Electrical Product Safety Conference 2019

Product Safety Conference 2019
Thursday 28th November 
Church House, London

Chaired by Linda McAuley, BBC Radio presenter, On Your Behalf

Join experts and leaders from across the industry.

Explore the study of human behaviour and what it can tell us about safer product design from conception, through manufacture and production to sale.

We will examine how emerging data can inform intelligent product design and look at innovations leading transformation in the way products are designed with future safety at the forefront.

For designers, retailers, manufacturers, product testing houses, regulators, government bodies and safety experts.

Registration open: 


About the conference

Electrical Safety First hosts an annual, industry-leading, Product Safety Conference. It is now over a decade since we established this event, during which time we have seen product safety embed itself in the political and news agenda. Significantly, many of the subjects introduced at the conference are now being recognised as critical issues.

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 believe it is this ‘broad-church’ approach which is part of its appeal – and the fact that 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 attend! 


Download the agenda for the day here.


Linda McAuley
Radio Presenter

Linda is the award-winning presenter of BBC Radio Ulster's consumer advice programme ‘On Your Behalf’.

Linda first joined BBC Radio Ulster in 1978 and since 1995 she has been helping BBC Radio Ulster listeners sort out countless consumer problems on the Saturday morning programme ‘On Your Behalf’, regularly interviewing Trading Standards, the Consumer Association, Electrical Safety First, ABTA and other leading trade organisations.

In 2006 the Trading Standards Institute named ‘On Your Behalf’ as the ‘Best Consumer Television or Radio Programme’, while presenter Linda was awarded ‘National Consumer Journalist of the Year’.

In 2018, Linda received an MBE for her services to consumers, the latest honour for her, as she was inducted into the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) Radio Awards Hall of Fame in 2017.


Martyn Allen
Technical Director, 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 fore-runner of Electrical Safety First), in 2006. 

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


Colin Forrester
Business Development Manager, UL

Colin Forrester is UL’s Consumer Technology Business Development Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, involved in connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT). Colin has two decades of experience in the testing and certification industry in the wireless connectivity and safety arena - from the early days of 2G cellular technology and including five years in Asia, establishing operations to deliver certifications to the nascent 3G and 4G handset vendors. With the growth of IoT, he has been working closely with a range of organisations, from start-ups to leading consumer brands, on issues relating to safety, cyber-security and interoperability.


Rod Freeman
International Products Lawyer, Cooley LLP

Rod Freeman is an International Products Lawyer at the international law firm, Cooley.  He leads a rapidly-growing team which supports leading international and innovative companies in defending product liability litigation - handling product-related B2B disputes and managing and resolving product safety and regulatory compliance issues, including managing international product recalls. Deeply embedded in the international product liability and product safety community, Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organisation (ICPHSO). He also represents business and industry on the OECD Working Party on Product Safety and has been appointed by the European Commission to its Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies. 


Michiko Jo
Senior Associate‎, DLA Piper UK LLP

Michiko Jo advises on supply chain related commercial contracts and regulations, including product safety, product liability, marketing and ‎consumer law. She has advised clients on product launches and corrective actions - such as multi-jurisdictional product recalls - as well as establishing distribution networks by assisting on business-to-business and business-to-consumer supply contracts and online sales platforms. Michiko is a commercial lawyer in the Intellectual Property & Technology Department of the London Office of the global law firm, DLA Piper.


Wendy Middleton
Insights Lead, Office of Product Safety and Standards

Wendy has worked in the civil service for 15 years. A biologist by background, she started out by managing Defra’s animal welfare research programme. She then spent seven years working on bovine tuberculosis, eventually as head of science in Defra’s bTB programme.

From there she went to work with Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Professor Ian Boyd, before moving to DECC (now BEIS) in 2015 to work with their CSA, Professor John Loughhead. More recently she was Head of Science for Climate and Energy, before moving to the Office for Product Safety & Standards in August this year, to create and lead their new Insights Unit. She is passionate about developing BEIS’ Science & Engineering Network, Women in STEM and the use of evidence in policy making.


Judith Peacock
Group Technical Director, Dixons Carphone

Judith is the Group Technical Director at Dixons Carphone - which includes Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse in the UK, in addition to businesses in the Nordics and Greece. Her remit includes overseeing the quality and safety of own-label and licensed branded products, responsible sourcing, and health and safety for the UK and Ireland.

Judith has worked in the electronics and electrical industry for over 25 years and prior to working at Dixons Carphone, she was employed by Tesco as a Technical Manager and latterly in after-sales, including customer helpline, repairs and product returns.


Penny Walshe
Corporate Communications Manager, Electrical Safety First

Penny joined Electrical Safety First in December 2011 and manages the Charity’s consumer communications, focusing on developing strong, evidence-based media campaigns alongside engaging digital content to support the Charity’s strategic objectives. She is responsible for running and analysing the Charity’s annual consumer surveys, as well as campaign-specific research, which gives insights into consumer awareness and attitudes towards electrical safety issues.

Penny started her career at the BBC and moved on to work in advertising before leaving the agency side to work in-house as a communications specialist. She holds the CIPR’s Diploma in Public Relations.


Adam Williams
Electrical Safety First Trustee

Adam Williams is a consumer technology sales and marketing specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in bringing innovative technologies to markets across Europe. Starting out in electrical retailing, Adam has more recently led partnerships with Europe’s largest retailers for a range of global brands, including Samsung and Sony. In 2017, he helped establish a UK strategy for Enjoy Technology, which provides home set-up services for smart products.

Adam is currently Chief Revenue Officer at Lightwave, a leading smart home manufacturer providing innovative smart lighting, power and heating solutions through consumer and trade channels.  He is also a Trustee of the Electrical Safety First Board and member of the Smart Homes & Buildings Association.


To enquire about speaking opportunities please contact ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk


UL helps create a better world by applying science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. We empower trust by enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. All of our work, from independent research and standards development to testing and certification, to providing analytical and digital solutions, helps improve global well-being. Businesses, industries, governments, regulatory authorities and the public put their trust in us so they can make smarter decisions. To learn more, visit UL.com.


Electrium, leading the way with devices that protect people & property.

As an electrical installation equipment manufacturer Electrium focuses on providing proven quality electrical safety products for professional specifiers and installers.

Exceeding expectations is what Electrium does. For example;

Preventing Electrical Fires with Wylex AFDDs.

Our Wylex miniature AFDDs with integral RCBO can be used on new or existing installations to prevent electrical fires from arc faults. These clever little devices offer maximum levels of protection for people & property, protecting against overload, short circuit, electric shock & arcs that cause electrically ignited fires. Meeting & beating the regulatory requirements.

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


Supported by the Office for Product Safety and Standards

The new 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.

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 here

At the Electrical Product Safety Conference 2019 we will discuss the importance of human behaviour in a rapidly changing market and find out how those across the supply chain can use data to innovate and adapt to changing needs – bringing consumer needs to the heart of electrical product safety.

What will I learn at the Electrical Product Safety Conference 2019?
The key theme of the conference is human behaviour: how are designers, retailers, manufacturers lawyers and others in the industry dealing with the changing requirements and demands of consumers.

Who are the key contacts for the summit?
For all event enquiries, please contact ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk.

How much does it cost to register?
The conference costs are:

Commercial organisation: £300 + VAT & booking fees

Not-for-profit organisation: £160 + VAT & booking fees

How can I register?
You can register easily here to reserve your place and avoid disappointment. 

Can I bring a guest?
Yes, but your guest would need to register and pay in the usual way. Click here to be taken to the booking form.

Where is the conference?
The conference will be held at Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ

The nearest underground stations are St James’s Park and Westminster (District, Circle and Jubilee lines) which are both within a ten-minute walk. When you arrive you will see a small archway with a security cabin and a gate, next to Westminster Abbey. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard – Church House is at the end of the yard.

There are sheltered bike racks and cycle bars in the garage available for guests to chain their bikes to. Please ask at reception on arrival for further details.

Download a map

Can I transfer or cancel my booking?
Transfers and cancellations are not available and tickets are non-refundable.

Can I sponsor the Electrical Product Safety Conference?
Yes -  Please contact ellen.vester@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk for more information.


"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, Winner of the Safety Innovation Award 2018

 “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 the Safety Innovation Award 2018

“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

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