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Robert Glen receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Glen, former chairman and MD of EP Barrus, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s European Commercial Marine Awards evening.

Robert been involved in the marine industry for more than 65 years.

Amongst his many achievements are the marine support given to the first expedition to trace the Blue Nile from its source in 1968; engineering the first propellor-driven boat to reach over 100mhp (helmed by Bill Shakespeare) in 1970 on Lake Windermere; and introducing the first ‘dial up’ multi-franchise parts system for the marine industry.

Robert has helped build Barrus into the marine engineering company that it is today.

He has worked closely with the British military since the early 1960s, designing patented marine technologies to assist their missions.

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His foresights and investment decisions have created one of the largest marine engineering facilities in Europe, working on thousands of engines a year.

Robert, through Barrus, has supported generations of marine dealers across the UK and Ireland.

In his acceptance speech, Robert thanked the whole team at Barrus who have contributed so much to the marine industry and Barrus’ success.

In particular, Robert thanked Ben Allen, head of marine, David Etherington-Smith, sales manager, special products and ‘his friend’ Mark Coleman, with whom he has worked for more than 30 years.

He also paid tribute to his wife of 55 years, Penelope and Andrew Webster of Mercator Media who created the Seawork exhibition which hosted the awards.


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