Changes to EDA Board of Management

April 26, 2016

At its AGM on 10 March, the EDA announced two new appointments to the board after the resignation of two of its members. It also appointed Simon Barkes as Vice-President to succeed Tom Jones when he completes his two year term in March 2017.

Having completed successful two-year terms, Geoff Kerly of Kew Electrical and Terry Yallop of CEF resigned from the board to concentrate on activities in Fegime and CEF respectively. EDA President Tom Jones thanked them for their input and commitment, in particular their success in increasing their organisations’ engagement in the activities of the Association.

Two new appointments were made: Chris Ashworth, general manager for the Hinckley region at CEF; and Dan Poole, director of Phase Electrical Distributors Ltd, which is also a member of the Fegime Buying Group.

Ashworth brings 30 years of electrical wholesaling experience to the table. After a short flirtation with electrical contracting, he joined the Redditch branch of CEF in 1986 as a van driver and has been with the company ever since. He is currently general manager of CEF’s Hinckley region, which comprises 76 branches. Also, he has spent time in Germany managing a similar sized business. Ashworth is no stranger to the EDA – he has been an EDA Ambassador since November 2014 helping the EDA spread the training message throughout the industry. He is also an active member of the EDA Trade Business Services Apprenticeship Trailblazer which is working to create a standard for the industry. Chris is married with two children and enjoys watching and trying to play most sports.

Dan Poole joined the wholesaling sector 21 years ago as a van driver and after seven years teamed up with three colleagues to create Phase Electrical based in Hastings in 2002. Fourteen years later, Phase has a network of six branches and a turnover of £15 million. Phase joined the Fegime buying group five years ago. Dan is an active member of the Fegime UK Board and was chairman last year. Poole says: ‘I hope that my involvement with the EDA Board will help to make a positive difference for the wholesaler members of the Association and the affiliate members too.’ Poole and his partner of five years, Hayley, have five children between them ranging from 11 to 22. He enjoys all sports and in particular likes a round of golf, watching rugby and cheering on Crystal Palace.

You can see the full EDA Board of Mangement here.