David George Eastwood CEng FIMMM (Obit)

Fellows' Lounge
1 Apr 2010
David Eastwood

David Eastwood CEng FIMMM was born in Nottingham in 1937 and died in February 2010. He was a Chartered Engineer and gained Euro Engineer status.

He attended Ellis School for Boys before taking up a student apprenticeship at Brush Transformers in Loughborough. He spent his whole working life, an impressive 46 years, with the company.


Developing flameproof equipment

Recognising that flameproof equipment was needed to cope with the growth of mechanisation in mining, he was instrumental in designing the first British certified flameproof transformer, working closely on this with the then National Coal Board and the Health & Safety Executive.

In 1971, David saw the potential for using the new Brush flameproof equipment in mining activities throughout the world, bringing with it the opportunity to increase business for the company. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit as part of the NatWest Young Exporter Awards.

In 1983, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the company, David was appointed to the Board as Director of Mining. He continued being instrumental in the development of flameproof equipment. In the early 1990s, he was appointed Technical Director.


Career development

David was a stalwart member of the Association of British Mining Companies (ABMEC) and served as Chairman of its Electrical Group. He was part of the former Department of Trade and Industry Delegations and ABMEC Missions to South Africa, South America, Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea and Russia. He presented many technical papers at mining institutes, trade missions and conferences, but his involvement with China was dearest to his heart. Dating back to the early 1970s, David was one of the first British pioneer businessmen to visit China, at a time when the doors were only just opening to technology from overseas.

His other enthusiasm was for his professional Institution. During the early part of his involvement in mining in the early 1960s, he became a member of the South Midlands Branch of the former Institution of Mining Electrical and Mining Mechanical Engineers (IMEMME). He was active on its Committee and served as President in 1974-75.

For a number of years David was Honorary Overseas Secretary, and as such he was able to support sub-branches in several countries. The biggest accolade the Institution could bestow on him was National President, which he held in 1994. Following subsequent mergers to become part of IOM3, David maintained active membership of his local society, which became the South Midlands Mining and Minerals Institute, serving as its President for the three years up to his death.

He will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues.