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  • David Kieft became ECA President in May 2016, having previously been senior vice president for two years. David is highly regarded throughout the industry as an innovative businessperson, a strong advocate of business interests in Wales, and an active vocational trainer within the electrical engineering sector.

    Having started his career as an electrical apprentice, David now runs three building engineering firms - RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services, DRS Facilities Management, and EFT Energy Consultants. All three of David’s engineering firms are registered ECA members.

    David’s first steps on the career ladder included working in local government, and in the private sector for Crown House Engineering, and the How Group. In 1988 David became one of the founders of RDM Electrical Services Ltd, which he bought six years later alongside a business partner.

  • Malcolm Crofts was born in 1959. Just a year later, his father founded D.H Crofts Ltd - an electrical firm based in Surrey. In 1975, Malcolm left school to join the family electrical business.

    Malcolm served his apprenticeship at Crawley College in West Sussex, working on the tools for 15 years before moving into the office to take on the day-to-day running of the business.

    When his father retired in 2000, Malcolm and his wife Pauline took over the company, with Pauline as Finance Director and Malcolm as Managing Director.

    The company joined the ECA in the early seventies and have been active members ever since. Malcolm has held various official roles at the ECA, and is the current ECA Vice President.

  • Mike Smith became the ECA’s Senior Vice President in May 2016, having been Vice President for one year prior to that. He had held numerous other roles with the ECA since becoming directly involved back in 1999.

    Born near Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East, Mike is the son of an architect who worked for construction firm Taylor Woodrow. Mike followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the construction industry as an electrical apprentice straight from school just before his 16th birthday. Mike’s JIB electrical apprenticeship was with R & I Harrison in Leeds, which resulted in him gaining Approved Electrician status.

    Following a secondment with Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), Mike was offered a permanent position by SES as an estimator. He has held a variety of commercial roles at SES over a 25 year period, and is currently the firm’s Estimating and Sector Director. Mike has worked on projects totalling tens of millions of pounds, and has helped the firm grow its turnover significantly.

  • Andy Basham became the 101st President of the ECA in 2014, capping a long and varied career with ECA member companies, Arthur Ford and Owen & Palmer Limited. As of May 2016, Andy is the ECA’s Immediate Past President.

    Starting out as an apprentice electrician at Arthur Ford in 1968, Andy rose through the ranks to become director.  In 1973, Arthur Ford purchased a company in Bangor, North Wales, and Andy was transferred to the new group company, Owen & Palmer Limited.  In 2004, Andy bought Owen & Palmer, consequently becoming managing director. 

    Arthur Ford has been a member of the association since the 1960s.  During this time, Andy has served as chairman of the North Wales Training Group, council member and chairman of the North West REC (Regional Executive Committee), chairman of North Wales ECA branch and is a member of the North West Regional JIB. 

  • Steve was appointed ECA Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2010, having previously served as Deputy CEO from February 2010.  Steve joined the ECA from Magna Housing Group where he was Group Business Development Director and MD of Charter Ltd and Affordable Homes UK. 

    Steve’s career consists of senior positions, both executive and non-executive, centred around the building services and construction sectors including a number of non-executive chairman’s roles within property development companies.  Prior to his time with Magna, he was Group Commercial Director with CORGI and MD of CORGI Services Ltd 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 a Non-Executive Director of numerous industry bodies including Build UK, JTL, Electrical Safety First, the JIB, the Electrical Industries Charity and EC Insurance Group.  He is also Chairman of Certsure LLP.

  • Paul Reeve joined the ECA in 2002, and has since held various senior policy and business roles within the organisation. Paul’s role as ECA Director of Business and External Affairs includes commercial, legal, public relations and public affairs. Paul has an extensive track record in public affairs and media relations, having held senior roles at the Engineering Employers Federation and Chemical Industries Association.

    Paul has previously also worked for Shell and ICI, and is a fellow of both IOSH and IEMA. He is currently on the advisory board of the certification body BM Trada, and is Acting Chairman of SSIP.

  • Helen became ECA’s director of member services in September 2014 and is responsible for the regional teams, marketing, member services and also the ECS contact and administration centre.

    Previously, Helen worked for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) where she was director of strategy and communications. Prior to that, she was director of client services at CORGI and membership services director at BTS.

  • Martyn was appointed ECA Group Finance Director in 2010. He first joined the Association back in 1988 as an Accountant for the employee benefits division, and then progressed to become Financial Controller for the Association and also General Manager of the Benefits Division. In 2005 with new financial service regulations coming into force, he became the Managing Director of EC Insurance Services Limited which then went through the process to become the regulated body for managing the employee benefits provision.

    Prior to joining the Association he was involved with a sports sponsorship company and also gained extensive post qualification accounting and auditing experience with the firm he trained with as an articled clerk as far back as 1971. That firm was first called Hill Vellacott and following various mergers it is now known as Moore Stephens.

    Martyn is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also a non-executive director of numerous subsidiary/associated and affiliated companies and Secretary for the Association and the ECA Pension Scheme.

  • Alex Meikle was appointed Director of Employment and Skills in April 2014, having previously served as Head of Employee Relations since April 2000. This followed a career in industrial relations and health and safety with major contractors in the engineering and construction industry.

    Alex’s career has involved the negotiation of major collective agreements, such as NAECI and JIB. In recent years, he has been appointed a Trustee of the JIB and is a member of the JIB National Board.

    He is a director of JTL, the industry’s largest training charity, NET and the BlueSky pension scheme (previously known as the JIB pension scheme).

    Alex is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Responsible for the ECA’s Technical Department, Steve ensures relevant and practical advice and support is given regarding all technical areas of work, notably fire and security, home technology and building automation.

    With an established industry background, Steve has firsthand experience within contracting and the challenges faced when embracing emerging technologies as additional revenue streams.

  • Bill Wright is Head of Energy Solutions at the ECA, where he provides advice and guidance on energy efficiency installations and renewables as part of the ECA’s technical team.

    Prior to joining the ECA, Bill worked for the John Lewis Partnership as Corporate Energy and Environment Manager, and has lectured at South Bank University.

  • Carolyn joined ECA in June 2014 as Head of Education and Training. Prior to this she worked for 23 years in pharmaceuticals manufacturing in various roles with a global remit, followed by 5 years working with automotive and aerospace companies across the UK on skills projects and funding applications. She is also a trustee of the industry charity, NET.

  • Andy joined the ECA from Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years where he was Membership Services Manager responsible for the 35,000 members of the organisation. 

    Andy’s 14 years in customer service has seen him work in Financial Services, Charity and Utility Services, with a set focus on customer service and identifying procedural improvements to enhance the customer journey. 

  • Farhaan joined the ECA as Head of Marketing in April 2015. He is responsible for all aspects of the ECA online and offline marketing strategy with a focus on building a strong ECA brand presence across our industry. He manages a team which implements proactive and forward-thinking tactics that enable the ECA to attract both new Member businesses and Associates.

    Farhaan and his team work closely with all ECA business functional areas and regions, to ensure that existing Members and Associates are fully aware and making maximum use of the many value-adding services and benefits offered by the ECA.

    Farhaan has nearly 20 years professional marketing experience and has held senior positions across a variety of sectors including commercial and residential property/construction, technology and financial services.

  • Mike joined the ECA in 2015 with a remit for PR and public affairs, having previously worked abroad as a broadcast journalist and communications consultant for three years.

    Prior to that, Mike was a senior PR and media adviser for a major UK trade association. He has also worked as a parliamentary researcher for an MP, and in communications for two political research organisations.

    Mike is a member of both the CIPR and PRCA.

  • Phil joined the ECA in 2005 and is responsible for Human Resources in the ECA Group.

    Prior to joining the Association Phil worked for Air Products PLC, a global industrial gases and chemicals manufacturer in a number of senior HR generalist roles, both in the UK and overseas. This followed several years working in industrial relations with a major contractor in the UK engineering and construction industry.

  • Phil Joined the ECA in 2016 as Health and Safety Manager, in the Business and External Affairs department, having previously worked for IOSH as a senior policy and technical advisor, where he helped produce guidance for 40,000 members, lobbying politicians, delivering talks at national and international meetings to small and large companies. Phil has also participated in regulatory workshops helping to form new guidance and policy. 

    Prior to that Phil has extensive experience in the public and private sector working in the pharmaceutical, aviation and finance industries as well as with universities. Phil also has experience as a health and safety consultant. This diverse range of experience across specialists areas within health and safety gives Phil a broad perspective and what advantages health and safety can offer.

    Phil is a chartered member of IOSH and a member of the ISO, 45001 working committee.  

  • Richard Giddings is a Technical Manager at the ECA.

    He is a senior technical electrical engineering professional, with a long-standing profile in the practical, hands-on aspects of electrical engineering and building services sector, having completed a time served installation apprenticeship, engineering drawing office apprenticeship, and worked in both the design and installation fields of the industry.

    For the last 13 years he has worked for the ECA and its associated companies as a technical assessor, author and support engineer. Prior to that his years were spent predominantly in client- side consultancy and contracting roles.

    An electrical power and lighting engineer by background, Richard has worked equally across all three sectors of domestic, commercial and industrial electrical engineering.

    He has over 30 years work experience in all manner of projects, ranging from dwellings, schools and higher education, retail and leisure, commerce as well as heavy industry.

    He is a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, an associate member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and registered with the UK Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer.

    Richard believes that engineers should above all be practitioners of solid practical engineering merit, and strive to achieve end results which are straight forward to install, work on, maintain and operate, whilst also offering the necessary attributes of safety, efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Steve joined the association in 1998 and has overseen many changes in regard to systems used with the group. He manages a small team from the Sevenoaks office, who run the day to day IT operations, as well as the development team who look after the systems and websites that are used to support membership activities.

    Having worked in the IT industry for many years, Steve has managed IT environments across a number of sectors, ranging from insurance, publishing and certification through to trade and membership bodies.

    Steve works closely with all the companies within the ECA family and is currently the chairman to the ECA staff pension scheme.