Renowned demolition expert Richard Vann honoured with prestigious IDE fellowship
In a momentous recognition of his dedication and contribution to the demolition industry, Richard Vann, founder and managing director of RVA Group, has been granted the esteemed title of Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Demolition Engineers (IDE). The announcement, made on behalf of the IDE Membership Committee, is a testament to Vann’s four decades of unwavering commitment to both safety and excellence in the field.
Effective from 10 November 2023, Vann will be entitled to a lifetime membership with the Institute, and can proudly append the initials Hon.FIDE after his name.
Upon receiving the news, Vann elaborated on the significance of the award: “To be acknowledged by one of my peers is deeply humbling. This fellowship is not just a recognition of my work, but a testament to the dedicated team at RVA Group — reflecting our collective commitment to elevating safety and quality standards in the demolition industry. After 40 years in the space, this award will rank among my career highlights. I feel immensely proud.”
Recognising a void in decommissioning project management, Richard Vann’s brainchild, RVA Group, sought to place greater emphasis on end-of-life processes. He saw that, while construction projects were meticulously planned and executed, decommissioning works were often relegated to the background, marked by inadequate resources, insufficient training, and dangerously tight schedules and budgets.
Assembling a team of engineers and project managers — each a leader in their respective disciplines — he has since led the charge to help redefine standards for complex project handling. At the core of RVA’s operations lies an unwavering principle: the safety and wellbeing of every individual involved. Vann’s dedication to ensuring that every colleague returns home safely every day has become the guiding light of RVA Group.
Under Vann’s leadership, the global consultancy has successfully completed over 900 assignments worldwide, including front-end engineering and decommissioning projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia more recently. Collaborations with major brands include BASF, INEOS, Engie, ConocoPhillips and GSK.
Vann’s visionary approach has not only reshaped industry standards but has also garnered international acclaim. His hat trick appointment to the British Demolition Awards’ judging panel this year further demonstrates his influential role in shaping the future of the sector. The Institute of Demolition Engineers hosted a presentation ceremony at this year’s Annual Luncheon on 10 November, where Vann was presented with his certificate as an Honorary Fellow.