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ECA expand technical team for digital buildings and emerging technologies focus

Organisation appoints Darren Smith and Luke Osborne to oversee support and guidance programme focused on new technologies that may support more innovative building services delivery

The Electrical Contractors’ Association has expanded its technical team with the appointment of two new specialists looking at opportunities for digital buildings and other emerging technologies.

Darren Smith has been unveiled by the organisation as a ‘digital building solutions advisor’ with Luke Osborne heading up the technical team’s work on setting out advice around energy and emerging technology solutions.

The appointments are intended to give ECA members stronger insight into developments around energy storage, renewable technologies, digital solutions, as well as important changes concerning infrastructure and cabling that will lead to new tools and guidance being published.

The now five-member ECA technical team is led by director Steve Martin. Other members include technical manager Richard Giddings and senior technical support engineer Gary Parker, according to the ECA.

Steve Martin said that the appointments of Mr Smith and Mr Osborne reflected efforts to better tackle challenges from the ongoing evolution of the electrotechnical and engineering services industry.

He said, “We now have increased expertise and insight into growing markets, enabling us to be a thought leader in the industry.”

“Our newly strengthened team will also help us to develop significant new member services and make sure our members are fully supported on technical developments.”

The ECA said that Mr Smith qualified as an electrician during the 1990s before moving into lecturing on electrotechnical and IT issues. This experience led him to working across the global smart buildings sector.

Mr Osborne meanwhile started at as a mechanical and electrical apprentice with Ford Motor Company before holding a range of technical roles such as a site engineer

The ECA added, “Following completion of an engineering degree with a specialisation in sustainability, Luke ran his own renewable energy installation company, with a particular focus on solar.”

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