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20 March 2019
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David Frise

19 March 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


David Frise has been selected as the new chief executive officer of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).


Frise has been combining the roles of head of sustainability at BESA and chief executive of the construction fit-out body FIS for seven years.


He takes over as CEO of BESA with immediate effect, but will also continue in his role at the FIS for a short period to help manage the transition to his successor.


A former nuclear submariner, Frise left the Royal Navy to become managing director of a building engineering services contractor, which he described as a “logical step”.


He said that “the basic engineering principles are the same and good-quality building services firms – like BESA members – have a lot in common with the nuclear industry”.


Frise said: “It will be part of my mission to impress on anyone who will listen that building engineering has a vital social and economic role to play by helping to deliver a top-quality built environment.”


He said his key priorities would include stepping up the association’s already substantial role as a leading provider of technical standards and guidance. This will be delivered by working with BESA members and in collaboration with other stakeholder sector bodies to make sure all technical output was “world class, relevant and cutting edge”. He added that training would be another priority so that member companies could access the skills they needed to support technical developments.