Northumbrian Water′s Facilities Manager Dave Whiteley was voted in as the best British Institute of Facilities Management member in October 2011.
Dave, based at the head office in Durham, has responsibilities at twelve region-wide offices in the North East and Essex together with historic water company buildings at Ryhope, Sunderland; Tees Cottage, Darlington and the Museum of Power at Langford, near Maldon, Essex.
Dave from Tynemouth looks after the two head office buildings in Durham, the head office building at Hanningfield, near Chelmsford, and district offices in the North East at Darlington, Thornaby, Howdon, Cramlington, Horsely, Hexham and Washington.
He was a founder member of the Facilities Institute when it was formed in 1993 and this is the first time he has won the top award.
“Facilities management is often something which goes on behind the scenes and is taken for granted but it keeps all the wheels of office life turning. Its very gratifying to have been recognised at a national level and nothing gives me greater pleasure than successfully sorting out everyone’s problems at work,” he said.
Dave has worked for Northumbrian Water for almost 36 years and has been Facilities Manager for 18 years.
In addition to his work successes Dave is well known for his tireless dedication to Northumbrian Water’s adopted international charity WaterAid helping to raise millions of pounds to provide clean water and safe toilets for people in the developing world.
Fun-loving Dave’s fundraising exploits, recognised by WaterAid President Prince Charles, includes climbing Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro and manufacturing and riding the now famous ‘toilet bike’ to promote the good cause.