Hamworthy Boiling Point Autumn Winter 2018

11 Products that perform | Service that delivers | People that care  @hamworthy  @heatingatwork  hamworthy-heating-ltd  HamworthyHeating How did you become president of the EUA? I’ve been involved in the HHIC for many years and became chair of the Boiler Manufacturers Group of the HHIC in 2016. Mike Foster, CEO of the EUA, invited me to become EUA president which I happily accepted, being inaugurated as vice president in May 2017 and then president this year. What are your plans as president? As president, part of the EUA policy is making sure to focus on specific strategic topics. While this typically means we look at how to influence and advise on legislation, I have taken a different approach, especially given my role as first female president. My presidency is a great platform for raising awareness of the gender gap and future talent attractiveness for our sector. And what I mean is not positive discrimination. If you look at the industry in general, the average age is relatively high which means in five to ten years, many people will retire. We want to attract new talent to the industry. Look at it like this: We’re currently only appealing to 50 per cent of the population which means we’re missing out on 50 per cent of the talent. No-one is really joining together, and what we need to do is promote the sector to schools and universities. There are big challenges ahead, like decarbonisation of heat and digital manufacturing. The HVAC and building services sectors need to ensure they have the ‘young appeal’. There are plenty of different roles available, as well as engineering there are commercial, marketing, logistics, management and admin roles. The problem is, we’re not very well understood as an industry. All the regulatory demands being made on the industry and the project-based work makes it an incredibly changing, diverse and interesting sector to be part of. What advice would you give women who would like to get started in science? 1. Listen at school and don’t be put off by the difficulty. Subjects such as maths and physics might seem challenging, but they’re logical if you persevere. 2. Always ask questions. 3. Look beyond the traditional roles. If you’re good at science, try to find out what roles are out there. There is a varied range: roles in engineering, commercial, marketing, logistics, project management, technical, production, there’s something for everyone. 4. Don’t think about science as an isolated field. Transferrable skills are key. I especially found problem- solving skills you develop in maths and physics beneficial. They open more job opportunities and train your brain. Elaine, thank you for the inspiring responses. We’re looking forward to seeing your plans taking shape in the coming months. Our sector is often overlooked, although we play an important part. As you said, we’re facing challenges that can only be solved if we attract more talent to the industry and build a more sustainable culture, in both respects: environment and people. Want to improve your industry knowledge? Book a CIBSE accredited CPD seminar for you and your colleagues today and we’ll even provide the lunch. Courses available: • Best practice heating and hot water plant refurbishment • Energy saving in commercial heating and hot water • Best practice in domestic hot water (3 modules) • New boilers and old heating systems: Hydraulic design - A story of separation hamworthy-heating.com/cpd “ Very informative and actually the best CPD event I have attended. ” “ They are time well spent. ” M3 M4 M5 M1 M25 M40 M20 London Northolt Norwich Birmingham Manchester Nottingham Cardiff Brighton Plymouth Newcastle Edinburgh Glasgow Poole Leeds Coming Soon Reading Get hands on training with Hamworthy’s boilers We can provide training onsite or you can attend a course at one of our training centres. The course will guide you through the servicing and fault finding of Hamworthy products to ensure they are operating at their maximum efficiencies. New courses launching in 2019 – register your interest today. hamworthy-heating.com/training