, but this remains a very exciting industry and I really enjoy passing on the benefits of my experience to younger engineers.
“My advice is to gain as many qualifications as possible but at the same to look for a wide range of practical experiences.”
CECA South West executive director Alan Taylor congratulated Steve and said: “Steve has been a model civil engineer for over 40 years and continues to influence young people entering the profession.
“He truly is an inspiration to us all.”
Bob Jones of Devon County Council's Environment, Economy and Culture Directorate added: “Steve is dedicated and thoroughly committed to all schemes on which he has worked.
“The people of Devon have benefited from his love and enthusiasm for his job.”
SWH construction director Peter Davies added praise by saying: “Steve has worked in one county for his entire career and is a true expert in his field, pursuing engineering excellence, continuous improvement and passing his knowledge onto his peers. He has made an indelible mark on the county of Devon.”
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