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Welcome to the Northern Ireland regional page.

The ECA Northern Ireland Region has been managed by Alfie Watterson since May 2000.

Northern Ireland has a committed group of members of whom the majority are actively involved in Branch meetings held bi-monthly along, with other events held throughout the year. The highlight of the year being the Branch Dinner held annually during March.

The Regional Officers meet three times a year with their ECA counterparts in Dublin.

In November 2018 Officers from Northern Ireland attended the ECA Dublin Centenary Dinner held in the Crypt of Christchurch Cathedral.

The Irish Regional Chairman is currently Michael Dowds, Locksley Engineering; Michael also serves the Region as ECA Council Representative.

The current Branch Chairman is Mr Colin Cherry, Stothers M & E Vice-Chairman is Richard Megarity, Irwin M & E.

Michael Hilland is the current Regional Joint Industry Board Chairman and represents the Region at the Labour Relations Committee and the JIB National Board.

Following a Branch initiative in November 2017 the Region was successful in recruiting six major companies in Northern Ireland into membership. These companies are now playing a vital role in supporting Branch activity as well as lobbying Local Government.

At the 2017 ECA awards, William Ltd won the 'Contractor of the Year' award.

Members in Northern Ireland with the assistance of the SEC Group have been successful in lobbying Local Government on various issues, one of which was the introduction of Project Bank Accounts on Public Sector Contracts with a value in excess of £2 million.

Recently Local Government has agreed the introduction of protecting Cash Retentions within Project Bank Accounts.

With a larger membership representing over 70% of the local industry turnover, lobbying of Local Government is considerably strengthened.

It’s your Association - be part of it! 

- Alfie Watterson, Northern Ireland Regional Manager

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Launch of ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation

13 Jun 2019

On Thursday 6 June, the Government launched its ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation on proposals for the fundamental reform of building safety.

Member feedback requested for Building Regulations: Parts F and L

Member feedback requested for Building Regulations: Parts F and L

13 Jun 2019

With the Building Regulations Approved Documents Part L and F currently being reviewed and updated, ECA would like to hear feedback from Members on these documents.

Defendants fined £30,000 for insufficient safety measures

Defendants fined £30,000 for insufficient safety measures

13 Jun 2019

A company, two directors and a self-employed contractor have all been sentenced and fined, following an electrician falling two storeys through an unprotected stairwell.

ECA Members win at JTL Awards!

ECA Members win at JTL Awards!

13 Jun 2019

JTL held its 25th National Awards event in London on Thursday 6 June. Newly qualified electricians Thomas Lawson and Myles Nagle – both of whom work for ECA Members – scooped two of the major awards on the evening.

Changes to eRAMS

Changes to eRAMS

13 Jun 2019

Following Member feedback, we’ve made two improvements to eRAMS. These changes simplify specific aspects of how eRAMS works, and allow it to function more flexibly.  

ECA backs Government zero net carbon commitment

ECA backs Government zero net carbon commitment

12 Jun 2019

Leading industry trade body welcomes Government action towards net zero target

Elex Show - Coventry

Elex Show - Coventry

19 Sep 2019 00:00

ECA team will be at the event with a stand to answer any questions about the ECA.

SiX Fire & Security Event 2019 - Manchester

SiX Fire & Security Event 2019 - Manchester

05 Nov 2019 00:00

ECA will be at the event with a stand to answer any questions about ECA.

Elex Show - Sandown Park Racecourse

Elex Show - Sandown Park Racecourse

07 Nov 2019 00:00

ECA team will be at the event with a stand to answer any questions about ECA.

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