Gas Safe Charity brings together a team of trustees with backgrounds in gas transportation, supply and safety, electrical safety, charity work and management.
Gordon Lishman, Chair
Gordon Lishman CBE has been active in the charity sector for over 40 years. He was Director General of Age Concern and Chief Executive of the Age Concern group. With his team, he influenced government in many areas, benefitting older people through a wide range of services. He helped found the EU’s AGE-Platform and was the International Vice-President of the International Federation on Ageing. In retirement, he chairs his local CAB and is active with the Liberal Democrats locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Gordon is a member of all the Project Review Groups.
Phil Buckle, Vice Chair
Phil was appointed Director General of the Electrical Safety Council (now Electrical Safety First) in May 2009. Prior to this, he served as its Director of Charitable Affairs and was formerly the Marketing and Business Development Director at the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). Phil worked for over a decade in the engineering departments of the Post Office and then BAA plc. During his tenure at Electrical Safety First, Phil has overseen an increase in the charity’s public and political profile, and ensured that campaigns and technical guidance are underpinned by research and ethical principles. Phil holds a Master of Science degree, with distinction, in Management in the Voluntary Sector and is a Chartered Manager.
Chris is a Chartered Engineer and international business manager. He has 35 years’ experience in the engineering certification sector, with extensive product and management systems (ISO9000) certification experience. He spent 30 years at the Lloyd’s Register Group. He was Director of Global Operations in LRQA Ltd in the late 90s and part of the initial start-up team. Since retiring in 2013, Chris has worked as a management consultant in the field of marine and industrial certification. Chris was a member of an EU Regulation Advisory Board for four years, chaired the board in 2012/13 and advises the current chair. He is also a Director of a European Research Association. Chris has a B Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sheffield University.
Clive Jenkin is the Managing Director of his own building and heating company. He trained as an apprentice plumber, gained a degree in Social Science and has been a registered plumber and heating engineer with the CIPE and Gas Safe Register for over 25 years. He still works with his hands on a daily basis in the domestic gas industry. Clive became a lay Magistrate in 1999 and sits voluntarily chairing courts and appraising others within the Judicial Magistracy.
Angela has more than 25 years’ experience in the UK electricity and gas sector, with a particular focus on policy, market arrangements, safety and vulnerable customers. Having started her career at ScottishPower, Angela spent 15 years in a variety of commercial and financial roles, latterly as UK Strategy and External Affairs Manager (Retail, Renewable, Generation and Trading). On leaving ScottishPower, Angela became an independent strategic energy market advisor and concurrently held the role of Director of Gas and European Affairs at the Energy Networks trade association. Angela has chaired and been involved in number of significant industry developments and projects. She was an inaugural Trustee of Gas Safe Charity and was previously the Chairman of the Gas Forum, Vice Chairman of the Gas Industry Safety Group, and Trustee of the Gas Safety Trust and the ScottishPower Energy People (fuel poverty) Trust.
Matthew Penrose, Ph.D
Matthew leads a unit of policy advisers at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) responsible for gas safety, electrical safety, renewable energy technologies and novel gaseous fuels. He has been with HSE since 2000 when he joined as a specialist inspector in biosafety, and has undertaken a variety of inspection and policy roles, including leading UK negotiations in Brussels on European Directives on radiation. In his current role, he is responsible for HSE’s commercial contract with the Gas Safe Register.
Nick Ratty was Head of the Manufacturing, Transportation and Utilities sector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He has extensive experience of regulatory inspection and enforcement across most industrial sectors, as well as product supply, market surveillance and policy making. He has managed investigations and prosecutions arising from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas explosions and illegal gas work. He was Head of Operations for HSE in the West Midlands. Now retired, Nick also serves as a Trustee of Electrical Safety First.
Jonathan is the Chief Executive of the Gas Safe Register. He is a Chartered Manager with 27 years’ experience, principally in the gas, energy and utilities sector. Jonathan began his career as a gas service engineer in 1987 and joined the previous Gas Scheme Administrator in 2002 as a field inspector, progressing to other roles within the organisation. In 2009, Jonathan played a key role in the design and transition to the new Gas Safe Register service for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), where he supported the delivery of the organisation’s operational strategy. More recently, Jonathan has seconded some of his time to design, implement and direct several successful contracts within Capita’s central government services. He is currently in the final stages of a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management at the University of South Wales.
Nick is Corporate Marketing & Communications Director for Capita plc’s Local Government, Health & Property division. He was previously the Marketing & Communications Director for Gas Safe Register, and successfully led a significant, multi-award winning project to develop a behaviour change programme to encourage, enable and support gas consumers to make better decisions, and reduce deaths and injuries. This received a gold award at the 2014 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. With over 20 years' experience working for start-ups through to FTSE 50 organisations, across a broad range of market sectors, Nick is highly experienced in developing insight and data-led marketing communications strategies and plans to engage customer, corporate and employee audiences.
Maureen Nolan FCIS
Maureen is the Charity’s Company Secretary & Administrator. She is a Chartered Secretary with over 30 years’ experience in governance and company secretarial work. She has worked for a range of organisations in the public, private and charitable sectors, including Transport for London, ICSA and Age Concern England. She is also Company Secretary and Trustee of the London Parks & Gardens Trust. Maureen has a BSc in Mathematics and Biophysics, and an MSc in Information Science.