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Meet the Team

National Executive & AWD Board
Phil Tranter: National Chairman
Photo of Phil Tranter Phil is currently the Marketing Manager for Air Products www.airproducts.co.uk packaged gases group overseeing activities for the UK, Ireland and the global Offshore segment. With a background in Business/Marketing and Engineering, coupled with 15 years experience within the sector, Phil has held various roles in sales, marketing and project change- management roles. He now concentrates on supporting the development and promotion of innovative products and services to various users of industrial and specialty gases and is passionate about ensuring that welding is seen as an attractive industry to be a part of. Phil sits on various committees across the industry including the SkillWeld group which encourages young welders to demonstrate their skills.
Email: national.chairman@awd.org.uk

Lee Darton: National Vice Chairman
Photo of Lee Darton Lee is the Managing Director of Flextraction Ltd www.flextraction.co.uk who manufacture and supply Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). Lee has worked for Flextraction for 12 years, although has served the industry and shares over 25 years of experience. He is keen to promote the importance of safe working environments and 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.vice.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
Iain Pickles: North Region Chairman
Photo of Iain Pickles Iain Pickles has been appointed as AWD Support Officer for the Northern Region. Since 2008 Iain has been the Marketing Executive (UK Sales Territories) for Welding Alloys; an established flux-cored welding wire and automated welding machine manufacturer www.welding-alloys.com . Iain's role also covers the responsibility for developing distribution channels. Prior to joining Welding Alloys Iain carried out similar marketing roles for other B2B/B2C manufacturers and has been closely involved with distributors throughout his career. Iain is committed in supporting the continued development of AWD membership in the northern region and is also keen to come up with new ideas on improving AWD events, both locally/nationally.

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.

Emily Wright: South West Region Chairman
Photo of Emily Wright Emily is the Managing Director, Safety First Manufacturing www.sfm-tusker.com based in Plymouth. She originally joined Safety First Manufacturing as a PA in 2004. Prior to this, Emily completed her Law & Politics degree at Cardiff University in 2000 and after a short stint managing a pub in Reading, She then worked as a Sales Manager for a waste management company before moving to Devon in 2002 and loves living in the West Country Emily is an ambassador to a local government training organisation and actively encourages young people into the welding industry. Emily Wright LLB, Managing Director, Safety First Manufacturing

Sara Waddington: Welding World Editor
Photo of Sara Waddington Sara Waddington spent several years as editor of Shephard's Unmanned Vehicles magazine and handbook, as well as drawing up conference programmes for Shephard's annual Unmanned Vehicles conferences, Ministry of Defence seminars and UAV Civil Opportunities symposia. She also conceived and launched Shephard's www.uvonline.com news service. She left the Shephard Press in 2001 to join Jane's Information Group as Managing Editor for naval (defence) and maritime publications, responsible for editorial quality and profitability of naval and maritime portfolios. She now has her own company, Brass Trading Ltd, which supplies editorial and consultancy services to clients. In the manufacturing sector, she has been editor of International Sheet Metal Review magazine for over ten years and is now also the editor of AWD's Welding World magazine. Sara is also a director of Merlin Integrated Solutions Ltd. www.merlinis.com which offers a range of marketing, digital media and public relations/market research solutions.
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