THE managing director of Pall Europe has paid tribute to cyclist Howard Plumb, who was killed last week.
Mr Plumb was a former Olympic windsurfer who more recently had excelled at cycling.
He was killed in a collision with a car near Goodwood while on his bicycle.
Huw Chapman, the managing director of Pall, where Mr Plumb worked as a quality specialist, said he brought a dynamic and professional approach to everything he touched.
Mr Chapman added: ‘He played a key role in upgrading the master files that encapsulated the development history for new products and also contributed to the creation of a Life sciences stage-gate model for product development.
‘In more recent times, Howard took on a more active role in product development, where his blend of engineering and quality skills were used to great effect to develop a number of the key components in Pall’s new single use bioreactors program for use in biochemical engineering.
‘His enthusiasm for sport influenced many of his colleagues who joined him for regular cycling outings.
‘His passing has brought great sadness to his colleagues in R&D and many other groups at Pall. At this time our thoughts are with Howard’s partner and family.’
Mr Plumb, 42, from Westbourne, represented Great Britain at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and had numerous national, world and European championship titles.
He sustained serious injuries in the crash on Saturday, July 5 following a collision with a Honda Jazz.
A 54-year-old man from Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention and released on bail until November 13.