The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is delighted to appoint Phil Wilbraham, formerly of Heathrow Airport Limited, as the new Chair of its Steering Committee. Mr Wilbraham replaces Newell McGuiness, who took on the role of Chair in 2018.
Phil previously worked for Heathrow Airport for over 17 years where he led the completion of T2, T5, and delivering Heathrow’s third runway. Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public-sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion. He has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.
The ECS Steering Committee sets the strategic direction, maintains and develops the training, qualification and occupational competence standards for individual certification across a range of disciplines. Representatives on the committee come from a range of organisations spanning the entire electrotechnical industry, including contractors and electricians together with representatives from Unite, ECA, SELECT, IET, Electrical Safety First and the HSE. This combined strength is a testament to the importance which is placed on the ECS and relevance of the decisions made by the committee to support the overarching objectives.
Phil said: “‘I am delighted to take up the role as Chair of the ECS Steering Committee and I look forward to working with the committee to continue to creatively develop the strategy that will deliver the ECS plan and more. I am keen to ensure that the safety of the built environment is at the heart of everything we do.”
During his term as Chair, Newell McGuiness oversaw a number of crucial developments for the scheme, which now has over 175,000 cardholders. ECS is at the forefront of technology and digital strategy for partner schemes and this will be vital to the continued success of the scheme as ECS becomes more embedded with clients, principal and electrical contractors to improve safety in the built environment. ECS has also been at the centre of an industry move to formalise training and qualifications, raising standards and recognising those who achieve these essential competence-based qualifications.
Andrew Eldred, Director of Employment and Skills at the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), said: “The ECS Steering Committee is extremely fortunate to have secured Phil Wilbraham as its new Independent Chair. He brings with him an exceptional industry track record, knowledge and experience, which will prove invaluable in building on the firm foundations already set by Newell McGuinness.”
Unite National Officer Ian Woodland said: “Phil Wilbraham’s astute knowledge and awareness of the industry and its position in the wider business environment will be a huge asset for the ECS Steering Committee. We are delighted that he has taken on this role and confident that he will enable the committee to continue its progress in working towards its core objectives.”
The work of the Steering Committee has been extensive over the past two years. This has included: