ECA represents organisations who design and install engineering services. At present, there are approaching 3000 ECA member organisations, who collectively have a combined industry turnover in excess of £6 billion annually.
Upon joining ECA, each member-business selects one of 12 ECA regions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, based on their location and where they do business.
ECA regions form part of the trade association’s democratic structure, which at its lowest geographical level involves representation through a series of local branches.
Each local branch is represented at regional level by a number of firms, dependent on the total number based within each locality. All of these regional groupings are known as Regional Executive Committees (RECs).
Each REC is represented on the nationwide ECA Council by up to two representatives. The ECA Council is the trade association’s ultimate decision-making body.
The Council elects a President every year, who is eligible for a second term in office. The President presides over ECA Council business during meetings. Other senior figures on the Council include the Immediate Past President and Vice President(s).
ECA’s Chief Executive (the most senior executive official) is selected by the Council, either directly by its members, or through a process agreed by the Council. The Chief Executive has a formal role within Council.
ECA member firms also have representation on Standing Committees, which have the ability to contribute towards ECA policy on areas such as technical, skills, health and safety, and employment.
ECA’s democratic nature means that every member-firm has a stake in the trade association, and in fact the organisation is 100 per cent owned by members.
ECA works with a range of partners right across the sector and wider construction industry. Many of these firms and bodies are eligible for ECA ‘Associate’ status, which provides a formalised relationship with ECA and our members. Associate categories are open to designers, consultants, clients and specifiers (e.g. local authorities, housing associations), manufacturers, distributors, training providers, and universities
The ECA Code of Conduct sets out the standards of professionalism expected from any individual who is representing the interests of, or acting on behalf of, ECA in any capacity.