EETF Chair, Gordon McArthur.
EETF Announces Key Appointments
The Electrical Engineering Training Foundation has appointed Gordon McArthur, managing director of family run contractor WMQ Building Services, as Chairman, and elected Atalian Servest AMK director Mike Stark to its board.
Based in Midlothian (in the east-central Lowlands), the organisation funds training and skills development within the electrotechnical sector in Scotland at a time when professional recognition of electricians is actively being discussed. It was established in 1998 by Scotland's largest construction trade association, SELECT.
Gordon McArthur has served as the managing director of WMQ which employs over 100 people since 2008. The company was recently named by the London Stock Exchange as one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing in the United Kingdom.
He says: "It is a huge privilege to have been asked to take on this important role. The electrical sector becomes more complex and high-tech with each passing year and training must be at the front and centre of everything we do."
Stark says: "I fully acknowledge the central role that training must play if we are to have the skillsets we need to take us forward in a technologically exciting and fast-changing working environment.
"Having mentored employees and apprentices at Arthur McKay, I know that there is a wealth of talent in this country, as well as an enthusiasm for, and understanding of, the potential rewards of a career as an electrician."
Outgoing Chairman, Alex Guyan, comments: "It is with great confidence that I pass the baton to Gordon. He is a dynamic business personality who is acutely aware of the effort we need to make to keep our skills fit for purpose as the sector advances.
"I am very proud of the work the charity has carried out over my term and the projects we have been able to support. I wish Gordon and Mike all success."
Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, adds: "We have been very fortunate in the calibre of the people we have been able to attract to the Foundation and its track record emphasises their skills and expertise.
"I would like to pay tribute to all that Alex has brought to the role and I would like to welcome Gordon and Mike to the team. I am sure they will make an extremely valuable contribution to a very worthwhile enterprise."
In previous years, the EETF had established partnerships with the Construction and Built Environment Challenge (CABEC) and the Prince’s Trust which helps young people across the United Kingdom into jobs, education and training.