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Going the extra mile

Duncan Miles

Duncan Miles, Surrey Branch Secretary, has chosen to step down from the Branch committee, on what is his 56th year in membership of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Marking the staggering milestone at the recent Surrey Branch AGM, Duncan retired from his committee post in style, fortunately giving members a short history of his membership, having originally joined not the CIPHE, but the ‘Registered Plumbers Association’.  Duncan has seen the Institute in all its forms, including the ‘Institute of Plumbing’ (IOP) ‘Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering’ (IPHE) and onwards to the present ‘CIPHE’.

Having achieved his final C&G qualification in 1961, Duncan was invited to ‘come along’ and join the Surrey Branch committee the following year and was quickly enticed to take on a role to plan events.

To say he  proved to relish Branch life would be an understatement, serving as Chairman of the Surrey Branch from 1985/86 and then turning his hand to the Branch Secretary role between 1986 and 2018; a total of 31 years!

Additionally he was Area Coordinator for the South East Region for eight years and was also part of the National Executive Council.

In 1995/96 he was voted to be the National President (his proudest achievement). Afterwards he was elected as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

After 56 years of serving the profession, Duncan deserves a well-earned retirement from committee life - but not yet from the CIPHE - of which he will be remaining a loyal member.

Kevin Wellman said “My congratulations go to all those who have supported the Surrey Branch over many years and to Duncan in particular for his leadership, enthusiasm and professionalism. His dedication to the furtherance of the plumbing and heating industry, through times good and bad, is undeniable.” 

“Duncan should retire feeling proud of all he has achieved. To serve his industry for over five and a half decades whilst also forging his own career demands a tremendous amount of respect. We hope he is an inspiration to those joining the CIPHE today, and for many years to come.“

“From everyone at the Institute and the Surrey Branch in particular, thank you Duncan.”