Sir Brian Hill passes away

By Paul Norman - Friday, November 10, 2017 16:18

The family of Sir Brian John Hill MA, FRICS, FCIOB are sad to announce that he passed away suddenly on Sunday the 5th of November, 2017.

Sir Brian was born on 19th December 1932, in Streatham, South London, and was educated at Stowe School.

Following National Service he went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge to study Land Economy. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor before joining the construction company Higgs & Hill plc in 1957. He was the seventh generation of his family to enter the building industry.

He was appointed Managing Director in 1972 and then Chief Executive and Chairman before retiring from the company in 1992. Some of the construction projects carried out during his time at the Company included BBC Television Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hayward Gallery, South Bank Television Centre and the Mound Stand at Lords.

During his career, Sir Brian held many positions within the building industry. He was National President of the Building Employers’ Confederation, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather he was President of the Chartered Institute of Building (1987/88), a main board member of the Property Services Agency, Chairman of Vauxhall College of Building and Director of the London Docklands Development Corporation. He was also a past master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors. He was knighted for services to the construction industry in 1989.

He advised on the extension to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, becoming a director in 1984. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in 1992 and then became Chairman of the Trust board until stepping down in 1997.

He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Child Health in 1997. From 1997 to 2008 Sir Brian was Chairman of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. The Trust is the leading UK Charity for children with brain injury. He was also a trustee of the Falkland Islands Chapel at Pangbourne.

Sir Brian was also active in his local community. He was church warden at St. Andew’s Church Kingswood, a governor of Aberdour School and Chairman of the Kingswood Village Community Association.

He is survived by his wife Janet, his three children William, Peter and Sarah and 11 grandchildren.

There will be a Thanksgiving service held on the 5th of December at St Marks Church, Reigate at 2.45pm.

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