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Presidential view Getting around


ECA president Alun Pearson refl ects on a busy fi rst few months – and looks forward to more to come


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t’s been a few months now since I took on the mantle of the ECA president, so I’m now getting used to the hectic nature of the job. While it’s been a busy schedule so far, it’s also been an extremely enjoyable and illuminating


experience. It’s been particularly pleasing to have met so many members in the regions over the past few months – and I’m sure I’ll be getting plenty more miles on the clock over the coming months. Looking back over the last few months, receiving the


ECA’s president’s chain of offi ce at the ECA Electrical Industry Conference in May was a special moment for me. The conference in Marbella was a great success; business sessions were well accepted by the delegates attending, and the social events (as always) proved popular too. Among the key industry figures that attended, it was excellent to see our industry partners from the NICEIC and the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) attending and speaking at the conference. As you’ll read elsewhere in this issue of ECA T


oday, the


launch of the 2021 Vision: The Future of the Electrical Contracting Industry report – fi rst announced at the conference – took place in London in late July. This joint research venture between the ECA and the NICEIC marks an important and welcome step for both organisations. It was a very successful launch, and I look forward to working more closely with our industry partners to help achieve a single voice for the electrical contracting industry.


Cheshire, where I awarded the prizes to the winners. Many thanks to the North West region for their efforts in organisaing the event, and congratulations to the West Midlands regional team in winning the tournament.


Changes On a more serious note, during July the ECA continued to implement the changes to the governance of the association initiated by the strategic review that took place in June 2010. Interviews were held to fi nd suitable applicants with the right skill sets to form the new ECA Ltd Board. It may not have made many headlines, but the ECA Ltd


Board and Council meeting held on July 13 marked another historic day for the association. Board and Council members agreed to split the ECA Ltd Board from Council and form a completely new, smaller ECA Ltd Board, consisting of six members and two executives. The new board of directors, chosen from the recent interviews, were proposed and agreed on. These will now provide much more effective governance for the association.


The joint research venture between the ECA and NICEIC marks an important and welcome step


Looking ahead Following on from the Board, Council and EGM meetings, we had the annual ECA/ Edmundson Electrical apprentice and adult trainee awards and luncheon. This year’s winners included two from ECA members;


Events Another highlight in my presidential schedule so far was a bit closer to home. On 3 June, the South Wales region held a presidential dinner at the City Hall, Cardiff, in honour of me becoming only the second Welsh president of the ECA in its 110-year history. The last to hold the honour was Ken Baynton, back in 1985. The dinner was attended by 256 guests, who included


eight past presidents of the association, and also the presidents of SELECT and the HVCA. The evening was a great success, enjoyed by everyone attending – and it raised £1,703 for charity. I had the honour of presenting the cheque to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Cardiff (who also attended the dinner) for their chosen charity, Cancer Research Wales. In June, I was also invited to attend the 11th ECA Inter Regional golf day at the McDonald Portal Hotel in Tarporley,


About the author


Alun Pearson Alun Pearson is president of the ECA, and owner of family business A Pearson Electrical Contractors.


Apprentice of the Year Oliver Devos is employed by SSE Contracting, based in Reading, while Adult Trainee of the Year was Luke Nesbitt, employed by P&R Hurt, based in Yeovil. I wish both the winners every success in their future careers and, again, would like to give my sincere thanks to Edmundson Electrical for its long and continued support at this event. As we are now entering conference season, I’m sure I’ll be


seeing many more members and hearing from them what they think we are doing right – and what we can improve on. I am certainly looking forward to attending regional conferences and functions over the next few months and, as always, I will be encouraging our members to make the most of the numerous services that the ECA has to offer. I am also looking forward to working alongside our group


CEO Steve Bratt and his team, exploring ways in which the association can bring added value to our members’ businesses – something that is particularly important to us all in these diffi cult times.


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