Introducing the judges…

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  Posted by: electime      14th August 2019

We are delighted to announce our brilliant panel of Judges for the 2019 Electrical Industry Awards. The judges will be meeting in the next couple of weeks to go over all the entries we have received and to decide who will become a finalist. Well done to everybody who sent over entries over the past few months – we wish you all the best! Decisions will be announced at a black tie event, held on Thursday 24 October at the Royal Gardens Hotel, Kensington.

Helen Atkinson – Director of Member Services, ECA

Helen Atkinson, ECA Director of Member Services, oversees ECA’s regional and member services teams, as well as IT and Digital development. Previously, Helen worked for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) as Director of Strategy and Communications, and prior to that, she was Director of Client Services for CORGI. She is also a Trustee of the Gas Safety Trust and Chair of its Marketing Committee.“I’ve judged the ET’s Marketing Initiative, Electrical App and Distributor Awards for the last 5 years. When reviewing entries for these categories I look for innovative approaches, clear outlines of how customer experiences or sales have been improved and details of how their activity helped meet their organisation’s objectives.”

Darren Staniforth – Group senior technical presenter, NICEIC

Starting out as an apprentice electrician years ago before moving in to further education as a college lecture, Darren Staniforth is now group senior technical presenter for NICEIC & ELECSA. Darren leads the NICEIC & ELECSA events team and develops and delivers all technical content to those with a need to know how to be safe with electrical systems, across the UK. Darren also represents the group on a number of internal and external technical panels and committees ensuring compliance and safety are paramount. Darren says: In all the years I have been involved in the judging it has been great to see so many fantastic ideas that will make electricians lives easier. I only wish they were invented whilst I was on the tools!”

Simon Cook – Head of Sales, The Lighting Industry Association (LIA)

A new addition to the judging panel this year, Simon, head of sales at the LIA, supports manufacturers, importers, distributors and lighting professionals in training, compliance, testing, WEEE and all aspects of technical support. Having taken over the judging role from his colleague Peter Hunt, who was a valuable member of the panel for many years, Simon says: “The LIA is always keen to play it’s part with the wider industry, so when Peter Hunt, COO was unable to join the judging panel I was over the moon to be presented with the opportunity to step in to his shoes. With this being my first judging role, I hope I can fill them. I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow judges and sharing in the experience.”

Frank Bertie – Group technical officer, NAPIT

Frank Bertie, NAPIT chief technical officer and trade association chairman has been an integral part of the electrical industry for over three decades. Initially starting out in the Scottish electrical contracting business, Frank moved to London in the late 80s to specialise in inspection and testing. As one of the founding members of NAPIT, Frank sits on a wide range of influential industry committees including JPEL/64 BS 7671, Electrical Safety Roundtable, Electrical Industry Forum, IET, BSI. Frank says: “My time as a judge for the Electrical Times has been a rewarding experience where the wealth of innovation is encouraging for the bright future for all those within the electrical industry.”

Steve  Brawley – Chief executive, Joint Industry Board (JIB)

Steve Brawley became chief executive of JIB, an organisation that sets the standards for employment, welfare, grading and apprentice training in the electrical contracting industry, in 2009. He previously worked for the Electrical Contractors’ Association as an Employee Relations Adviser and has over 40 years experience in the sector. Having been involved with the Electrical Industry Awards for a number of years, Steve is a key part of the judging panel. He says: “I always enjoy judging at the Electrical Industry Awards because our industry is so creative and positive, and it is a privilege to review high quality entries across the various categories.”