06 Nov Peter Bird FBICSc Obituary
We are saddened to announce the recent passing of a past BICSc Chairman with an infectious professionalism and enthusiasm for the Cleaning Industry with vast experience; “an asset to everyone he worked with.”
Peter’s career in the cleaning industry, superseded by a time with Wall’s ice cream, began in the early 1970’s with Lever Industrial Ltd where he served as a Technical Services Manager and an Environmental Health Officer providing technical services, advice and help with cleaning/disinfection operations, food safety in food manufacturing, hotels, catering, hospitals and off-shore oil operations. He was an advocate of the development of products which could clean and disinfect in one stage, whereas the traditional way had been to clean then sanitise as a two-stage process. Peter was instrumental in developing the still widely used product; Titan Sanitiser SU35 and provide a significant contribution to the business.
Following an acquisition, Peter continued to work as Technical Business Unit Manager (latterly Group Training Manager) for JohnsonDiversey Ltd. From the turn of the century, he provided technical advice and consultancy support as a Fellow and Life Member of the CIEH and author of various manuals in the food safety arena.
Peter served as National Chairman of BICSc 1992 – 1994 and was instrumental in the reshaping and reorganisation of the Institute on the road towards its current success. He then served as Chairman of British Cleaning Council 1996 – 1999; he provided expertise as a judge for Clean Britain Awards for many years and received the Institute’s highest accolade as the Sholom Gordon winner in 2000.
Personally, he will be remembered as one of the industry’s real ‘social animals’ and as well as enjoying food and drink, he could be found at a piano tinkling the ivories for as long as anyone would listen or with his guitar strumming out a few chords.
He is survived by his wife Rosemary, sons Mathew and Russell and grandchildren Luke and Lara.
Peter will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Peter Bird, FBICSc
December 1943 d. October 2017 (age 73)