Meet the Team
Having gained over 12 years’ experience within the UK High Voltage private networks market, Michael has undertaken a wide range of roles including administration, business development and operational management. Michael is passionate about growing organisations in a sustainable way where the employees are an essential part of its future success. Michael believes in creating a culture of continuous improvement and ensuring that the service offered to customers is industry leading.
As Managing Director, Michael is ultimately responsible for the EAST Solutions business and the people that work for the company. These responsibilities include setting the businesses strategy and creating an environment to achieve this. In addition Michael has overall responsibility for the business management of the company and ensuring that the company delivers value for all of its stakeholders.
Andy has been in the electricity industry for 37 years, starting out as an apprentice Electrical Fitter with the local electricity board then moving up to a Foreman in 1988 and an Electrical Engineer in 1994. During this time as an Engineer, Andy worked on maintenance and construction projects as well as on fault repairs in Scotland and the Lake District following storm damage. In 2009 Andy moved to another engineering firm to Project Manage a portfolio of Grid and Primary Substation refurbishments. Andy then moved to EAST Solutions in 2010.
As the O&M Director at EAST Solutions, Andy currently manages a national portfolio of maintenance contracts as well as the engineers that service them. Andy remains operational and is a fully authorised 33kV SAP as well as EAST Solutions appointed Authorising Engineer.
Project Delivery Director
Ben has been undertaking technical works associated with the electrical distribution network up to 33kV for over 11 years. This has included site supervision and management, installation, inspection, testing, certification and commissioning of LV and HV electrical installations. Ben is conscientious, knowledgable and forward thinking, with a proven track record for being fully committed to health, safety and the environment. Ben is self-motivated and believes that working as a team is vital for success.
As the Project Delivery Director Ben is responsible for overseeing the Project Delivery team, from supporting the tender stage of a project, through to delivery and successful completion. This includes ensuring safe working practises are followed and an exceptional quality of work is delivered on time and to budget. Ben is a fully authorised 33kV SAP and EAST Solutions appointed Assessing Officer.
Michael brings a wealth of experience to the team, with over 10 years spent working on both DNO network upgrade frameworks and new connections from LV to 132kV. Before getting into the Power industry Michael worked in several hands on engineering roles which has given him a solid grounding in ensuring designs are both safe and practical. After moving to an ICP & EPC contractor in 2015, Michael has expanded on his excellent reputation with clients and DNO’s across the UK.
Michael has joined EAST Solutions as Technical Director to develop the existing in house Design and Commissioning capability to offer clients both an increased range of professional design services and enable the construction side of the business to increase our competitive presence in the market. As an experienced Chartered Engineer who has led the design on many ground breaking projects, having Michael on board ensures we continue to be at the forefront of industry developments and standards, meaning our clients receive the best possible technical solution at the most competitive price.
Business Development and Purchasing Manager
David has over 5 year’s experience in the electrical engineering industry having undertaken a number of roles within Purchasing and Sales. This has involved working on a national basis across the UK within both distribution and manufacturing. This varied work experience has enabled David to develop relationships and gain a vast number of contacts from many sectors within the industry.
As the Business Development and Purchasing Manager, David operates in a dual role which compliments the aforementioned skills obtained from the last 5 years. David’s main responsibility for this role is to provide new avenues of business whilst maintaining and building current clients relationships. In addition David supports all sales related activity within the business. In regards to purchasing David works with the supply chain to ensure EAST are achieving both efficiency and value for money from all buying activity.
Alistair has over 15 years’ experience in the accounts industry having studied and worked at various accounts practices in Kent and Norfolk. Having gained this experience and a varied base of skills from working across different sectors, Alistair joined EAST Solutions in 2014. Alistair started as an accounts administrator and has progressed with the business into the current role of Finance Manager.
This role requires Alistair to be involved in all aspects of the company’s financial management including payroll, credit control, forecasting, budgeting and year end accounts. As a member of the management team, Alistair undertakes an important role in the day to day financial management of the business.
Sarah has over 10 years’ experience working in Health & Safety, Quality and Compliance. This experience has been gained working in a variety of different industry sectors. Sarah is a fully qualified Internal Auditor and an active member of the IIRSM East Of England Group.
At EAST Solutions Sarah is responsible for all quality and compliance issues within the business, including the management of all health, safety and environmental activity across the company. Sarah has extensive experience in HSE legislation guidance and internal auditing, alongside accreditation management and process implementation. As a member of the businesses management team Sarah is at the forefront of the organisations approach to health, safety and environmental management and the ongoing effort to continually improve the company’s approach.