President’s commendation for CIBSE editor Alex Smith

CPL One’s CIBSE Journal editor receives prestigious recognition for his long-standing commitment to excellence in support of the building services organisation.

CPL One editor Alex Smith received a surprise birthday present last week. During CIBSE’s annual President’s Awards dinner, which took place at London’s Waldorf Hilton hotel, Alex received a CIBSE President’s Commendation in recognition for his long-standing work as editor of CIBSE Journal.

Alex has been editing the Journal since joining CPL One in July 2012. The nomination for his commendation noted his continued commitment and enthusiasm to keeping readers informed on the latest news, policy updates, groundbreaking projects, and interviews with leading industry figures – all of which made CIBSE Journal “a must-read monthly magazine”. 

“Alex’s passion, energy and enthusiasm for the subject matter shines through,” the nomination said. “He is well respected in the industry and has formed excellent working relationships with senior CIBSE staff, members and manufacturers, ensuring the magazine is not only an informative read but also is a commercial product.”

At the event, which took place on Alex’s birthday, CIBSE chief executive Ruth Carter told guests: “I am truly honoured to deliver a special President’s Commendation to someone who plays a pivotal role in shaping CIBSE’s presence on the international stage.   

“We would like to recognise Alex’s ongoing work and skill in championing, guiding and sharing CIBSE’s direction of travel.”

Making the headlines

In his time as editor, Alex has navigated several nationally important topics that have required sensitive treatment and journalistic integrity.

“In 2017, the Journal faced the challenge of covering the Grenfell Tower tragedy appropriately. Alex found the right tone and angle, avoiding sensationalism. His editorial column highlighted the failure of collaboration between disciplines and listed ‘must-do’ changes across the profession,” the nomination added.

“Since the fire, the Journal has continued its balanced and informative reporting on developments with the Building Safety Review, and building reforms.  

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, Alex ensured thorough reporting on the latest guidance and advice around mitigating the risk of infection and the spread of COVID-19.” 

CIBSE Journal is a flagship magazine for CIBSE and the wider industry and is consistently rated the organisation’s number one member benefit. Alex’s commendation highlights his continued hard work in support of the organisation and its members.

Congratulations Alex.