Electrical Product Safety Conference 2021

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th November 2021



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Now in it’s 13th year, the Electrical Product Safety Conference brings together experts and leaders from across the industry to explore critical issues, solutions and insight in safer electrical products – from conception, through manufacture and production to sale.

We encourage our speakers not only to share their best practice cases, but also to look to the future on upcoming developments the electrical product sector.

If you want to future-proof your business, get feedback about your ideas from fellow professionals and meet potential clients - you are in the right place to do it.

This is a must-attend event for designers, retailers, manufacturers, product testing houses, regulators, trading standards, Government bodies and safety experts.

JOIN over 350 leading industry professionals from global retail brands, design, manufacture, import and distribution of electrical goods, lawyers, testing houses, safety experts and government bodies.

LEARN from expert speakers looking at the latest trends, innovations and critical issues in electrical product safety.

SHARE ideas, findings, innovations and knowledge during lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions.

About the conference

The Electrical Product Safety Conference 2021 is the industry-leading conference on the critical issues facing the electrical product sector.

The Electrical Product Safety Conference 2021 investigates key and emerging issues to ensure you have the right skills and capacity to thrive alongside emerging advancements and innovations in the field.

The event explores key themes and trends impacting on consumer safety and the electrical product industry, attracting a wide range of delegates - from government departments to manufacturers, retailers, importers, lawyers and test houses. The wide-lens approach means you hear about the most important emerging issues of the time before we drill down into detail with our experts from across the field to find out how these affect industry and consumers in real life. So wherever you are in the electrical product chain – or beyond – don’t miss it!

This year’s thought-leading event will explore critical topics from sustainability to inclusivity in design, what we need to know now about regulations, connected tech and much more

Over the course of the conference you will hear from industry experts on the challenges ahead, as well as some key solutions being implemented and insights on opportunities for the future.

Through a mix of informative presentations and panel sessions the event provides the perfect opportunity for you to learn and more importantly to share your thoughts with likeminded professionals.


Click here for the agenda.


Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First

Martyn leads the Charity’s electrotechnical team as an impartial centre of excellence for the safety of electrical installations and products - including representing consumer safety interests on a range of British, European and International Committees. Originally trained as an underground electrician with British Coal, he worked in  engineering risk management with Royal and Sun Alliance for 16 years before joining the Electrical Safety Council (the forerunner of Electrical Safety First), in 2006.

He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


Lucy Birt, Acting Head of Energy-related Products Policy at BEIS

Lucy manages the UK’s energy-related products policies at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She led the implementation of new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulations in 2021, which included new repairability and spare part requirements for a range of domestic and non-domestic electrical goods. Her team works to push energy-related products to be more energy- and resource-efficient in order to reduce carbon emissions and save end-users money on their energy bills.


Talia Coroniti, Research Lead at BritainThinks

Talia is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher, with expertise in conducting research on sensitive issues and with hard to reach audiences. Talia has a particular focus on inclusively designed research and involving people in the decisions that affect their lives. Before joining BritainThinks, Talia worked for the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers, where she conducted user-testing research with disabled and older people.

Talia has worked closely with Government and third sector clients during her research career. She has led research for clients including OPSS, the Home Office, Motability and Citizen’s Advice. Talia also has extensive experience in campaign testing and development, user-testing research and research to inform public policy and decision-making.


Stephen Curtler, Product Safety Manager at Electrical Safety First

Steve joined Electrical Safety First in 2005, after holding a number of senior positions in the electrical industry for over 30 years. He is responsible for the product safety activities of the Charity, working in partnership with industry, government, local authorities and other key stakeholders. He also represents the interests of UK consumers on a number of European and national Technical Committees.


Sadie Dainton, Senior Consumer Policy Manager at British Standards Institute

Sadie is responsible for formulating and articulating BSI’s consumer and public interest policy and strategic direction, through outreach and engagement within the UK consumer landscape and leads on policy interactions with UK government on consumer issues.

She manages the BSI’s consumer team, which provides the secretariat to the BSI Consumer Forum and the Consumer and Public Interest Network, the UK consumer voice in standards bsigroup.com/consumers

Sadie represents BSI at COPOLCO, ISO's consumer policy committee, where she is Chair-elect for 2022- 23.

Prior to joining BSI she worked in the consumer movement for more than thirty years, as the senior policy advisor on standards at Consumers International and senior technologist in the test laboratories of the UK’s Consumers Association, Which?


Angie Yanqing Du, Head of Product Compliance Engineering, Devices and Services at Google


Angie leads the global regulatory compliance programs for Google’s consumer hardware products such as Pixel phones, laptops and Nest products. She specializes in product safety as well as EMC, RF, and Environmental compliance requirements. Prior to Google, she was an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University, Managing Consulting Engineer at Exponent Failure Analysis, Co-Founder of the Exponent China office, and Senior Project Engineer at Underwriters Laboratories.

Angie has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Automatic Control from Northwestern Polytechnic University in China where she graduated with honors.


Chris Evans, Product Lead at S2E4 Safety and Energy Consultants Ltd


Chris – an ex-Head of Testing at Which? - combines his professional activities as an international advisor specialising in market surveillance of electrical products with a 40-year career of representing consumers in European and International standards development. Having previously fronted the successful campaign to bring inclusivity requirements into the BS/EN/IEC 60335 family of safety standards, he is now working at the leading edge of bringing sustainability requirements into those same EN and IEC electrical product safety standards.


Stephen James, Lead Engineer - BEIS Office for Product Safety and Standards

As a member of the engineering and technology team, Stephen provides technical advice to support the work of OPSS policy makers and enforcement. This involves commissioning research as part of our Strategic Research Programme where he has led work in future and emerging technology areas including on the impact of artificial intelligence on product safety, the safety of smart domestic appliances and lithium-ion battery safety.

Prior to the Civil Service, Stephen worked in product design and manufacturing at a high-end audio manufacturer.


Dr. John Clark McNulty, Director of Alphabet Core Engineering Solutions

John directs Field Safety, Failure Analysis, Material/Reliability Labs, Data Analytics, and Engineering Quality initiatives across the Device & Service Product Area's portfolio; he and his team provide consulting support to other Google product areas and Bets. 

Prior to Google, John was a Principal Engineer at Exponent, working on reliability & failure analysis issues, expert witness litigation support, and product safety recalls across a broad range of industries.  Previously, he consulted individually and with DfR Solutions as well as managed reliability testing and failure analysis at multiple start-ups (telecommunications devices), Coherent (medical, commercial, and industrial lasers), and Baxter International (implanted medical devices).

John received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his B.S. degree in Materials Science Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is a Certified Reliability Engineer and a licensed Professional Engineer (Mechanical Engineering).


Dr Marion Palmer, Senior Scientist at Hogan Lovells 

Marion has spent over 20 years working with lawyers on scientific matters relevant to their legal practices. She is a founder member of the Science Unit which was formed to streamline the acquisition and processing of scientific evident resulting in a more precise and economical service for clients.

Her experience lies in the identification of the relevant scientific themes in complex matters, recruitment of expert witnesses, analysis of scientific material and briefing lawyers with the information essential to their successful handling of the matter. 

She has considerable experience of coordinating the provision of life sciences scientific material in cases bridging several jurisdictions to ensure consistency and accuracy of scientific argument.

A particular focus of her work related to sustainability and climate change and includes experience of target setting, data collection and methodology verification in relation to carbon emissions and wider sustainability metrics, and evaluation of environmental claims and policies. 

Marion's experience spans a wide range of industries, including life sciences and health care, retail and consumer goods, food and beverages, finance and telecoms.


Lesley Rudd, CEO at Electrical Safety First

Before joining the Charity at the beginning of 2020, Lesley was Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association. She has in-depth commercial and public affairs experience gained in a variety of roles both in-house and in consultancies, internationally and in the UK. Lesley has  led successful campaigns for policy and regulatory changes in the UK and Brussels and has worked on commercial projects around the world with some of the most memorable being in Kazakhstan, the Philippines, the US and Italy.

Lesley is passionate about safety and the environment. Her passion for the environment was rewarded when she was awarded an Order of the British Empire Medal in the 2020 New Year Honours list for ‘Services to UK energy markets and clean growth’.


Lucy Ward, Consultant at Hogan Lovells

Having worked with the firm for over 20 years, Lucy’s career began as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer and subsequently concentrated on product liability litigation and product regulatory compliance. She is a senior lawyer in the Hogan Lovells Global Products team.

Her clients include medical device manufacturers, tech and telecom companies, brewers and tobacco manufacturers. She helped to set up the firms Science Unit recruiting its first scientists and promoting their role to clients.


Steve Williams, HEEST Chairman, World Skills UK Training Manager/Coach & Curriculum Leader Electronic Engineering, Gower College

Steve is responsible for helping to drive the Centre of Excellence’s work in Wales. He supports teaching staff to embed world-class competencies and standards in teaching, learning and assessment. 

Steve has received national recognition as a lecturer; having being highly commended by City and Guilds for his contribution to teaching engineering, was named BTEC Tutor of the Year and was most recently recognised at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference in partnership with FE Week for his outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships.     

Throughout his teaching career, Steve has maintained close links with industry, believing that there needs to be closer collaboration to ensure employer’s training requirements are being met. He is the Chairman of Home Electrical Electronic Servicing Training Forum (HEEST).

He is a judge for the WorldSkills UK national competitions in engineering and the WorldSkills UK Training Manager for Industrial Electronics.

Full list TBC – expect the likes of ministers, government department leaders, manufacturing experts, academics and lawyers.


Interested in event speaking opportunities?

Electrical Safety First’s ‘Electrical Product Safety Conference’ is the leading annual industry event, bringing together experts and leaders to explore critical issues, solutions and insight into safer electrical products – from conception, through manufacture and production to sale.

The conference is attended by designers, retailers, manufacturers, product testing houses, regulators, trading standards, Government bodies and safety experts.

We encourage our speakers not only to share their best practice cases, but also to look to the future on upcoming developments the electrical product sector.

The event is a platform for speakers to share expertise, future-proof their business, get feedback about ideas from fellow professionals and meet potential clients.

If you or anyone you know is interested in speaking at the event please get in touch by emailing ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk



ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization) is the global organization bringing together key players in product safety through three annual meetings each year.  The four-day Annual Symposium in February; one-day North America Training Workshop in June; two-day International Symposium in October.

Each conference’s content is determined by our members & attendees through the submission of proposals reviewed by volunteers as being the most relevant and useful information needed by product safety/health professionals. Our conferences encourage networking and discussion of best practices to assist all safety stakeholders. Global regulators provide updated information on regulatory requirements. Information at www.icphso.org.

Supported by the Office for Product Safety and Standards The Office for Product Safety and Standards has been established within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to enable the UK to meet the evolving challenges of product safety by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation.

For a bespoke, tailored package, please contact ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk


Who attends?

The Electrical Product Safety Conference is attended by designers, manufacturers, retailers, importers, installers, product testing house, safety advocates, lawyers and enforcement authorities.  The event attracts a senior audience interested in hearing the top insights and strategies in the field of electrical safety.

Essential information

Register your interest: ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

What is the Electrical Product Safety Conference about?
The Electrical Product Safety Conference 2021 is a full day conference bringing you the latest in emerging issues from the world of electrical product safety. Each year, the event explores key themes and trends impacting on consumer safety and the electrical product industry, attracting a wide range of delegates - from government departments to manufacturers, retailers, importers, lawyers and test houses. We bring to the forefront key and emerging issues impacting on the industry and consumers. So wherever you are in the electrical product chain – or beyond - you’ll want to join us!

Why should I attend?

We encourage our speakers not only to share their best practice cases, but also to look to the future on upcoming developments in the sector.

If you want to future-proof your business and get feedback about your ideas from fellow professionals - you are in the right place to do it.

Who is it for?
200 leading industry professionals consisting of: global retail brands, design, manufacture, import and distribution of electrical goods, lawyers, testing houses, safety experts and government bodies. 

How much does it cost to register?


How can I register?
You can register here to secure your place: https://hopin.com/events/electrical-product-safety-conference-2021

Can I bring a guest?
Yes, but your guest would need to register in the usual way at https://hopin.com/events/electrical-product-safety-conference-2021

Where is the conference?

The conference will be held online – a link will be sent to you once you register.

How can my company exhibit at the Electrical Product Safety Conference?
You can email us at ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

What happens if I cannot attend?
If you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that your place can be allocated to someone else.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please, email us at ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk


“Electrical Safety First continues to deliver excellent work in helping to identify, communicate and reduce the risks associated with electrical products. We believe their campaigns remain important for helping to support product safety, as well as building trust between manufacturers, channel partners and customers.”
Paul Hide, Director of Membership and Marketing, TechUK

“The British Retail Consortium is pleased to support Electrical Safety First, an important partner within the electrical industry, in its activities around raising awareness of the importance of using electrical appliances safely.”
David Bolton, Retail Products Policy Adviser, British Retail Consortium

"This year's Electrical Product Safety Conference was the best yet. The panels were informative and interesting and we were thrilled to also be awarded with this year’s Safety Innovation Award. The fact that our work to improve customer safety has now been recognised by Electrical Safety First is an achievement that we are really proud of."
Andrew Mullen, Beko Plc, Previous Safety Innovation Award Winner

“We’re thrilled our WiFi hood received a ‘Highly Commended’ Safety Innovation Award from Electrical Safety First. Consumer safety is of upmost importance to us here at Hoover and, whilst we pride ourselves on producing innovative appliances, we’re really proud that our product has been recognised by the UK’s electrical safety experts for its unique safety credentials.”
Hoover Candy Group, highly commended for a previous Safety Innovation Award