EDA Education & Training Awards 2018

March 9, 2018

Former Communard, Rev Richard Coles, applauds EDA Award winners

Cleric, broadcaster and former Communard, the Reverend Richard Coles, helped celebrate the 2018 Electrical Distributors’ Association Education & Training Awards recently, where outstanding managers from wholesalers and manufacturers were presented with their trophies in front of 550 guests at the Associations’ Annual Dinner on Park Lane.

The next day at a lunch held at London’s iconic Shard, eight high-performing apprentices and employees collected an EDA Learning Achievement Award, as part of the EDA’s National Apprenticeship Week 2018 celebrations.

EDA President Simon Barkes said,

“Choosing our Award winners each year gets increasingly tough as more and more of our wholesaler and manufacturer members take advantage of the Associations’ Education & Training Programme to both attract new talent to their team and to develop their professional skills.

“This year we have a three-time trophy winner: Craig Hiepner of EDA affiliate, Deta Electrical Company Ltd, received two awards as a product knowledge student in 2012 and 2013 but this year took home a manager award.”

The EDA Investor in Training Awards acknowledge the support, commitment, and leadership of managers in one of two categories: apprenticeships, helping to attract new talent to the electrical wholesale sector, and the MOL Product Knowledge Programme, a distance-learning initiative designed to improve employee skills and performance.

Nine managers receive an EDA Investor in Training Award 2018

Our 2018 award-winning managers, some of whom travelled from as far afield as Kirkcaldy and Cardiff, received their EDA Investor in Training Award from EDA President, Simon Barkes, and John Henry, MD of event sponsors EDA Apprenticeships Plus, on Thursday 8 March 2018.

And the award goes to…

Above: Richard Sherin, Group Commercial Director, R&M Electrical, Southampton. R&M is a member of the ANEW buying group.





Simon Hazlehurst

Above: Simon Hazlehurst, Operations Director, LH Electrical, Burton on Trent. LH Electrical is part of the AWEBB buying group.

Tom Taylor, Group Manager, CEF

Above: CEF’s Tom Taylor, Group Manager, Scotland Central Group, North Lanarkshire.

Shaun Skelly

Above: Edmundson Electrical Ltd’s Shaun Skelly, Manager, Cardiff.

Lee Major

Above: Lee Major, Key Accounts Manager, KEW Electrical, Maidstone. KEW is a member of the Fegime UK buying group.

Sean Gilbert

Above: Sean Gilbert, IBA Chair and MD of 7 Core Electrical collecting the award on behalf of Carl Lee, Managing Director, Warrington Electrical Supplies who was unable to attend.

Graeme McNally

Above: Rexel UK’s Graeme McNally, Procurement and Inventory Manager, Kirkcaldy.

Andrew Smith

Above: Andrew Smith, Key Account Manager, Stearn Electric Company Ltd collecting the award on behalf of Sean Miller, Branch Manager, Liverpool. Sean was unable to attend the awards.

Craig Hiepner

Above: Three-time winner Craig Hiepner, Deta Electrical Company Ltd, Luton.

Eight EDA Learning Achievement Award winners celebrate with family, friends and business colleagues

EDA Learning Achievement Awards were presented to eight employees in recognition of outstanding performance in an apprenticeship or Product Knowledge studies.

2018 EDA Learner Achievement Award winners with EDA President Simon Barkes

Above: the 2018 EDA Learning Achievement Award Winners with John Henry, MD of EDA Apprenticeships Plus (back row left) and Simon Barkes, EDA President (back row right).

“Our Awards season spans two flagship events in the EDA calendar,” explained EDA CEO, Margaret Fitzsimons, “our formal Annual Dinner where we celebrate the manager winners and our lunch where we encourage winners to bring their family members and friends to celebrate alongside business colleagues and the EDA Board.

“The lunch recognises outstanding apprentices and product knowledge stars who are tomorrow’s leaders, and by presenting the awards in front of family and friends we help spread the word about the fantastic career opportunities available in the UK’s electro-technical supply chain.”

EDA Apprenticeships Plus, sponsors of the dinner and lunch, were appointed by the EDA in 2011 to manage the Associations’ Apprenticeship Programme.

Levi Craze with Manager Sam Stephens and Michelle McCutcheon at EDA Apprenticeships Plus

Above: Outstanding Apprentice Levi Craze of Devondale Electrical Distributors Ltd, Bideford, Devon,
with his Branch Manager (left) Sam Stephens, and Michelle McCutcheon of EDA Apprenticeships Plus.

Tommy and Gavin from CEF

Above: Gavin James of CEF’s Wishaw Branch with
Tommy Barrett, CEF’s Group Manager, Caledonian Group.

Winner Lynsey with her colleagues from Stearn

Above: Stearn Electric Company Ltd’s award winner Lynsey Clark.
Lynsey wins for her outstanding performance in Product Knowledge Module studies and
celebrates here with Stearn colleagues (l-r) David Schofield, MD, Ben Lincoln and Andrew Smith.

Winner James Barry with Edmundson Electrical colleagues

Above: Outstanding Apprentice from Edmundson Electrical Ltd’s Cardiff Branch,
James Barry, celebrates with friends and colleagues.

Above: James celebrates with his partner Danielle Fisher.

Winner Kerry Simm with her colleagues from Meggaman

Above: For outstanding results in her Product Knowledge Module studies,
Kerry Sims of Megaman UK (EDA affiliated member), with friend Rachel Issacs and
colleagues Glen Krise (l) and Gareth Petley (r).

Winner Tom Simmons with colleagues from KEW Electrical and Fegime UK

Above: Outstanding Apprentice, Tom Simmons of KEW Electrical with
(l-r) Alan Reynolds, CEO of Fegime UK; Michelle McCutcheon of
EDA Apprenticeships Plus; Tom Simmons with his award; Lee Major,
Lindsay Wren and Nik Mulcahy of KEW Electrical.

Above: Outstanding Apprentice Ronnie Walton of Team Electrical
Supplies in Nazeing, Essex, with Team colleagues and (2nd from right)
Mark Lambert, CEO of the AWEBB buying group.

Elise Whiting with her Rexel UK colleagues

Above: Outstanding Apprentice from Rexel UK’s Tunbridge Wells’ Branch,
Elise Whiting, with her mum Anne Whiting (centre) and colleagues.

Award winner Elise with her mum

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