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ECA Officials & Senior Staff

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Sean began his career with WT Parker (Now EJ Parker Technical Services) as an electrical apprentice in 1973 and progressed within the company, being appointed Managing Director in 1997, Group Managing Director and Group CEO in 2007 and Chair in 2018. He led company to being the largest independent M&E contractor in the East Midlands prior to acquisition by Edwin James Group in 2017.

Sean has been an ECA Council Delegate since 2008 and an ECA Board Director since 2012 and he also sits on the Major Contractors Forum, having previously held positions as ECA Branch and REC Chair.

Stuart started as an apprentice electrician in 1986 on a CITB training scheme; started his own business in 1997 and became a Director of Stromtechs Ltd in 2007; Since joining the ECA Stuart has been Vice Chairman and Chairman (4 years) of the Thames Valley Branch; Thames Valley Branch representative at the Central South REC for at least 5 years; Central South representative on Council since May 2019.

Ruth is Managing Director of SJD Electrical, as well as a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Construction Route Panel. She is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s People & Skills Network, which focuses on tackling the industry’s skills needs. She attends the Government’s Construction Skills Delivery Group as an industry representative, supporting Project Speed. In 2023, Ruth was recognised in the New Year's Honour's list and awarded an MBE for her services to apprenticeships.

 

For ECA, Ruth is Chair of the Skills Committee and currently involved in campaigns to increase employee engagement with schools and colleges and promote valid routes to achieve vocational competence.

Steve Murray currently jointly owns WT Jenkins Ltd, an electrical contractor based in Liverpool. Steve joined WT Jenkins Ltd in 2000 whilst undertaking an HND in electrical engineering. Six years later, he became co-owner of the business with Tony King.
 
After serving his apprenticeship, Steve worked for Stark and McCormick for 16 years carrying out all aspects of electrical installation, maintenance and repair.
 
Steve has been an ECA Council member since May 2014, having previously been a branch and regional chair for a number of years

Steve was appointed ECA Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2010, having previously served as Deputy CEO from February 2010.  Steve’s career consists of Director and MD positions, centred around the building services and construction sectors, including a number of non-executive Chairman’s roles within property development companies.  His former roles include MD of CORGI Services, where he was recognised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as one of Britain’s top 200 businessmen in 2002 and 2003.  Steve is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of numerous industry bodies, including Chair of Compex Certification Ltd, Director and former Chair of Certsure LLP and member of the Construction Leadership Council.

Before joining ECA, Andrew spent four-and-a-half years as Crossrail’s Head of Employee Relations. Prior to this he worked for the Olympic Delivery Authority’s delivery partner, and for several years in employee relations roles at the BESA and the Engineering Construction Association.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the advisory panel for Greenwich University’s Work and Employment Relations Unit, and a regular guest lecturer at Exeter University’s Business School.

Terry was appointed Group Financial Controller in January 2018, having joined the Association in 2013 as Chief Accountant. Terry is responsible for overseeing a small team that look after the day to finances of the Association and is based in the Sevenoaks office. Terry is also a Trustee of the Electrical Industries charity and a non-executive director of BASEC.

Terry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has worked as a qualified accountant for over 25 years. Most of that time has been running finance functions in a variety of industries, everything from motorbike racing to logistics and manufacturing and prior to joining ECA Terry had spent the previous 14 years in construction based companies.

Terry is a keen triathlete, proving that a lack of sporting ability is no barrier to taking part.

Having joined ECA in 2018, Rob qualified as a solicitor and mediator with extensive construction and FM experience, obtained in private practice and trade associations.  He is widely known in the industry for his active contribution to dialogue between industry players and Government on a range of business-related issues, on behalf of the engineering services sector.

Rob is also an SME Business Advisor to the Cabinet Office/Crown Commercial Services. He is an active advocate of digital business solutions and, based on his personal experience, a passionate advocate of the commercial benefits of mentoring, diversity and wider inclusion in industry.

Helen became ECA’s Director of Member Services in September 2014 and is responsible for the Regional Teams, Member Services, IT, Marketing and Digital Transformation.

Previously, Helen worked for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) where she was director of strategy and communications. Prior to that, she was director of client services at CORGI and membership services director at BTS.

Helen is an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  

Mike Smith became ECA’s Technical Director in 2019. Mike previously held a variety of commercial roles at SES Engineering Services over a 25 year period, including as the firm’s estimating and sector director. Mike has worked on projects totalling tens of millions of pounds, helping the firm grow its turnover significantly.

Born near Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East, Mike is the son of an architect who worked for construction firm Taylor Woodrow. Mike followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the construction industry as an electrical apprentice straight from school just before his 16th birthday. Mike’s JIB electrical apprenticeship was with R & I Harrison in Leeds, which resulted in him gaining Approved Electrician status.

Mike was previously ECA President 2017/18, having been senior vice president for one year prior to that. He had held numerous other roles with the ECA since becoming directly involved back in 1999.

Paul Reeve has held a number of senior policy and business roles within the organisation. He has an extensive track record in public affairs and media relations, having previously held senior roles at the Engineering Employers’ Federation and the Chemical Industries Association.

Paul is a Fellow of both IOSH and IEMA. He is currently on the advisory board of the certification body Exova BM Trada, and is Deputy Chairman of SSIP and the HSE’s construction ‘Managing risk’ group.

Daniel initially joined the ECA as Head of Marketing and Digital Transformation in October 2019, responsible for all aspects of the ECA marketing strategy, with a focus on building a strong ECA brand presence across our industry. 

Daniel now works across both ECA's Membership and staff team to drive the development of cutting-edge digital initiatives.

Daniel has over 20 years of professional digital and marketing experience and has held senior positions in a range of both commercial and not for profit organisations.

Carolyn joined ECA in June 2014 as Head of Education and Training. Prior to this she worked for 23 years in pharmaceuticals manufacturing in various roles with a global remit, followed by 5 years working with automotive and aerospace companies across the UK on skills projects and funding applications. She is also a trustee of the industry charity, NET.

Steve joined the association in 1998 and has overseen many changes in regard to systems used within the group. He manages a small team from the Sevenoaks office, who run the day to day IT operations, as well as the development team who look after the systems and websites that are used to support membership activities.

Having worked in the IT industry for many years, Steve has managed IT environments across a number of sectors, ranging from insurance, publishing and certification through to trade and membership bodies.

Steve works closely with all the companies within the ECA family and is currently the chairman to the ECA staff pension scheme.

Jane joined ECA in December 2020. She is responsible for ECA’s public relations and public affairs strategies and operation. Jane’s team works across all policy areas, producing content for publication on ECA’s digital and print channels and in media outlets. Jane works collaboratively with industry partners on a range of communications initiatives.

Jane has over a decade of experience working in charity communications and public affairs, as well as international experience promoting renewable energy initiatives.

Phil joined the ECA in 2005 and is responsible for Human Resources in the ECA Group.

Prior to joining the Association Phil worked for Air Products PLC, a global industrial gases and chemicals manufacturer in a number of senior HR generalist roles, both in the UK and overseas. This followed several years working in industrial relations with a major contractor in the UK engineering and construction industry.

Phip was appointed ECA Head of Regions in April 2019. She joined ECA in 2014, and was later appointed ECA Business Development Manager (South) to primarily identify new business opportunities and different ways to reach both existing and new electrotechnical markets.

Prior to this Phip held a number of management positions within education, recruitment, sales and marketing.

Andy joined the ECA from Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years where he was Membership Services Manager responsible for the 35,000 members of the organisation. 

Andy’s 14 years in customer service has seen him work in Financial Services, Charity and Utility Services, with a set focus on customer service and identifying procedural improvements to enhance the customer journey. 

Gary Parker joined ECA in 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience in electrical contracting, Standardisation and Membership organisations. He is an experienced and practical Engineer having worked in heavy industry, water treatment, medical locations and general electrical contracting.

In 2024 Tony Sidwell joined ECA as Head of Health, Safety & Environment. He is a Chartered Fellow of IOSH, a Chartered Health & Safety Professional and a Practitioner of IEMA.

Tony has worked in the Building Services industry for over 25 years holding positions with NG Bailey, SES Engineering Services and Lorne Stewart.

Previously, Tony has served as the Chair of the Joint Building Services (ECA / BESA) SHE Committee.

To see the details of all of our regional teams, you can go to our Regional Page.