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Electrical Safety First is the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. Our aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely.

  • Location: London, SE1
  • Salary: Voluntary
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We campaign on behalf of consumers and electrical trade professionals to improve safety regulation and make sure that safety messages are appropriate, up to date and well communicated. We also provide expert information and advice to help people protect themselves from faulty, damaged, sub-standard and poorly maintained electrical installations and appliances.

We are recognised by government and industry as the leading campaigning charity and technical authority on electrical safety. We have a strong relationship with the Office for Product Safety and Standards, who lead Government policy on product safety, standards and accreditation. We also work closely with experts in a range of fields including manufacturers and retailers.

As a consumer-facing campaigning charity we call for better regulation of online marketplaces, we also run award-winning consumer campaigns to inform the public against the risk of recalled or counterfeit appliances.

We are also seeking clarity on the regulations in a post-Brexit Britain relating to imported electrical products and ramping up our expert information and advice as we push towards the UK’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Electricity will play an increasingly important role in our society with electric vehicle and smart devices increasing in use, yet many consumers are unfamiliar with the risks.

Who we are looking for

We know that great governance and great people are at the heart of a successful and sustainable organisation. We are a diverse board of 13 Trustees. Each of us also play an important role in one of our committees. Two Trustees complete their term of office this year. We are looking to replace the expertise we are losing with similar skill sets. New Trustees will both have strategic vision. One will have a Consumer Affairs background with the confidence to critique and challenge our approach to engaging key target audiences. The other new Trustee will bring a commercial / business background, but most importantly the strategic vision and ability to help us reflect on and manage our business activity.

We are committed to further increasing the diversity of our Board and are in particular would like to broaden the age and social background characteristics. Having different consumer perspectives on our Board will bring an additional layer of richness to our debates and discussions.

The time and desire to engage fully is important to us, so attendance at four board meetings per year, and another four committee meetings, is critical. You must be able to give on average one day per month to this role.

Our work has a positive impact on every person in the UK and we would like you to help us increase this impact.

In return for your time and energy we will commit to ensuring that you are trained in charity governance and what it is to be a good board member. There will also be opportunities to network with other charity Trustees at conferences and other relevant events.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners: 

Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690 184

Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th March 2021

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Welcome from the Chair, Andy Chaplin

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee at Electrical Safety First (ESF). I’m delighted you’re considering joining us and you’ll be doing so at a pivotal moment in time for ESF as we contemplate life after the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESF is a national charity (small by some standards) which has a hugely positive impact on policy and practice ensuring a safer environment for anyone using electrical products and installations in and around their home.

We campaign tirelessly throughout England and the devolved nations for safer electrical products and safer home environments where they are used. During the past year, by way of examples:

  • The charity has secured greater protection for millions of private sector tenants as a result of Parliament agreeing to legislate five-yearly electrical safety checks by landlords throughout England.
  • In Scotland we championed legislative change which will lead to the introduction of a central, major-product recall database for consumers​
  • We have campaigned for a safer online market place coinciding with a seismic shift in the proportion of products now purchased online
  • We try to time our campaigns at key moments in the year depending on the target audience. Take a look at “Nan knows Best” which has led to a drop in electrical fires in Manchester and a higher number of people registering products and responding to recalls in the North West.
  • We are proud that a number of key Parliamentarians have described ESF as the “Go To Authority” on all matters relating to the safe installation and use of electrical products around the home. In this regard we work closely with the Office for Product Safety and Standards

There are many other achievements I could list delivered by a brilliant staff team led by CEO Lesley Rudd and alongside her management team Emma, Jennifer and Martyn.

I joined the Board of ESF five years ago and took over as Chair from my predecessor, Alison, in the Autumn of 2020. We have built a strong and passionate Board with people from a range of differing backgrounds, but all committed to their responsibility to guide and help ESF to flourish.

We’re looking for new Trustees and have a particular interest in hearing from potential trustees:

  • Who can contribute a lived-experience perspective of consumers in the on-line marketplace. It’s probable that you work in Consumer Affairs helping shape related Communication activities. You’ll almost certainly have gained a first-rate understanding of how modern media and engagement channels operate.
  • Who have had an impactful commercial or business background and where it’s likely you’ve had a senior leadership role. You’ll recognise what it takes to achieve results through developing a strong team ethos. You have probably gained those experiences and consequential skills in an industrial or commercial setting (and which is not limited to the electrical industry).

To reflect our broad geographical presence, we welcome interest from candidates regardless of current location. During the past year all of our meetings have been held virtually but in more normal times they are usually held in London. Trustee positions are not remunerated but reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed.

I want to encourage applications from both experienced charity trustees and those who may be looking to take on their first Charity Trusteeship – and if this is you, we can assure that we’ll put together a comprehensive induction to get you fully up to speed. Ultimately you will be forward-thinking and almost certainly a team player. Collaborative by nature and keen to support the executive team to deliver on our charity’s objectives and to continue making a difference.

If you’d like to bring your skills and expertise to support us, we’d love to hear from you.

Kind regards and be sure to stay safe.

Andy Chaplin
Chair

Our aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely

Chief Executive recruitment for Electrical Safety First (ESF)

Electrical Safety First is the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. Our aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely.

We campaign on behalf of consumers and electrical trade professionals to improve safety regulation and ensure safety messages are appropriate, up to date and well communicated.

We provide expert information and advice to help people protect themselves from faulty, damaged, sub-standard, and poorly maintained electrical installations and electrical appliances.

We are recognised by government and industry as the leading campaigning charity and technical authority on electrical safety.

Our vision, mission and values

Electrical Safety First, executive recruitment

Vision

For everyone in the UK to use electricity safely.

Mission

To help prevent deaths, injuries and damage caused by electricity by:

  • Communicating with the public about the risks and ways to prevent them.
  • Working with industry, government, and other stakeholders, to minimise risk through changes in policy and practices, and delivery of expert information and campaigns.
  • Underpinning work with solid evidence.

Values

Electrical Safety First has five core values which help shape our culture. The values influence our decision making, and the behaviour of the people that represent us.

We will be:

Expert – we draw on a wealth of technical and campaigning experience and a robust evidence base.

Influential – we apply our expertise and leading industry position to achieve measurable and positive change.

Impartial – we are equitable and inclusive in our relationships with people and industry to improve safety.

Inclusive – we are here for everybody in the UK who wants information and advice about electrical safety.

Current – we ensure that we offer the public and industry the very latest information and constantly update our advice to reflect this.

Strategic priorities

The four strategic priorities which determine the direction of Electrical Safety First and condition our activities for the period of the strategy are:

  1. To ensure the Charity is the “Go To” organisation for electrical safety.
  2. To campaign for the safety of electrical infrastructure and associated connected devices equipment.
  3. To contribute to the development of regulations and standards that support the safety of consumers of electrical installations and electrical products.
  4. To protect and develop our income to maintain and increase our impact whilst adhering to the values of the charity.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th March 2021
    First interview: Tuesday 23rd or Wednesday 24th March 2021
    Interview with Appointments Committee: Thurs 8th April 2021

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