EDA Investor in Training Award winners celebrated at Annual Dinner

March 12, 2024

The EDA’s annual Education & Training Awards were presented in front of 570 guests at the Association’s flagship Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 7 March 2024 in London’s Park Lane. EDA Investor in Training Award winners are hand-picked from thousands of managers in wholesaler and manufacturer businesses across the UK for their impressive commitment to developing their teams using the Association’s module and apprenticeship programmes.

Association President, CEF’s Chris Ashworth, said: “Congratulations to this year’s EDA Investor in Training trophy winners. These leaders are delivering positive change in their businesses through the portfolio of professional training that the Association offers its members and affiliates.”

Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA, added “Choosing tonight’s award winners has been harder than ever as competition is fierce. Demand for apprentices remains healthy and turning the EDA’s training modules into e-learning via The EDA Academy has seen a surge in demand with twice as many wholesaler branches using them in 2023 than in the previous year. Overall, the number of organisations using the modules has increased by 50% over the same period.”

Happy Birthday: Stearn Electric Co Ltd celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year
Thank you! Raising £7,300.00 for the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC)

With the big cheque: Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO at the EDA, with Grace Ellis, Director of Welfare at the Electrical Industries Charity.

Martin Whiteside of B2BE Limited takes home the raffle price
Neal Hooper, MD at Aico Ltd,
is this year's Principal Guest
Special guest campaigner and fundraiser
Claire Lomas MBE shared her inspirational story

Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA CEO, welcomes EDA businesses and their guests


EDA President Chris Ashworth, and CEF's CEO, toasts "The Guests"


The King! Claire Curran, President of BESA, proposed the Loyal Toast

Claire Curran, BESA President (2023-2024)

2024 EDA Investor in Training Award Winners

Champions of the EDA Product Knowledge Modules and/or the EDA Apprenticeship Service
Simon Mooney, Managing Director (Projects), Park Electrical Distributors Ltd
Simon Mooney, Park Electrical Distributors, part of the ANEW buying group
Paul Steer, Regional Director Devondale Electrical Distributors Ltd (part of Grant & Stone)
Paul Steer collecting the Award on behalf of Lee Warren, Devondale Electrical Distributors Ltd (part of Grant & Stone), part of the AWEBB buying group
Lyndon Sinnett, Group Manager CEF Ltd
Lyndon Sinnett, CEF Ltd
Robin Weaving, Profit Centre Manager Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Robin Weaving, Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Accounts Administrator, CDR Electrical Wholesalers Ltd
Carla Santos, CDR Electrical Wholesalers Ltd, part of the Fegime UK buying group
Rae, Potarzycka, HR Director
Rae Potarzycka collecting the Award on behalf of Amanda Rippon, Rexel UK Ltd
Kate Booth, Manager at Stearn Electric Co Ltd
Kate Booth, Stearn Electric Co Ltd
Mark Ashworth, Joint Managing Director ABM Electrical Wholesale Ltd
Mark Ashworth, ABM Electrical Wholesale Ltd (The IBA Buying Group)
Tom Jones, Channel Partner Director Kempston Controls
Tom Jones, Kempston Controls
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