Founded in 1901, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) is the UK’s leading trade association representing the interests of contractors who design, install, inspect, test and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and services.
The ECA has three clear aims:
1.To provide a comprehensive, first-class range of tools and expert support services to our 3,000+ Registered Members. Our members range from local contractors to national building services organisations and collectively have an annual turnover of more than £5 billion, employ over 30,000 operatives and support 8,000 apprentices in craft training.
- Find out about the benefits of becoming a Registered Member here.
- Find out why you should choose ECA Registered Members here.
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2. To work with regulatory bodies, government and opinion formers to build an efficient and sustainable industry, based on high standards of training and practice. Through representation and lobbying, the ECA actively leads on key issues including safety, training, qualification and technological development.
- Find out more about our work with industry partners here.
- Find out more about our work with industry partners and our lobbying agenda here.
3. To form strategic relationships with those who specify electrical work to enhance the profile and promote the use of Registered Members of all sizes, improving their profit potential.
In addition, the ECA has a subsidiary company, Electrical Contractors Insurance Company (ECIC), which is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Services Authority. ECIC provides insurance products which meet the particular needs of contractors and affinity groups across the UK electrical engineering and building services sector.
The ECA employs over 140 staff across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They are headed by the ECA President, who is appointed by ECA Council made up of key industry representatives, and the Group Chief Executive Officer:
Paul McNaughton, ECA President 2012-13
Capping a long and varied career, starting as an apprentice electrician and rising through the ranks to become Managing Director at member company Darke and Taylor, Paul is the 99th President of the ECA.
His Presidency follows years of involvement with the ECA since Darke & Taylor joined in 1976. In this time, Paul has served as Chair of the Oxford Branch and is an active member of the ECA’s Education and Training and Employee Relations Committees. Paul sits on the national board of the JIB and is the Chair of the London and South East RJIB.
Read Paul's full profile for more information.
Steve Bratt, ECA Group Chief Executive Officer
Steve was appointed ECA Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2010, having joined as Chief Operating Officer in 2007 from Magna Housing Group where he was Group Business Development Director and MD of Charter Ltd and Affordable Homes UK.
Prior to his time with Magna, he was Group Commercial Director with CORGI, where he was recognised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as one of Britain’s top 200 businessmen in 2002 and 2003. Steve is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is also Chairman of the Certsure LLP Board of Directors.
Read Steve’s full profile for more information.
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Annual Reviews highlight the various achievements that have taken place within the organisation over the past year.
ECA Annual Review for 2011 Download
ECA Annual Review for 2010 Download