Ian Carnall IEng MIET – Managing Director
Ian’s working life began in 1977 as an indentured electrical apprentice with N.G.Bailey, culminating with a HNC/Full Technological Engineering Certificate in 1982. Having undertaken various supervision and on-site management roles, he left N.G.Bailey in 1989 to start his own business, taking him around the world working on various electrical systems, in the main for Motorola.
After several years of globetrotting, working on safe systems of work, Ian decided to turn his attention to home and in particular The Electricity at Work regulations 1989.
In 1996 he became MD of the National Association of Professional Inspectors & Testers, which today has a nationwide membership and is a government sponsored ‘Competent Persons Scheme’ for electrical safety. During this period, Ian gained recognition from the Engineering Council and achieved ‘Incorporated Engineer’ status, reflecting his level of knowledge and experience in electrical safety matters.
Ian joined the Lowe Group (later to become NECTA) in 1998 as MD, with the specific task of initiating and growing a market leading electrical safety department. The organisation expanded over the next 10 years, employing some 250 people, working on bespoke safety systems, for a varied blue chip client base and with a turnover, in excess of £20m. NECTA’s reputation and structured development was recognised within the market place and the organisation was subsequently purchased by Connaught in September 2008.
After 18 months, Ian left Connaught in February 2010 and once again joined forces with his former NECTA colleagues to embark on an exciting new venture – Guardian Electrical Solutions Ltd.
John Quick – Director/Chairman
John has over 40 years experience in the electrical contracting and electrical safety industry. Over half of John’s working experience has been at director level and 11 years has been at managing director level. He has had oversight of multi million pound businesses.
As a key component to enable his later activities in the health and safety industry, he obtained the NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
John has also run his own consultancy business for 5 years, culminating in him joining the Lowe Group (later to become NECTA) as group managing director in 1999. John and his colleagues built the business into a highly respected and profitable organisation, specialising in the provision of complete electrical safety services for a multitude of blue chip clients. This included the design and implementation of safety systems, inspection and testing and remediation of existing installations, design and installation of new installations and the delivery of training to individual and corporate clients.
John has assisted numerous blue chip clients and has worked closely with Axa Insurance providing specialised advice and safety services. He has lectured on electrical safety and related subjects to Lloyds of London, CIBSE and RIBA as well as numerous technical seminars to a combined audience of upwards of 5000 delegates over an 8 year period.
In 2008 the business was sold to Connaught. John joined his former colleagues to form Guardian Electrical Solutions in October 2010.
Richard Roebuck – Finance Director
Richard started training with Wheaters, Chartered Accountants, in 1988, a three partner practice in Rotherham. He gained essential experience, working with a wide range of small and medium sized companies in all aspects of accounting. He qualified in May 1997, before becoming assistant to the partners.
Richard joined the Lowe Group (later to become NECTA) in July 2000 as Company Accountant. Given Richard’s obvious talent, he was appointed Finance Director in November 2000 and became a major shareholder in 2003.
Richard spent the next 8 years helping to build the Company and take it from £2 million to £20 million turnover. During this period, Richard developed the financial systems and processes consistent with external client demand, utilising IT software such as Sage and Estimation. Richard played both a key and influential role in the due diligence process satisfying the vigorous demands of Deloittes during acquisition.
Richard left Connaught in March 2010 and decided once again to join forces with his former colleagues at Guardian Electrical Solutions Ltd in October 2010.
Bill Sutherland MIET – Operations Director/Deputy Managing Director
Bill began his career with Deans Electrical Ltd as a JIB Apprentice Electrician in August 1980, qualifying as an approved electrician in January 1985. He was immediately given responsibility as foreman/supervisor for several construction sites managing all aspects associated with electrical engineering.
Demonstrating a natural leaning towards the academic and safety side of electrical engineering, Bill joined the Lowe Group (later to become NECTA) in November 1998 as an electrical safety inspector. Showing leadership qualities Bill began developing the technical arm of the inspection and testing department, designing competence testing for the inspectors, whilst structuring the internal reports department. This culminated in a unique website reporting methodology, highly customisable for the demands of a varied and demanding client base. Throughout his 11 years at The Lowe Group and from September 2008, Connaught, Bill represented the company as an NICEIC Qualifying Supervisor and principle duty holder and attained distinguished grades in his C&G 2400 and NEBOSH examinations. As the company’s most senior technical and safety representative, he earned respect from both his direct workforce, numbering 150 staff and over 200 end user clients.
Given Bill’s reputation and value in the market place, he decided to leave Connaught and formed Guardian Electrical Solutions Ltd in September 2010, inviting his former colleagues and directors of NECTA on to the board of directors.
Ernie Walker – Electrical Safety Consultant (Non-Executive Director)
Ernie joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 1976 as an electrical inspector, later becoming senior electrical inspector covering the northeast region, with further experience in Sheffield and Humberside. In 1986, Ernie left the HSE and joined a muti-national organisation, dealing predominantly in risk management of major hazard plants throughout the world (including offshore and large chemical installations), principally South America and the Middle East. His position at this time was risk analysis manager. Subsequently, Ernie began to work for himself as a consulting engineer, primarily involved in risk assessment, inspections of electrical installations, training and legal involvement for civil court cases.
Ernie attended a NECTA seminar in the winter of 2003 and was immediately drawn to the professionalism and philosophy of the company. He joined in March 2003, supporting clients on electrical safety and legislative issues.
Ernie joined Guardian in October 2010 as the electrical safety consultant to provide specialist expert advice on compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. At Guardian he re-designed his famous ‘Safe Working’ flowchart which now adorns many a maintenance workshop and substation wall.