Board of Management

Meet our current Board and, at the foot of this page, you can also meet those who led the organisation from 1914. The first President of the EDA's forerunner, the Electrical Wholesalers' Federation (EWF), was Mr R. W. Smith of Drake & Goreham Wholesalers (1914 - 1918).

Leading your Association

All experienced senior leaders, the EDA Board represents the interests and views of the membership at a strategic level as well as helping to communicate and share the work of the Association across the sector.

To support the work of the Chief Executive and EDA team, each Board member has responsibility for a key aspect of the Association’s work including Regional Business Forums, Apprenticeships, the EDA Product Knowledge Modules, affiliated membership, and marketing and communications.

Introducing the President and Board

Chris Gibson

Rexel UK Ltd
EDA President
March 2019 to March 2021

Chris Gibson, Projects Director at Rexel UK Ltd, became EDA President on 7 March 2019, taking over from BEMCO’s Simon Barkes.

Here Chris gives an insight in to the focus of his two year term as President,

“In a year where the commercial landscape of Europe will change combined with the changes in technology it is critical as an Industry we have clarity as to how best we service and support our customers.

“Over the two years of my tenure I will look to ensure the EDA Board continues to support its members and affiliates with the tools and network of expertise to allow them to embrace opportunities and continue to develop our people so they are equipped to ensure the electrical wholesaler remains a critical part of the supply chain.

“Through the 12 training modules and focused educational support of learners to the EDA’s expertise and development of ETIM to help drive the digital agenda we are continuously looking to support the membership during changing times.

“I would urge all members to explore the support provided by the EDA and take the opportunity to help develop your business through the services available.”

Simon Barkes

Simon Barkes

BEMCO
Managing Director

Chris Ashworth

Chris Ashworth

CEF
Director of Operations - Hinckley Region

Alan Dunnet

Alan Dunnet

Holland House Electrical Co Ltd
Chairman

Margaret Fitzsimons

Margaret Fitzsimons

EDA
Chief Executive

Simon Booth

Simon Booth

ETC Electrical Supplies
Managing Director

Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson

LEW Electrical Distributors
Managing Director

Dan Poole

Dan Poole

Phase Electrical Distributors Ltd
Purchasing Director

Glyn Prestwood

Glyn Prestwood

Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Commercial Director

Charlie Lacey

Charlie Lacey

Stearn Electric Co Ltd
Managing Director

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