What do we do? We are looking to re-invigorate this group so if you would like to be part of it or have any ideas and suggestions, do get in touch. Chris the group leader says ; “I am keen to get the group moving again and see the local groups as in important part of the AECB and its activities. I think the many opportunities the local groups present to members to network, or just plain socialise, is as important to them as to the organisation if not industry as a whole. I really want to get through to the young just entering the industry as well and they after all are our future.“
Meet the group leader:
“Hi, I’m Chris Lord-Smith and I joined the AECB in 1990, after reading about its launch in the building press. I am a carpenter by trade and had been working in Yorkshire for a large building company as a contracts manager prior to moving back to Wales. I had become increasingly concerned about the damage being done to the environment by the construction industry, the use of unsustainable materials and the sheer level of waste that was endemic in the industry, along with issues of resource depletion, global warming, etc.
At the time I was renovating a 1600s small farm house and found the AECB a really good source of information, advice and contacts. In the early 90s I set up a small building company specialising in environmentally sensitive renovation and got involved with solar thermal installations as well. By 2004 the renewable industry was starting to take off and I decided to concentrate on solar thermal and later on PV and biomass installations which I continued until 2014. I am semi-retired now but still service systems for customers.
I joined the board of what were then the trustees for the AECB in the mid 90s and helped with the process of transforming the AECB from a voluntary organisation into a company limited by guarantees, but left the board as the pressures of running a small company became too great to be able to put the effort into the board that the AECB deserved.
I also set up and published the AECB newsletter (Network) in 2002 and continued to do so until 2015. This was initially by post (yes we did send out over 1000 by post!), but later it became an email newsletter. In addition we (Maia my partner and I) used to promote the AECB at various events, including Glastonbury Festival for about 10 years and for a couple of years helped to organise the AGM finding suitable venues.”
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