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Industrial Forum for Electrical Engineers

Encouraging open debate between electrical engineers on current practices and asset management issues

Date: 12th September 2019
Venue:  Capenhurst Technology Park, Capehurst, CH1 6ES

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Forum Agenda

About the Forum

The Industrial Forum for Electrical Engineers was initiated in 2004 by EA Technology.

The Forum was designed to actively encourage open debate and shape ‘Best Practice’ between UK based Electrical Engineers from a wide range of industries within the private sector.

The Forum provides an open and friendly environment in which members are encouraged to contribute to discussions on current practices and asset management issues, and continues to be an effective and important platform for cross-fertilisation of ideas between engineers from a variety of sectors.

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The presentations from February’s Industrial Forum are linked below:

Examples of topics discussed at recent forums:

Asset Management


SF6- HV Switchgear

Our 2019 Industrial Forum Speakers

Andy Graham

Reece Safety Products

Andy has enjoyed a career running large-scale manufacturing operations prior to acquiring Reece in 2013. He now heads up Reece Safety who specialise in Lockout Tagout products and services to a very wide cross-section of industries and have served this market now for nearly twenty years. He will share Reece Safety Products’ experiences in working with companies who have refined the process of safe isolation into an effective safe system of working.


Paul Crawford

PBSI Group

Having started his career as an apprentice electrical engineer in 1973, Paul is now a senior manager with MV switchgear Division of PBSI Group which specialises in replacing or refurbishing legacy Air and Oil Circuit Breakers with new Vacuum Circuit Breakers. Previously he was Bid Strategy Manager for Schneider Electric looking after over 20 External Engineers specialising in the supply and servicing of MV Switchgear.



Gary Evans

SP Energy Networks

Gary has over 39 years’ experience of working within the distribution electricity industry. He was an SAP operating and commissioning switchgear up to 33kV for 15 years and latterly was a District General Manager in Wrexham. In his current role, he is responsible for operational compliance with the Scottish Power Electrical Safety rules and has audit teams based in both Scotland and North Wales.


Philip York

PBSI Group

In March 2018, Philip became Group Managing Director taking responsibility for the switchgear activity in addition to the relay business. Philip also represents PBSI at the British Electrical Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) and to the Industrial Advisory Group for the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UoM. Philip joined the management board at PBSI in 2009.



Neil Beaumont

Lightsource BP

Neil has 18 years of experience in the energy industry,working across a variety of industry sectors including manufacturers (GE), supplier (E.ON) and consultancies (EIC). He joined Lightsource BP in 2017, with focus on developing and delivering private-wire (behind the meter) PPA projects for C&I customers in the UK; helping to deliver over 10MW of renewable power projects during this time.



Jonathan Lewin

EA Technology

Since 2012, Jonathan has been Head of Analytics within Oil Diagnostics. With a core capability in Forensic Engineering and Oil Analysis and Interpretation, Jonathan has developed a deep understanding of electric networks and condition assessment techniques. Jonathan is a member of the Institute of Asset Management (MIAM) and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).


Ian Holmes

EA Technology

Ian has almost 30 years of experience working within the electrical industry in both LV and HV environments. Ian heads up EA Technology’s Earthing and Lightning Propositions. He has a vast experience with performing earthing and lightning protection audits worldwide for customers such as BP, Sullom Voe Oil Terminal, MOD sites, and Sellafield (reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning) site.


Chris Lowsley

EA Technology

Chris leads the “LV Solutions” business within EA Technology where its primary focus is to help customers run reliable LV networks, minimise the impact of faults and actively manage LV network risk.



Tony Byrne

EA Technology

Tony Byrne is a Lead/Principal Consultant in the Smart Interventions Department of EA Technology. He has over 40 years’ experience with an electricity network operator and EA Technology and is able to provide technical and practical advice to clients on a range of projects. He is an experienced project manager and this reflects in his work with developing new policies and procedures, failure to defect investigation remedial action, initiating and managing R&D projects and auditing plant and documentation.

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Suggested Hotel

Please note that we have reserved rooms for anyone attending the Forum at the Hallmark Hotel The Queen Chester.

There is a special rate negotiated which is applicable until 6th August 2019.

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“The event was very much like a breath of fresh air- very informative and engaging.”

Fergus Sligo-Young, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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