David Hodges was Chairman of the CAI for 24 years after joining the Board in 1980. He was educated in Sevenoaks and at South East London Technical College where he gained a full Tech and completed his apprenticeship as a Development Engineer with GEC Elliott Automation working on power station control and monitoring systems. After a short period at the SIRA Institute as a research technologist, he joined Chubb as Project Engineer working on electronic security systems, including their large security projects, and became Surveillance Divisional Manager running the CCTV operation. In 1976 he joined the Society and two years later joined a CAI Member Company, Kindue, as Technical Director thereby becoming involved with the Confederation and joining the CAI Board in 1980. At that time, he had the opportunity to develop some very special entry communications systems and, as result of this work, Blakeglow Ltd was formed. Over the years, he has moved Blakeglow into the installation field and so sees the industry from both manufacturing and installation viewpoints. Blakeglow Systems Ltd is the latest form of the company which concentrates on systems.
During the years, he has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society and was also presented with the Tom Hall Award. He has also been awarded a CAI Honorary Fellowship and presented with the CAI’s John Summerfield Award for Outstanding Services to the Industry.
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