ighly respected electrical engineer and business leader, Mike Smith, has joined leading engineering services body ECA as director of technical. Smith previously held a variety of commercial roles at SES Engineering Services over the past 25 years and was most recently the firm’s estimating and sector director, working on projects totalling tens of millions of pounds. From 2017 to 2018, Smith was also ECA President, driving forward the interests of the sector, by helping it face the challenges of Brexit, unfair payment practices and skills shortages. Smith said: “I am delighted to be joining ECA in this exciting role, having supported the association in various capacities over the past 20 years. I am looking forward to using my industry knowledge to help ECA Members grow their businesses

ECA appoints new technical director H

and navigate the challenging commercial environment.” Steve Bratt, ECA CEO, said: “Having Mike Smith on the team further cements ECA’s strong leadership team. Mike’s extensive knowledge, experience and expertise will help ECA power ahead and lead the electrotechnical and engineering services industry to success.” Smith takes over the role of ECA director of technical from Steve Martin, who took on the role in 2017. Bratt added: “On behalf of ECA, I would like to warmly thank Steve Martin for the instrumental work he has done for ECA, its Members and the wider industry during his tenure.”

ECA’s industry-leading technical team also includes Gary Parker, Luke Osborne and Darren Smith, as well as a range of specialist associates, who collectively have expertise covering the full range of electrotechnical

Gilberts expands building services experse

Product knowledge enhanced by practical expertise is now available to air movement specialists in the south as a result of changes at Gilberts Blackpool. The company has appointed Mark Gallop as its new area sales manager (south and south east).

Gallop, from Camberley, Surrey, brings with him almost 25 years’

disciplines, including electrical, energy, fire and security, smart buildings and data communications.

Leicester City Council signs Charter to protect construction workers

eicester City Council is the latest local authority in the East Midlands to sign an agreement with the Unite union to ensure that working conditions for construction workers meet the highest standards. In the East Midlands, Corby Council and Nottingham City Council have also signed up to Unite’s Construction Charter. Construction firms planning to work on Leicester City Council building projects will now need to adhere to the new Construction Charter. The charter commits to working with Unite in order to achieve the highest standards in respect of direct employment status, health & safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.


Paresh Patel, Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands said: “Construction is a hugely important part of the work local authorities do to support residents and the local economy. By signing up to Unite’s Construction Charter, Leicester City Council is also making a significant commitment to construction workers.

“The Charter gives workers the right to speak out on safety issues without fear and to be paid a fair rate for the job. It means there will be no blacklisting of workers. Vitally it also ensures construction workers are directly employed. Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said: “As one of the city’s major employers our priority is to ensure the highest standards of working conditions for all of our employees, and we want to work with other organisations that take the same approach.

“I’m very pleased to sign up to this Unite Charter as it reinforces our commitment to doing all we can to ensure that those employed on our construction projects also benefit from these high standards.”

Selco supports Spadework transformation A

Kent charity which provides care, support and working

opportunities for more than 100 people aged 16 and over with learning and other disabilities, has continued the transformation of its site – thanks to a Crayford builders merchant.

Spadework, which is based in Offham, has a unique five-acre site which hosts a café, farm shop,

garden centre and vegetable patch – all of which are part- run by the trainees, and open to the general public. The site has been further spruced up for summer thanks to the Crayford branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, the fastest growing builders merchant in the UK, through its partnership with national charity Global’s Make Some Noise. Selco has donated thousands of pounds of materials, including slabs, cement, sand and planters, to help transform the outdoor seating area between the café and the garden centre.

Selco is an official partner of Global's Make Some Noise, a national charity that funds and empowers projects across the UK, helping children, young people and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Kris Healey, chief executive officer of Spadework, said: “The help that Selco has provided has been a real game-changer for us.

“The area needed some work and receiving all the raw materials from Selco free of charge was an incredible gesture. “Our trainees are at the heart of everything we do and they were involved in carrying out the work to create what is now a stunning patio area.

“Not only is it a popular seating area for members of the

experience in technical sales of building services components. Gallop’s technical sales expertise is supplemented with a

background in practical mechanical engineering, that began with an apprenticeship at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

NEWS Appointments

Legrand makes energy eciency and sustainability

appointment Legrand, a global

specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, has appointed an energy efficiency and

sustainability manager for its UK and Ireland business. Mitra Goodger, an experienced

public visiting us and a showcase for a number of our plants, it also enables our trainees to carry out sessions with schools and groups of vulnerable people from the local area, passing on the skills they have learned. “We are all extremely

grateful for the support Selco has provided.”

An average of 46 trainees visit Spadework every weekday, with more than 73,000 hours of

support and care provided in the last 12 months. Darryl Munday, branch manager of Selco Crayford which is based on Kennet Road, said: “Spadework is one of the fantastic small charities supported by Global’s Make Some Noise, which delivers outstanding work in the local community. We are honoured to help them and proud to work with Global’s Make Some Noise to make a difference to young lives.

“You can see how much the trainees enjoy coming to Spadework every day and to be able to play a small part in improving the environment they attend gives a real sense of pride.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days and for a minimum of 80 hours per week, Selco’s 66 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible. As well as offering trade services and a café in branch, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click ‘N’ Deliver, a 30 minute Click & Collect service and a free Project List app which allows tradespeople to plan, manage and quote for all jobs – as well as complete purchases - through their smartphone.

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management consultant, will help to optimise Legrand’s sustainability and contribution to the circular economy while leading on the company’s broad energy efficiency programme. Her role will also include looking at key legislation, delivering on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and advising teams on ways to improve efficiency.

Over the past 20 years, Mitra has influenced many key energy efficiency and

sustainability projects, and for the past five years, has been working for BRE commercial

development, advising manufacturers on sustainability for

specification products, environmental impact and compliance.

Jason Hargan promoted to naonal sales manager

Following four years of service as business

development manager at ACV UK, Jason Hartigan is now taking on the

challenge as new national sales manager. Hartigan joined the company in 2015 to look after customers in the Northeast, Cumbria, and Yorkshire. This not only involved sales, but also drawing up specifications with consulting engineers, giving technical assistance and delivering CIBSE- approved CPD seminars. His career in the heating industry spans 25 years working in a variety of businesses from product

manufacturers to contractors. Building up knowledge in sales, technical and project and development roles, Hartigan has a diverse background to not only focus on sales and management but help customers with design and specification.

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