Chair: Steve Burley, Director, Derry Building Services

Steve left school in 1972 and commenced my career as an apprentice electrician with Blackburn Starling. Shortly after qualifying as an electrician he became an electrical estimator and then a contracts engineer. In 1991 he joined Derry Building Services as a project manager, and became a director of the business in 2001.

He became the Chair of TESP in 2016 and is also the Chair of the ECA Skills Committee.

Steve says: “I have always enjoyed being able to have an influence in providing people with a career opportunity and watching their development in our industry.”

Vice-Chair: Ruth Devine, Director, SJD Electrical

Ruth is Managing Director of SJD Electrical, a high-growth SME electrical contractor in Milton Keynes.

Ruth is passionate about improving skills and is a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships Construction Route Panel, responsible for the approval of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. She was formerly a trustee of SummitSkills. Ruth helped develop the Electrotechnical trailblazer apprenticeship standard and remains involved in its ongoing governance.

She is Vice Chair of the ECA’s Skills Committee and currently involved in campaigns to encourage more women into the electrical industry, plus the IET’s National Working Group for EngTech Elec professional registration.

She is a volunteer Enterprise Adviser for the Careers & Enterprise Company in the SEMLEP region, strategically supporting MK College and working to improve local employer engagement with education.

Ruth is an alumni of the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 small business growth programme and recently completed her MBA.