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Memorial Service for Birmingham business leader David Bucknall

Memorial Service for Birmingham business leader David Bucknall

🕔18.Sep 2015

A Memorial Service for one of Birmingham’s leading business figures has been announced. David Bucknall, who died earlier this year, will be remembered and celebrated on Friday 23rd October at 11.00 am at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Birmingham.

In a fitting move for the man who project managed the construction of the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall, a lunch reception will follow the service in Hall 4 of the ICC.

David Bucknall OBE stepped down as chair of global practice Rider Levett Bucknall in 2012 after a 50 year career. He turned Bucknall Austin – which also worked on the development of ITV Central’s Central Court in Gas Street – into an international property and construction firm with 3,500 people across 120 offices.

Bucknall was a Trustee of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Board and founded and chaired the Birmingham Community Foundation charity (BCF) which distributed grants to local community grass roots projects. He chaired the RICS Global Construction and Quantity Surveying Board, a role that recognised his significant contribution to the global profession.

The chartered quantity surveyor was passionate about supporting young people into careers in the construction industry. As well as the OBE, he was honoured with two degrees from universities in the region.

A successful sportsman as well as one in business, Bucknall was still playing for Moseley Rugby first team in his 40s. The committed Wolves fan was also a multiple marathon runner. He died after falling from his bike in the Warwickshire countryside whilst training for an Ironman event.

Mr Bucknall lived near Stratford upon Avon, leaving a widow Moya, two daughters Julia and Lucy, four grandchildren and a sister, Margaret.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service and lunch, says the Bucknall family. They will be delighted to see people who knew and worked with David.

To assist with catering numbers, if you plan to attend the Memorial Service please email Joanne Lowe in the Office of Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham: joanne@digbylordjones.com

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