Valves association announces first winner of new leadership trophy
9 Dec 2019
Rotork’s Dave Godfrey is the first ever winner of the British Valve and Actuator Association’s Future Leader Award.
Set up to recognise the successors of former participants on the association’s Future Leaders programme, the prize was timed to coincide with the BVAA;’s 80 the anniversary celebrations.
BVAA CEO Rob Bartlett said the award to Godfrey – Rotork product manager for service & aftermarkets – would combine the organisation’s best traditions with its forward looking ethos.
“When we launched the Future Leaders Programme, we hoped it would act as a catalyst for the development of talent in the industry. Dave’s career trajectory, and ongoing involvement with the association, is the epitome of this.’
The award is sponsored by the Greenhalgh family, which boasts four generations of members who have worked in the industry. Family member Martin Greenhalgh is the present BVAA technical consultant, while his grandfather James was a founding member of the association in September 1939.
Said Bartlett: “It’s very fitting that [Dave] should receive the inaugural Future Leaders Award which includes an inscription about James Greenhalgh.
"This godfather of the British valve and actuator industry held progressive views on the qualities of good leadership that are still relevant today.”
Photo: BVAA chairman Colin Findlay with Dave Godfrey and BVAA CEO Rob Bartlett