Chris Northey

2014-2016 - Chris Northey

Chris Northey started his career in 1987 as a plumbing apprentice within the family business, by studying for the City and Guilds Craft & Advanced Craft Certificates in Plumbing, after which he completed a JIB approved Plumbing Apprenticeship in 1991.

In 1998 he completed a two-year graduate company training scheme for Chartered Building Services Engineers, and in 1999 achieved Incorporated Engineer Registration. He also hold a BEng (Hons) degree Building Services Engineering Design & Management. In 2006 he achieved Chartered Engineer status, and was a founding member of the Young Engineers Network, responsible for raising the importance of involving Young Engineers within CIBSE.

In 2011 he was awarded the City and Guilds, Prince Philip Medal, for his outstanding leadership, ability, and the enthusiasm he had shown throughout his career in the engineering Industry. In Prince Philip’s words, the Medal is conferred on individuals who have ‘walked the City & Guilds path, and displayed exceptional proficiency in workplace skills’.

Earlier this year he was granted a Fellowship of The City and Guilds of London Institute for his ‘outstanding contribution to the engineering sector and his promotion of vocational education’. A Fellow of IHEEM, and a member of the Institute’s London Branch, he received his Fellowship Diploma from City and Guilds chairman, Sir John Armitt, at the City and Guilds Fellows’ Luncheon at Imperial College London on 15 June. To be considered for a Fellowship, candidates must ‘exemplify excellence by embodying the City & Guilds Group’s core values of leadership, imagination, and integrity’. Fellowship is then bestowed ‘upon leaders and innovators who have had an impact on their industry or in education’.

Now, with over 30 years’ experience, he ‘strives to raise the standards within his field’, and is an award-winning and highly experienced public health design director who has worked for large numbers of well-established clients. He currently serves on a number of committees, is a member of many professional bodies (he was a founder member of the Society of Public Health Engineers), and an active Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.  Outside public health engineering, Chris Northey champions vocational education, and has worked extensively to promote plumbing apprenticeships as a pathway to becoming a Chartered Engineer.