The founder of a specialist ventilation cleaning company has been appointed chair of the Scottish division of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Simone Hart Sibbald, MD of Perfect Service Solutions, will represent the interests of 200 BESA Scotland members working in the engineering services sector.

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During her term of office, she plans to raise awareness of the need to ensure the safety of operatives going into buildings to carry out their services.

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She also wants to establish a ventilation hygiene group in Scotland similar to one already running at BESA in England in a bid to highlight the importance of improving indoor air quality and reducing fire risk in kitchen extract systems through ductwork cleaning.

Hart Sibbald said: “I’m looking forward to my new role – it’s a great privilege and responsibility to be chair of BESA Scotland and one of my main aims will be to raise the profile of our industry.

“I want to be involved in supporting the development and growth of our members and will do my utmost to be a great advocate for them.

“I’m particularly keen to highlight the need for improved safety and accessibility for our sector’s employees in the buildings where they operate.

“It’s essential that building ventilation systems are constructed to ensure filters and other parts requiring cleaning or replacement are readily accessible.

“There is a real need to make sure ducting is not dangerous for our members to access as they go about their work.”

Paul McLaughlin, BESA chief executive, said: “Simone has already proved to be an active and committed member of the BESA, and I am delighted that she has accepted the challenge of chairing BESA Scotland at a time of great opportunity for the association and its members.

“I am convinced she will prove to be a great asset in helping to implement the many initiatives we have planned for the future.”

Hart Sibbald, whose firm provides specialist deep cleaning services and ventilation solutions for a variety of clients, was vice-chair of BESA Scotland from 2014 to 2016 after joining the trade body in 2007.