John Veness, general manager of ITT’s Goulds Pumps brand’s operations in the U.K., was presented the British Pump Manufacturers’ Assn.’s (BPMA) Lifetime Achievement Award for “significant and consistent contribution to the pump industry over the duration of his working career.” He was recognized at the organization’s annual gala, held at the Chesford Grange, Warwickshire, U.K.
Veness has spent his entire career in the pump industry, beginning as an engineer trainee at HMD Sealless Pumps and progressing to managing director of the organization, where he served for nearly 40 years. He later established his own energy consulting company before joining ITT in 2009.
“We’re pleased to see John’s achievements recognized, and proud to have him on our team,” said James Hamilton, vice president of ITT Industrial Process Europe, Middle East, Africa and Global Aftermarket. “He epitomizes the technical capability and customer-service ethic we value in our organization.”
In addition to his professional duties, Veness has served two terms as BPMA president and is currently a director of the organization and chairman of the Europump Marketing Commission. In presenting the award, the BPMA noted that he “has been extremely influential in the pump industry for nearly half a century.”
John Veness (center) accepts the British Pump Manufacturers’ Assn’s Lifetime Achievement Award from BPMA President Andy Ratcliffe (right) and Helen Fospero, noted television and radio broadcaster.