National role for former apprentice plumber

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THE new president of a body which demands excellence from the plumbing industry across the UK is Purbrook man Lee Davies.

He has taken over as president of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

Around 29 years ago Mr Davies got on his converted butchers bike – a gift from his grandfather – and set off for his first day as an apprentice plumber for the local authority.

He said: ‘Now I consider myself to have been incredibly fortunate to have served my time in local authority plumbing.

‘Whilst those in my class at college had their experiences restricted to the type of companies they worked for, my experience was far more wide-ranging.

‘Sewage pumping stations, domestic plumbing, industrial heating, ventilation, leadwork, building an Olympic-sized swimming pool, marine plumbing – I doubt there was an aspect of our great craft that I didn’t experience during my apprenticeship.’

Mr Davies, who has spent time lecturing in plumbing, will be making education and learning his major theme of his year in office.