Electrical Contracting News (ECN) ECN-Nov2017 - Page 7

EDITORIAL E LOOKING TO THE FUTURE ESP has made several new appointments to its sales team. Chris Watterson has joined as the area sales manager for the East Midlands; Bill Monaghan takes up the position of area sales manager for the South East; Mark Shields will be covering the Scotland area and Mark Faulkner is the area sales manager for the Northern Home Counties territory. . 1 9 A N N IV E R 4 2 S A RY DELIVERING INNOVATION FOR 75 YEARS Kayleigh Hutchins, Editor AFTER 75 YEARS WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE KNOW WHAT MATTERS TO OUR CUSTOMERS, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE ARE COMPLACENT, IN FACT WE ARE CONTINUALLY LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE AND TO REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE FOR CABLE MANAGEMENT. WE ARE A BRITISH, FAMILY OWNED COMPANY WITH A GREAT HERITAGE MOVERS & SHAKERS… Tom Brookes has been appointed as the new chair of the Fire & Security Association (FSA). Tom has over 25 years’ experience within the fi re industry, having started work as a fi re engineer in 1992. He bought Lindum Fire Services in 2002, and has since turned it into one of the major fi re detection and alarm systems organisations within Lincolnshire. His career has also involved involvement with a range of industry bodies. T th O ctober brought with it an important announcement from the JIB, in the form of the new ECS Registered Electrician status. The new scheme is aimed at recognising electricians who are qualifi ed to both NVQ Level 3 and the current edition of the Wiring Regulations. Alongside the new status, the JIB also launched the ECS Check, a system that allows clients and main contractors to verify the skills of electrical staff. The new status is voluntary, and its aim is to boost the credibility of not just the individual electrician, but also their company. Will the new status change the way electricians work in the future? LuxLive 2017, which will be lighting up ExCel London on November 15-16, will also be looking to the future of the sector. In this issue, ECN takes a look at some of the highlights that can be expected from the two-day event. The annual show is now in its seventh year, and as well as the usual showcase of new innovations and seminars led by industry leaders, this year’s LuxLive will turn its spotlight to the role of connected lighting. The smart home/building is more and more becoming a recurring theme within the industry, as the world around us becomes increasingly connected. Future issues of ECN will be turning a sharp focus on the smart home, and we want to hear how the increasing demand for connectivity is changing things. Is the industry ready for the smart revolution? What needs to change? Write in and let us know. This issue’s special features section delves into some of these questions. We take a look at whether homeowners are prepared to really embrace the smart home – and whether there are enough qualifi ed electrical installers for the task. We also explore how smart technology can help with energy management and effi ciency, and the role that smart lighting control can have in saving power. As always, ECN looks to you as the experts to give us your opinion on what’s happening. We want to hear the latest news, views and comment from the industry, so drop me an email at Kayleigh@allthingsmedialtd.com S Spelsberg UK has apppointed John Clarke as area sales manager for the West region. Having started his career as a qualifi ed electrical engineer, John is now an experienced sales engineer with an in-depth technical knowledge. Schneider Electric has appointed Christophe de Maistre as executive vice president, head of the partner projects division within the Building Business. Christophe brings 25 years of experience and has held various senior management positions in China, Germany and France. Detectortesters has announced the appointment of Robert Campbell to the role of managing director. Robert has previously held several high-profi le positions, including managing companies around the world. Many of his positions have been within the fi re industry, most recently as managing director at Cooper Fulleon and Cooper Fire Systems. November 2017 | 5 WE HAVE THE UK’S LARGEST DEDICATED CABLE MANAGEMENT SALES FORCE WHO FOCUS SOLELY ON THIS SECTOR WE OFFER EXCEPTIONAL STANDARDS OF TECHNICAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT WE BELIEVE IN HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES T 01424 856600 www.marshall-tufflex.com