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Meet the Team

National Executive & AWD Board
Lee Darton: National Chairman
Photo of Lee Darton Lee is the Divisional Manager of Extractability www.extractability.eu who design and install welding fume extraction solutions. He has worked in the industry for over 25 years and he is keen to promote the importance of safe working environments. Lee has represented the BSI as the UK expert on the working group for Part 1: Testing of the separation efficiency for welding fume (ISO 15012-1:2004) and Part 2: Testing of the capture zone of welding fume devices (ISO 15012-2 2000).
Email: national.chairman@awd.org.uk

Dave Ellwood: Company Secretary
Photo of Dave Ellwood Dave is the Managing Director of Britannia Welding Supplies Ltd. www.britanniawelding.com Based in Aldershot, Hampshire. Dave has been in the welding sales industry since 1976. He has been actively involved with the AWD management for 10 years. He served as Chairman and now National Secretary. He was recently instrumental in the transition of the AWD to a limited company. Dave is passionate about welding and supports the industry at every available opportunity.
Email: company.secretary@awd.org.uk

Adrian Hawkins: Finance Director
Photo of Adrian Hawkins Adrian is the Managing Director of Weldability-Sif www.weldability-sif.com with 37 years experience in the gases, equipment, welding consumable, welding and cutting machine markets. Adrian was the AWD National Chairman from 2011 until April 2013. He maintains a keen interest in the safety wear used within the industry with representation of the Welding Institute on the EN 169/175/379 norms standards committees. Currently involved as a member of the HSE Welding Fume partnership tasked with providing a better understanding of the health issues associated with welding fume. Adrian is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management, Professional Member of the Welding Institute, Chairman & Founder of biz4Biz - a Hertfordshire based business support organisation - and a Director and Trustee of the North Herts Studio Schools Trust and Chairman of the Local Governing Body at the Da Vinci STEM School in Stevenage.
Email: finance.director@awd.org.uk

National Council - Chairman
Andy Bridger: Central Region Chairman
Photo of Andy Bridger Andy works for BOC www.boconline.co.uk within their Industrial supplies and services division and is an active member of the AWD. With a wealth of knowledge across the industrial gases and product ranges, Andy is keen promote best practices across the industry.

Gareth Hawkins: South East Region Chairman
Photo of Gareth Hawkins Gareth is Sales Director at Weldability Sif www.weldability-sif.com having worked within the industry for 14 years, and is responsible for UK, Ireland and Overseas sales, managing a team of 8 salespeople. He has been involved with many large projects, providing solutions to application challenges and assisting with the selection and use of alloys and equipment. Gareth is an active member of the AWD's Product Safety & Quality committee (PSQ) and is dedicated to the appreciation of welding as a skilled science.

Darren Isted: Welding World Editor
Photo of Darren Isted Darren Isted has been the Editor of Welding World magazine since June 2014. His publishing career includes 25 years spent in local media, 13 of those as the Editor of a regional weekly series. Along with his role as the Editor of Welding World, Darren is also the Director of Communications for marketing and PR company Jabbercoms, which specialises in providing communications solutions for a range of clients. Businesses seeking further information on the title are welcome to get in contact with Darren on 0330 9001 777.
Email: editor@awd.org.uk

AWD Secretariat
Jennie Mort: Events Co-ordinator / Welding World Exhibition Co-ordinator
Photo of Jennie Mort Jennie has many years experience in the events industry and provides assistance to the Association to assist with the organisation and event management. For the last two years, Jennie and her team have supported the AWD and their Secretariat to organise, administer and provided Event Management for the AWD events calendar including their Annual Conference & AGM, Fume Focus Group Seminars and the Welding World Exhibition.
Email: conference@awd.org.uk

Wendy Barber: Membership Manager
Photo of Wendy Barber Wendy was appointed Membership Manager in April, 2011 to maintain and further expand the Associations' Membership. Her Key functions for this role are to build relationships with existing members, enhance membership benefits and enrol new members. Wendy attends National Council Meetings in her roles as Membership Manager and representative from the AWD Secretariat.
Email: membership@awd.org.uk

Angela Jones: AWD Secretariat
Photo of Angela Jones Wendy is responsible for the day to day running of the AWD Secretariat, along with her colleague Angela Jones. They both offer general administration duties to the Association which includes handling all Membership enquiries, mailings and financial administration.
Email: secretariat@awd.org.uk