Rhys was honoured and proud to be elected to serve as the President of the Association of Building Engineers at a Presidential luncheon and inauguration ceremony held at the House of Lords on the 9th May 2008.
During his year in office Rhys travelled to more than 20 different towns and cities within the UK where he met fellow Association Members and other professionals. This challenging role also saw him travel abroad to Düsseldorf, Strasbourg and Hong Kong on behalf of the ABE.
Rhys handed over the role to Beryl Menzies at a networking luncheon held at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on 8th May 2009.
The Association of Building Engineers was formed in 1925 as the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors, and can be considered as a leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of building construction. The list of Rhys' predecessors as President of the Association have included numerous well-known and respected individuals, perhaps the most famous of which, was Sir Edwin Lutyens, Architect and designer of - amongst many other notable buildings - the "Cenotaph" war memorial in Whitehall, London.
On 10th July 2013, the ABE’s petition to Her Majesty the Queen for a Royal Charter, was granted at a meeting of the Privy Council, attended by The Rt Hon Nick Clegg (Lord President), The Rt Hon Michael Gove, The Rt Hon Lord McNally and the Rt Hon George Osborne, recognising the 88-year history of the ABE and its contribution to Building Engineering in raising standards, sharing knowledge and developing professionals.
From 1st January 2014 the Association of Building Engineers will henceforth be known as The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Moreover, the CABE is now an Affiliate of the Engineering Council.
The Association's members practice in both the private and public sectors across the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and around the World. The CABE provides the prime qualification of Building Engineer, a title that exactly reflects the professional expertise of members.
The Association was founded with the principal objectives to:
- promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of each and all of the arts and sciences concerned with building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of the built environment and the creation and maintenance of a high standard of professional qualification, conduct and practice.
- encourage and facilitate co-operation between the construction professions.
For more details please visit the Chartered Association of Building Engineers' website.