Principal Technical Author
NICEIC & ELECSA
Tim started in the electrical contracting industry in 1978, working to the 14th Edition, and served a five-year apprenticeship. Having gained the standard City & Guilds 236 qualifications (Part 1, 2 and ‘C’) he spent time in the contracting and maintenance departments. Through further training, Tim added a MSc in Building Services Engineering, and a B.Ed. with Honours, and subsequently spent sixteen years lecturing, delivering courses including, National Certificates, C&G 2400 Design and Verification, C&G 2391 Inspection and Testing and HNC. Leaving lecturing behind, Tim became a Senior Engineer with Electrical Safety Council in 2006, and now currently holds the role of Principal Technical Author with CERTSURE, where he is responsible for the technical output of NICEIC/ELECSA including all ‘Connections’ articles, books and certificates. Since 2007, Tim has been a member of FSH 12, FSH12-1 and BSI Committees dealing particularly with BS 5839-1 and BS 5839-6, and is also a member of JPEL64 and is the Chairman of Sub-committee B (Thermal Effects) of JPEL 64.
When he does find some spare time, Tim enjoys cycling, walking his dogs, and being a grandparent, and following the highs and lows of Hull FC.
Head of Technical Regulations
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Mark Coles served his apprenticeship as an electrician with the UK Atomic Energy Authority and worked on many projects including the decommissioning of Windscale Piles 1 & 2, decommissioning of the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR), Cement Encapsulation Plant, commissioning of THORP (Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant) and the Auto-Sampling Pneumatic Transfer System at Sellafield, Cumbria.
He studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at London South Bank University, subsequently worked as Contracts and Project Manager in electrical contracting at Canary Wharf and then held the post of Operations Engineer with NICEIC.
Mark is Head of Technical Regulations at the IET and is responsible for the development of BS 7671, IET Guidance Notes and Codes of Practice.
Currently, Mark is convenor of international committee IEC TC 64 MT 9 and CENELEC committees CLC TC 64 WG 9 and CLC TC 64 WG 21, he is also Secretary to JPEL/64D, UK sub-committee dealing with external influences to electrical installations.
Other activities include articles for the IET publication Wiring Matters, articles for other IET/trade publications and public speaking engagements.
Whilst a familiar face in the electrical industry, Neil’s career has been somewhat varied.
As a fresh-faced youngster, Neil moved to Cornwall and started working as a Holiday Park Entertainer, singing, presenting hosting kids clubs and even dressing up as a fluffy tiger. Although it is nowhere near the electrical industry, his entertainment background gave him more confidence in customer service and dealing with the public.
With a surname like Crook, Neil thought it was best to change careers and join Devon and Cornwall Police where he remained PC Crook for ten years.
Having retired from the police in 2010, Neil has worked for some of the biggest manufacturers of lighting, cable glands, enclosures and is now the director of one of the largest electrical heating manufacturers in the UK.
James Dewane has been in the Electrical Industry for over 25 years, having served his apprenticeship in Ireland. After his thriving company collapsed, he discovered that the Domestic sector was a virtually untapped market, because most people in the trades believed it difficult to get work in. James threw himself into learning everything he could about local marketing and spent a small fortune on workshops, seminars, magazines, mastermind groups, books, online training, he applied everything he knew and created another successful company, and subsequently became the ‘go-to’ electrician in his local area. James is now retired from the tools and after writing, the No.1 bestselling “The S.P.A.R.K.S Blueprint to Marketing” he now spends his time teaching marketing and mentoring fellow Electrician on how to grow profitable local businesses.
NICEIC & ELECSA
Jake graduated through the NICEIC’s Apprentice Academy, working for Anvil Energy Saving Installations, whilst learning his trade at Bedford College under the tutorship of his now colleague and mentor, Darren Staniforth. Jake has experienced all aspects of the trade carrying out work on Solar PV, agricultural installations and commercial sites, including testing large student accommodations. He also worked for a major national FM company, managing a large team carrying out works in the commercial sector all over the UK.
Jake joined NICEIC & ELECSA in November 2017 as a Trainee Marketing Engineer where he will complete his traineeship assisting the marketing department to deliver its goals during a demanding and testing year that sees the changes to BS 7671. Jake’s journey through all departments of the group will enable him to gain the required knowledge needed to help the contractors we serve.
Robert Llewellyn, found fame as Kryten in BBC's sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, and as presenter of Channel 4's Scrapheap Challenge. His fascination with engineering was further piqued when he first drove an electric car and Robert launched Fully Charged - a TV series dedicated to the future of energy and transport - in 2010. After a slow start, Fully Charged has now passed through 50 million episode views on YouTube, with ~3 million episode views in January 2019 alone. Fully Charged is now an incredibly fast-growing global channel with audience members across the world and is the 'go-to' platform for energy and transport companies that are looking to launch their latest technologies.
Training Development Manager
NICEIC & ELECSA
With over 30 years in the electrical industry, Nik has an extensive range of contracting experience and is a qualified and respected training manager and technical presenter.
Apprentice trained, Nik has worked on a range of contracts across the private, public and commercial sectors. Following a period of sole trading, Nik joined a national workplace service provider and held the position of NICEIC Qualifying Supervisor for a number of years. Recruiting new engineers and providing technical support and training on installation practices, inspection, testing and certification, were key parts of the job.
Moving into the education sector, Nik gained his Cert Ed and ILM qualifications and became the Commercial Training Manager at one of the largest further education colleges in Norfolk. During his 14 years there he developed a range of accredited and bespoke training solutions for a diverse customer base including national and international businesses. Specialist training was provided covering the following areas:
- Electrical installation
- Electrical isolation
- Industrial electrical maintenance
- Legislation and compliance
As member of the IET, Nik joined Certsure in 2018 as National Training Development Manager and is responsible for the development of new training programmes for the NICEIC / ELECSA brands.
Technical Engineering Manager
John O’Neill is the Technical Engineering Manager for Certsure.
John has owned and operated a large electrical systems integrator, and has undertaken the roles of Electrical Design Consultant and Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. He was previously employed as an NICEIC Area Engineer, supporting contractors through the assessment process.
John currently manages the Technical Operations Team, responsible for the Technical Helpline, all scheme certification decisions and represents Certsure on JPEL/64/C (Protection against Electric Shock).
A professional trainer with more than 15 years’ experience, with a passion for technology and teaching David has worked with a variety of companies in a range of diverse industries from electrical to retail developing training for all types of learner.
David believes strongly that “Training and continual education has a vital role to play within any industry especially in an industry that is led by new and emerging technologies.” Specializing in creating and tailoring the learning experience to have the maximum impact whether designed for the retail, wholesale or end user both in the public and private sector.
Most recently David has focussed on CPD training development including smart technologies such as the innovative ClickSmart, smart building control solutions.
Group Senior Technical Development Manager
NICEIC & ELECSA
Darren started his electrical life in the early 90’s as an apprentice electrician. After completing his apprenticeship across a number of Domestic, Commercial and Industrial projects Darren moved to Bedford College to complete his higher education and qualify as a lecturer. He decided to change career paths again and took a job as a QS and Contracts Manager with one of the largest domestic new home electrical contractors in North London looking after teams of around 65 engineers and installers.
In 2006 Darren joined NICEIC as an Operations Engineer, assisting with all technical matters across the group. His current role as Senior Technical Presenter sees Darren develop and present technical topics at all NICEIC & ELECSA events and TechTalks.
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