CEF’s Chris Ashworth to serve an extended term as EDA President

Chris Ashworth’s role as President of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has been extended until March 2023. Chris, CEF Director of Operations, who took over as President in December 2019, will lead the Association’s Board of Management for longer than the usual two year term of office.

Stearn Electrical Co Ltd’s, Charlie Lacey, will also continue in his role as Vice President until March 2023 and, along with former President, Simon Barkes, MD of BEMCO, form the EDA’s Presidential Team.

“It has been a strange time to be President of an industry organisation. The event calendar has been decimated and there hasn’t been the opportunity to meet in person over the past year,” explains Chris. ”We have, however, adapted our ways of engaging with our members and had excellent exchanges of information and dialogue using platforms such as Zoom and Teams. There have been many new and challenging issues through the pandemic and of course Brexit, it has been a privilege to work with the EDA team as we help members to navigate through troubled waters. In many respects, the virtual engagement with members imparting relevant and topical information for these challenging times has been greater than ever.

“I am delighted to continue in the role as the sector moves through recovery and, all being well, to reintroduce the face-to-face events and forums that were such a mainstay of the Association’s work. Like everyone, I am keen to get back out there and to catch up with our members in person.”

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