Honours for stalwarts
TWO leading figures in the construction sector in Gloucestershire have been honoured at national level.
Trevor Hole, of L&H Surveying Services in Cheltenham, has been awarded honorary membership of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
And Harold Symonds, who has had a wide and varied career in property development, has received honorary membership of the National Federation of Builders (NFB).
As a teenager, Trevor earned pocket money by working for a small builder in his spare time.
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He eventually became a trainee estimator/surveyor and qualified as an associate member of the Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1970.
The following year he joined Cheltenham builders Little&Thompson, becoming an active member of the FMB, being appointed regional president in 1993 and serving on the FMB 's national council from 2002 to 2009.
Presenting Trevor with the honorary membership, FMB president Jim Gilmour said: "It is my pleasure to be able to formally recognise all Trevor has done for the FMB during the many years he has been a member.
"I know the South West in particular has greatly benefited from his enthusiasm and encouragement."
Throughout his working life, Harold Symonds has been a keen supporter and post holder of organisations within the construction industry, including the NFB, the Home Builders Federation and Gloucestershire Chamber of Commerce, serving at local, county and national level.
Although he retired from full-time work in 2003, Harold continues to work part-time for house builder Robert Hitchins, while also taking over the Gloucestershire Training Group.
He is also a keen supporter of Gloucestershire Construction Excellence Club and is a member of Gloucestershire Airport consultative committee.
NFB chief executive Julia Evans said: "As a keen supporter of the industry, Harold continues to champion construction at both a local and national level."
Harold said: "Receiving this honorary membership came as a very pleasant, surprise."