June 25, 2022


A SCOTS electrical business veteran has been elected as the new President of SELECT, Scotland’s biggest building trade physique.

Alistair Grant pledged to place apprenticeships and regulation of the sector leading of his agenda following taking up his post at the association’s AGM earlier this thirty day period.

Alistair established his relatives-run enterprise, Alistair Grant Electrical, in 1982, and has crafted a status in Moray, Aberdeenshire and throughout the Highlands.

(L-R) SELECT Immediate Past President Donald W. Orr and new President Alistair Grant.
Alistair Grant (R) normally takes above the function from predecessor Donald W. Orr.

Mr Grant, who is based in Lhanbryde, Elgin, said: “One of my primary ambitions as President of Select is to drive forward its campaign to introduce safety of title for electricians.

“The association’s Wall of Support now has a lot of politicians, organisations and fellow electricians signed up, agreeing with us that it is not safe to undertake electrical work if you are not a competent electrician, but we will need to retain up the strain.

“I’m also interested in functioning with the faculties to boost apprenticeships.

“I’ve had 15 apprentices via my company in my time and it’s so significant to nurture new expertise for our marketplace.

“I would also like to get far more associated with the many Pick out committees that look at alterations in other field rules and laws.”

Mr Grant – who will be in post for two several years – has formerly been Chair of SELECT’s Inverness and North of Scotland Branch and has also served as Deputy Vice President and Vice President of the association.

He replaces Donald W. Orr, who has been Choose President due to the fact September 2020 and now results in being Rapid Past-President, changing Kevin Griffin. 

The AGM also saw Mike Stark, Director at Atalian Servest AMK, elected as Select Vice President.

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Mr Orr explained: “The sector has been as a result of a turbulent time period in the training course of my presidency and it is now edging into recovery, a delicate time in which Alistair will have skills and the talent to guideline us into a new period for the business.

“He understands the marketplace within out and has been an unstinting contributor to the interests of electricians and firm homeowners throughout the region. Select, as an affiliation, could not be in superior fingers.”

Pick out Taking care of Director Alan Wilson reported: “Alistair takes up the reins at a time when the great importance of the business to broader culture has never ever been higher.

“Recognition that the long term is electrical has been heightened by the progress in electrical car use and the changeover to a net zero carbon atmosphere, in which electricians will perform a important part.

“It is fantastic to have been equipped to attract a gentleman of his calibre and depth of experience to be the figurehead and community encounter of our organisation.

“Alistair obtained his electrician’s quality card virtually half a century in the past and considering that then has crafted up an award-winning enterprise.

“He epitomises the Find ethos of putting the customer’s interests and safety first and foremost.

“Outside of his functioning daily life, Alistair has been a talented musician and a revered football coach for additional than 18 yrs.

“A much more rounded person would be difficult to come across and we are confident that his tenure will be a excellent success.”