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Top marks for ECA business programme

THE ECA’S MANAGEMENT Development Programme has begun to deliver business management skills to ECA members’ teams, with the first four of 16 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) awards presented by ECA president Diane Johnson to programme delegates at the end of August. The fully funded development programme offers employees CMI qualifications, and has been designed specifically to focus on the needs of building services companies. The programme was launched in

June, following the ECA’s approval as a CMI-registered centre, and was co-developed by the ECA and HR specialists, Jaluch.

ECA president, Diane Johnson

CEO David Pollock announces retirement

DAVID POLLOCK, GROUP CHIEF executive officer of the ECA, has announced he will retire at the end of September 2010. His successor will be Steve Bratt, the ECA’s deputy CEO. Following his retirement,

Pollock will continue as an adviser to the ECA and will represent its interests in Europe and via lobbying and representational work. He commented: ‘I have spent an exciting and fulfilling 13 years with the ECA and I’m very glad that Council has agreed that my successor should be Steve Bratt. I am looking forward to a very active retirement and I am glad I shall be continuing to represent the ECA in some important areas.’ Diane Johnson, ECA president, added: ‘I would like to express my sincere thanks to David on behalf of the members of the ECA for the excellent work undertaken during his time here. David leaves the Association in a very healthy position and with a record membership. This is testament not only to his leadership but also to the personal commitment he has made.’

presented the awards in Newbury to: Rob Woodland of JR Pridham Services; Steve Hart of RT Harris & Son; Gareth Brown of Abel Alarm Company; and Craig Walker of Walker Electrical Services. Johnson said: ‘We want member companies of all sizes to have the best support and assistance to help them thrive in the long term. The success and impact of this programme relies on companies recognising the value of investing their time and commitment into it, and I am delighted that the four ECA firms have had the foresight to do that.’ As well as being a means for employers to unlock the leadership potential of staff from technical backgrounds, the programme aims

Award winners: ECA president Diane Johnson presents CMI awards

to provide employees with a career development path. The ECA hopes the programme will incentivise many companies to plan for the future by identifying potential management personnel within their own firms, and giving them the opportunity to acquire formal management know-how.

Book adding value

software and manual calculations, and provides the reader with all the necessary tools to perform accurate calculations of circuit designs. Rather than using complex equations, the book uses extensive examples to help make understanding the calculations simpler.

Other key features include:

n Updated information on 230 volt references and voltage drop under normal load conditions

THE FOURTH EDITION OF Electrical Installation Calculations For Compliance with BS 7671:2008 has just been published. The original edition was written in 1991 by Mark Coates and Brian Jenkins. Manual calculations are still extensively used, and are necessary for checking and verifying various software calculation design packages. It is highly recommended that users of this software familiarise themselves with the rudiments of these calculations prior to using the software packages. The book fills the gap between

n New sections on buried cables that take into account soil thermal conductivity, trenches and grouping, allowing readers to carry out accurate cables sizing

n Information and examples of steel wired armour cables. This includes sufficiency during short circuits and, for cables with externally run CPCs, gives unique fault conditions

n Calculations of cross-sectional areas of circuit live conductors

n Earth fault loop impedances n Protective conductor cross-sectional areas and short circuit conditions

n Short circuit protection ECA registered members can purchase the book for £28.50 (plus P&P) by visiting

And the winner is

The winner of this year’s Peter Greenwood Award is to be announced at the Fire and Security Association (FSA) prestigious gala dinner in London on 19 October 2010. The award is the longest established individual award in the security profession, and was set up in 1995 after Peter’s untimely death. In his position as chairman of the Security Industry Lead Body (SILB) Implementation Group, Peter worked tirelessly to enhance the cohesion and professionalism of the security industry. Besides the introduction of NVQs, he also had a vision of the industry working closely together, providing rewards for its members and top quality service on behalf of its clients. After Peter passed away, an annual award was created for individuals who showed the same kind of enthusiasm and selfless concern for the industry that Peter demonstrated. Stefan Hay, head of the FSA said: ‘I am delighted that the Peter Greenwood Award will form part of the ceremony at the FSA Gala Dinner and that the FSA is now the official sponsor of the award.’

Light work The closing date for entries to the 2009/10 Lighting Industry Federation (LIF) Energy Management and Innovation in Lighting Awards Scheme (EMILAS) is 30 September 2010. Entries can be downloaded from, and submitted online, via the LIF website at The EMILAS awards are an initiative to encourage early investment by companies in refurbishing their current lighting installations to more energy efficient solutions, whilst maintaining the quality of the lighting installation. There are six award categories plus a special award for Excellence in Recycling. The awards will be presented at a high profile LIF event on 17 November in London.

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