Electrical Safety First is governed by a Board of Trustees who have a vast range of experience and interest in electrical safety. They are responsible for setting the strategic goals of the charity to ensure that it fulfils its consumer safety mission, adheres to principles of good governance and remains true to its values.
Diane Johnson (Chair)
Diane Johnson is highly recognised as a leading voice of small and micro enterprises in the electrical contracting industry and a robust commentator on skills, apprenticeships and industry issues. Diane marked a historic milestone, in April 2010, when she was elected as the first female president of the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA). She is currently the ECA’s Skills Ambassador, Board Member of National Electrotechnical and Chairperson of the Education Training Committee for the ECA. Diane is the financial director of Eric Johnson of Northwich Ltd and a past director of SummitSkills. She became a Trustee in 2011.
Bryn Walker (Acting Chair)
Bryn Walker is a building services consulting engineer with over 40 years experience in the construction industry and has been a Trustee of the Electrical Safety Council since 2001. He is currently the Deputy Chairman. Bryn is also a Director of Fraser Walker Associates, Building Services Consulting Engineers, Oxford.
Steve Bratt is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Electrical Contractors’ Association. Steve’s career includes a number of senior positions in companies within the building services and wider construction industry. He also has experience of non-executive roles having operated as a non-executive director and chairman with companies involved with property construction. Steve holds an MBA, is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He became a Trustee in 2010.
Paul has been involved in the electrical industry for nearly 40 years in various positions from Electrical Apprentice to Managing Director and owner of his own Panelbuilding firm. He is currently the Technical and Commercial Manager for Schneider Electric UK Ltd , based in Telford, and the Chair of BEAMA’s Industrial and Single Phase Product Group, covering domestic wiring accessories, consumer units and three phase switchgear.
Paul is a STEM Ambassador for Shropshire and Staffordshire , working with schools and colleges in the area on engineering projects and promoting engineering subjects, in particular engineering apprenticeships.
He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology ( IET )
Andy has recently completed a successful six year stint with the national body for Home Improvement Agencies (which operates under the Foundations banner). For the first five years he had been the national body’s director; and after giving that up in July 2015 he took over as interim chief officer of the charitable arm of Foundations
Prior to this he held a succession of leadership roles, mostly in the private sector, driving the design, development and successful funding and delivery of services and support for vulnerable/low income households – often working locally in partnership with a mix of public and third sector providers.
He holds a diploma in marketing alongside internationally recognised accreditations in the world of banking, where Andy had worked for Barclays, honing his management skills and capabilities in strategic and large corporate account director roles. He left Barclays in 2003 after completing just over 26 years with the organisation
Andy is also a trustee of the national spinal injuries charity, Aspire and the Islington based health and wellbeing charity, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust (where he is also Chair-designate).
David Dossett is a chartered engineer with experience in the electricity supply industry, the oil industry and 20 years experience in international standardisation. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board and has been a Trustee since 2001. David has served on several other boards including ASTA BEAB Certification Services Ltd and ORGALIME. He is also President of CENELEC, the European Electro-technical Standards Body. David has a BSc. In Electrical Engineering and is a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
Anne is retiring from her role as Consumer & Public Interest Manager, British Standards Institution at the end of July.
Anne Ferguson has managed the Consumer & Public Interest Unit (CPIU), which sits within the Standards Policy Department of BSI, since 2007. The CPIU aims to increase awareness of, and participation in, standardization by consumer and related organizations such as those working in the area of safety, accessibility or sustainability.
Before BSI, Anne was an independent consumer and ergonomics consultant, for many years, with specific interest in the area of safety, in particular child safety. She has project managed several European Commission-funded, multi-country studies, including co-ordination of safety inspections and compilation of existing research and preparation of related consumer leaflets. She has worked on safety-related projects for a number of organizations, including BEUC, Child Accident Prevention Trust, ICRT and National Playing Fields Association. In previous employment, at the consumer magazine, Which?, Anne researched and authored reports across a wide range of topics, including, for example, Safety in the Home and was, for many years, the lead project manager for testing reports on a range of domestic appliances, which included assessments for electrical and other safety amongst the ratings.
A Registered member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Anne is a former Chair of Council of this professional association and was awarded the Paul Branton Meritorious Service Award. She is a past Chair of the Services Working group of ANEC, the European voice of consumers in standardization, and the Consumer Participation & Training working group of ISO COPOLCO (Consumer Policy Committee of ISO). She has held previous roles as Non-Executive Director of a community & mental health trust, school governor and lay inspector of schools, care homes, doctors and pharmacies. She is currently a Trustee of the UK Child Accident Prevention Trust (since December 2014).
Ron Gainsford has been Chief Executive of the Trading Standards Institute since February 2002. His professional background is in trading standards and local government with broad experience across a variety of local authorities and in UK, EU and international regulation of trading standards and associated consumer protection issues. He was made a Fellow of the Institute in 1999 for his services to trading standards and awarded the OBE in 2010 for services to consumers and to business. He was given freedom of the City of London in 2008 and is a member of the World Traders livery company.
Newell McGuiness is a qualified electrical engineer with over 30 years experience in the electrical installation industry. He has been Managing Director of SELECT, the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland since 2004. His qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management and an Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. Newell has been a Trustee since 2004.
Alison Parkes is an award-winning public relations and communications strategist. For more than 20 years she has planned and executed campaigns for commercial clients and trade organisations in the building and construction industry. She has also worked with public safety bodies to raise consumer awareness and drive behavioural change. Alison is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. She became a trustee in 2012.
Nick was a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector until April this year with experience in a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment and product supply. He has been responsible, directly and indirectly, for investigation and enforcement including multiple fatalities and crown court prosecutions. Strategic level engagement with industry trade associations, other regulators, government departments, other EU member state regulators. Author of HSE guidance and training material.
Charles Tanswell is a Chartered Electrical and Building Services Engineer with over 40 years experience related to electrical & mechanical installations. He is the Chairman of the Council and has been a Trustee since 2001. Charles is also Chairman of the Council's Technical Committee. He represents the Society of Electrical & Mechanical Engineers serving Local Government (SCEME) on several national bodies including the UK Wiring Regulations Committee (JPEL/64) and the Electro-technical Assessment Specification.
Bill Wright is an independent consultant on energy and sustainability matters. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and has been a Trustee for over 8 years. He is also on the Institution of Electrical Engineers committee which produces the IET Wiring Regulations. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Summitskills, a Sector Skills Council promoting Building Services. Bill has an MA in Engineering from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.