A high-flying manager at Howorth Air Technology has been elected as a fellow of professional body the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management.
Mike Dunne has become one of just 379 fellows of IHEEM worldwide.
A fellowship is the highest status awarded to members of IHEEM, which helps to promote best practice among healthcare engineers and facilities managers and support the advancement of the industry.
Mike, 36, who has worked at clean air technology company Howorth since 2009, has been an IHEEM member since 2018. To achieve fellowship status, he had to undergo rigorous assessments to demonstrate his knowledge, professional capabilities and industry experience.
Howorth, which has its headquarters in Bolton and a facility at Raven Locks in Little Hulton, Salford, designs, manufactures and assembles ultra clean air equipment for use in operating theatres, and for the pharma, biotechnology and life science industries.
The company, which turns over more than £20m a year, employs more than 130 staff in total across its operations in the UK and the United States.
Mike, who lives in Bolton, joined Howorth as a newly-qualified electrical engineer and became a team leader before being promoted to his current role as a service and aftersales technical manager in the company’s medical division, leading an eight-strong team.
He has helped to deliver scores of medical projects for Howorth across the UK, Ireland, North America and the Middle East.
Mike was the driving force behind Howorth’s launch of CPD-accredited monthly ventilation training workshops for healthcare professionals, consultants and engineers involved in delivering operating theatres and infection prevention and control facilities, and he hosts the sessions. He also hosts specialist webinars for global audiences, and speaks at industry conferences.
In addition to being a fellow of IHEEM, Mike is a member of the Specialist Ventilation for Healthcare Society and the Institute of Engineering and Technology, an associate member of the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers, and a licet member of the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers.
He holds incorporated engineer status from the Engineering Council and aims to work towards becoming a chartered engineer. Mike graduated with a degree in building services and sustainable engineering from the University of Central Lancashire earlier this year.
IHEEM fellows, who are typically senior professionals in the sector, must hold a first degree and be registered with the Engineering Council, as well as having years of professional experience.
Mike said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be accepted as a fellow at IHEEM. Our industry is something of which I am extremely proud to be a part of, and IHEEM sits at the forefront of driving improvements.
“I’m so grateful to our managing director Jim Liptrot for giving me the opportunity to continue my training and education at Howorth. The company has been tremendously supportive, and sponsored me through university.
“I’ve been encouraged on every step of my professional journey, and enjoy providing opportunities for members of my team to develop their careers too.”
He said he intends using his fellowship status to support his drive for change in the industry around reducing emissions and increasing knowledge across the healthcare engineering sector.
Jim Liptrot said: “At Howorth, we are committed to providing every employee with opportunities to learn and develop in their role.
“Mike has made the most of his opportunities and is now reaping the rewards for his dedication to continued professional development. Becoming a fellow of IHEEM is a richly-deserved accolade.”