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.
Anne Ferguson (Chair)
Anne Ferguson joined the Board in 2015. Her working life at the national standards body, BSI, the consumer magazine Which? and as an independent consultant, has drawn on her education in ergonomics and her interest in consumer affairs, particularly the areas of safety and accessibility. Anne is a former Chair of Council of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and 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 is a former Trustee of the UK Child Accident Prevention Trust.
Alison Parkes (Deputy Chair)
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.
Bryn Walker (Past 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.
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.
Paul's experience spans sales, marketing, operational and general management roles during 25 years in B2C, B2B and B2G technology industry organisations, including Sharp and Sony Electronics.
Paul has led the UK introduction of many technology milestones that have delivered the analogue to digital technology transition of the past three decades. Paul’s current role is as a Director of techUK, the UK’s leading technology trade association, and involves working in partnership with members, Government and stakeholders to shape and lead the future of the UK technology industry and the application of UK based tech.
Paul is also a Governor of Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust and an active member of British Cycling’s UK racing scene.
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.
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.
Adam started his career at Dixons Stores Group in 1996, where he gained a solid retail grounding through a variety of service and marketing roles. In 2001 h moved to Sony to lead the nascent digital photography business, which grew four-fold in three years and culminated in Adam winning the Sony Marketer Of The Year Award in 2004. Following a range of sales, marketing and strategy roles culminating in membership of the UK Leadership Team, in 2013 Adam moved to Samsung to lead the development of European retail partnerships. Having risen to Head of Division, Adam took the leap from corporate life in the summer of 2017 to join Enjoy Technology, who are transforming the way consumers experience new technology.