Chris honoured by Queen for work on ventilators
A RESIDENT from Westbury-on-Trym has been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Babock employee, Chris Spicer, has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the Covid-19 response. Back in March, Chris and his colleagues took up the urgent challenge from the government to build ventilators for the NHS in the fight against the virus.
Chris, a former Babock graduate, had no prior medical knowledge and no experience of building ventilators. However, as project leader he was able to form a small team that produced a clinical grade ventilator within 60 days, as well as devise a supply chain solution from scratch so that it could be rolled out.
Creating the Zephyr Plus involved the team working through nights and weekends in order to meet a range of challenges and changes in clinical requirements, design specifications and deadlines. The aim of the project was to deliver 10,000 ventilators within 100 days, something which would normally take up to two and a half years to complete.
Speaking about the recognition and the project, Chris told the Henleaze and Westbury Voice: “It's an honour to have been awarded the BEM. Even though it's an individual award, this recognition once again shines a light on the amazing effort of our whole team in getting a working ventilator produced in such a short space of time.
“I'll never forget the level of engagement and commitment of everyone in the project, all because they wanted to do the right thing and answer the country's call to save lives. We would never have achieved what we did without everyone’s personal contribution and the sacrifices that were made, so thank you once again to all involved.”