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Robin Lee Wilson CBE FREng FICE (March 1933 – 11 November 2019) wa a British civil engineer. He served as chairman of the Travers Morgan Consulting Group and EC Harris and also as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1991–92. He was master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors in 2003 when the livery company updated its ordinances for the first time since 1479. Wilson also chaired the Construction Industry Council and the heritage trust which manages the Coultershaw Wharf and Beam Pump.

Robin Lee Wilson

CBE, BSc (Eng), FREng, FICE
Born1933 (1933)
Died(2019-11-11)November 11, 2019
OccupationCivil engineer
Known forPresident of the Institution of Civil Engineers

CareerEdit

Wilson had a bachelor of science degree in engineering and was a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[1] He was one of six engineers that formed a partnership with Travers Morgan Limited and traded as the Travers Morgan and Partners design consultancy, the partnership was dissolved in October 1990.[2] At one point he also served as chairman of the Travers Morgan Consulting Group.[3] Travers Morgan were bought by Huntingdon International in 1991 and by the Compagnie Générale des Eaux (now known as Vivendi) in 1995.[4] Wilson has also been chairman of engineering consultancy EC Harris (now part of Arcadis).[5]

Wilson was a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was its president for the November 1991 to November 1992 session.[1][6] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queens Birthday Honours of 13 June 1992.[3]

Wilson served as chairman of the Construction Industry Council between 1994 and 1996 and in 1998 was chairman of the Engineering Council's Board for Engineers' Regulation.[7][8] He was master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors in 2003 when the livery company sought to update its ordinances, last amended in 1479, and to apply for a Royal Charter.[9] Wilson was also active in recruiting new members for the company.[9]

Wilson was chairman of the Coultershaw Heritage Trust, which looks after the Coultershaw Wharf and Beam Pump in West Sussex, from before 2005.[10] Between 2008 and 2012 he project managed the installation of an Archimedes' screw water turbine at the site that looked to supply 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year to the National Grid and save 50 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The project required a survey to ensure that sheet piling works would not affect a suspected unexploded bomb.[11] The Coultershaw site, operational since 1782, previously supplied water to the town of Petworth and is a scheduled monument.[12][13]

He died on 11 November 2019 at the age of 86.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Institution of Civil Engineers. "Past Presidents". Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 52424". The London Gazette. 17 January 1991. p. 849.
  3. ^ a b "No. 52952". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1992. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Symonds buys Travers Morgan". Construction News. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Reflections on 20 Years of CIC" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  6. ^ Barnes, Martin (1992). Cesmm3 Handbook. Thomas Telford. ISBN 9780727733467. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Robin Wilson". New Civil Engineer. 16 April 1998. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  8. ^ "New Chairman for the CIC". British Institute of Facilities Management. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Issue 14, August 2003" (PDF). The Pavior. Worshipful Company of Paviors. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2015" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Opening of Coultershaw Beam Pump, near Petworth". Midhurst and Pentworth Observer (25 July 2012). Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Improving Petworth's water supply – Coultershaw Heritage Site and Beam Pump". Coultershaw Heritage Site and Beam Pump. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Coultershaw Heritage Site and Beam Pump". Discover Petworth – West Sussex. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  14. ^ [Wilson
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Roy Thomas Severn
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
November 1991 – November 1992
Succeeded by
Mike Cottell