Thursday 8 July 2004
Trevor Downham has
been an employee of Loughborough University for more than 20 years.
He started with us in 1983 as a mechanical workshop technician
specialising in computer numerically controlled machine-tools
in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering. Over the years
he has progressed through several positions of responsibility
to his current post as Facilities Manager for the Wolfson School
of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
has been immense - to the University in general and to the Wolfson
School in particular. He is well known as the person who will
always go “the extra mile”. This has been a defining
characteristic of Trevor from the day he joined the University,
and all successive Heads of Department sing his praises.
contributions have been sustained over the twenty years he has
worked for the University, there is one particular period that
should be highlighted. This relates to the design, build and occupancy
of the new Wolfson Building for the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing
Engineering completed in Autumn 2000. He took a major lead in
specifying the requirements, documenting the design, monitoring
the building progress and for a period acting as project manager.
Moving the occupants
of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering into the new building
required 6 months’ planning with the intention of the move
starting in July and extending over the 3 month summer period.
In reality the building was not handed over by the contractors
until the 17th September, just nine working days before the start
of term – the original 3 month period to move the complete
Department had shrunk to less than two weeks.
These two weeks turned
out to be a shining example of Trevor’s leadership and team-working
abilities. Coordinating the logistics of the move, the original
Manufacturing Engineering building was completely emptied and
the department re-established in its new facilities, over just
a six-day period. It was an outstanding success with the new Wolfson
School opening on time to receive its Fresher intake on Friday
29th September 2000.
Whilst I have highlighted
this example of Trevor’s contribution – it is just
that, an example. It illustrates his dedication and effectiveness
in all his University activities since joining this institution
– a commitment that remains undimmed to this day.
I am delighted to present to you, for the award of the Loughborough
University Medal, Trevor William Downham.