The Power Players initiative judging is undertaken by a panel of leading industry representatives from different areas of expertise. The judges will be looking for displays of: leadership, collaboration, innovation, creativity, industry impact and social impact.

Five finalists will then be shortlisted to face the public vote.

Meet the judges below.

  • Steve has recently taken on the role of acting head of technical for the ECA. He ensures relevant and practical advice and support is given to all specialist areas, notably fire and security, home technology and building automation. With an established industry background, Steve has firsthand experience within contracting and the challenges faced when embracing emerging technologies as additional revenue streams.

  • Tessa is an experienced general management professional with an extensive track record in leading business growth. Tessa joined the Electrical Industries Charity as their Managing Director from Parsons Brinckerhoff (a Balfour Beatty company) where she held the position of National General Manager for Oil & Gas.  She has an extensive track record leading business growth and change initiatives for a multidisciplinary engineering and construction business focusing on the energy and resources industry.

    Tessa commented: “Power Players is a very important initiative because it will provide recognition for young people who are already making a positive impact in the early part of their careers. The Electrical Industries Charity is delighted to be involved and I look forward to working with all of the partners to highlight and reward the successes which the younger generation are bringing to the industry.”

  • Russell became the Chief Executive of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations in September 2014. He had a full career in the British Army, mainly involved with transport and logistics. In addition to a variety of overseas postings he saw operational service in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan; retiring as a Brigadier from his final appointment heading the British Forces Post Office. After his military career, he  was the CEO of the John Smith Memorial Trust; a charity working primarily with the FCO and the Ministry of Justice to promote good governance and leadership in countries of the Former Soviet Union and in Middle Eastern nations  affected by the “Arab Spring” developments. He has an MSc from Cranfield University where he carried out a research project to take safety related advances in helicopter engine and pilot behaviour monitoring into the realm of heavy road vehicles. He is originally from Glasgow and now lives in Berkshire.

    Russell commented: “FETA is delighted to show its support for this important and worthwhile initiative. We are all aware of the skills shortages and recruitment challenges facing the industry and it’s vital that we draw attention to the young people who are making a real impact.”

  • Margaret Fitzsimons has been Director of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) for 3 years and before that was MD of Voltimum UK which she set up and ran for 14 years.  Both of these positions have given her special insight into the workings of the electrical industry supply chain including organisations and how they interact, technologies, cultures, roles, personalities, opportunities and threats. She believes she is lucky to work in such a people-orientated sector.  While Margaret has been in general management in the UK for many years, she is at heart a marketer with a love of all things ‘foreign’ having lived  in US & Europe for several years either working for global companies or studying.