Meet The Trainers
Andy Camsell has worked in the building services industry since 1986. Initially training as an air conditioning engineer he continued to develop his skills in building services through hands-on installation, maintenance and commissioning culminating in a career in the emerging BMS industry in the mid 1990’s.
Over the years he has held engineering and leadership roles with contractors, technology providers and manufacturers including the position of Technical Manager at Sontay. In 2006 he started a control systems contracting business with two partners and remained managing director there until 2014 before setting out by himself to providing contract consultancy services. His recent appointments include managing the EMEA critical systems environmental monitoring strategy for a large investment bank and building services commissioning manager at a landmark medical research facility in London.
Control systems and BMS are his area of expertise but he has gained a wealth of experience working within the building services industry. He is passionate about innovation and especially the convergence of sensing and IT systems, establishing BMS as a proven technology in the Internet of Things revolution.
John Marrow has worked in the energy management and controls business market for over 25 years. He began his training career in the role as a Technical Trainer delivering both internal and external product training to a wide audience across the world.
Over the years, John has worked extensively with the development of sales individuals and their teams. In the past he regularly attended a European Focus group developing competencies to enable sales teams to become more efficient and effective in the workplace.
Most recently before starting his own Training and Development Solutions Business he worked as the Field Services Training and Development Manager for Schneider Electric UK and Ireland. Together with the senior team his responsibilities included, coaching and developing the senior management team, developing individual development plans for the services workforce, improving key skills for the internal and external sales teams, delivering customer service and creating a competence framework for the technical engineering teams.
John’s key skills can be summarised by the way he interacts with people. He says: ‘’People are your greatest business asset, they are your company, they impact on the customer, they deliver the results, they make the difference. If you don’t take care of them, develop them and empower them then your company will suffer’’.
Steve Harrison is a Royal Airforce time served mechanical and electrical engineering apprentice. He started in our industry in 1989, since then he has worked for Trend, in both sales and marketing roles and was instrumental in the setting up of the Systems Integrator route to market in the UK.
Moving to Product Management during his fourteen years with Johnson Controls, Steve developed a range of configured Factory Fitted Airside Controls across the EMEA Region. Steve’s last position before setting up Blackbuck Ltd was with Belimo AG, this again was in Product Management but was looking in to the future of Building Energy Management Systems. This included communications technology with open and proprietary protocols, both near field and across the Internet of Things.
Blackbuck Ltd was set up in the beginning of 2016, its aim is to specifically support the controls sector to develop further. This includes a consultancy management service, writing and delivering BeMS training, both face to face and online, plus a series of tools to better the presentation of process’s in systems companies including estimating and execution of large projects.
Steve has been involved with the BCIA since the beginning of his career, was an active member of the management committee for over fifteen years and is proud to be a past President of the association.
Patrick Saunders started his working life in 1979, as an apprentice maintenance electrician with Chesterfield Cylinders, a company which started manufacturing high pressure gas cylinders, tubing and special products in 1854. This diverse role gave him a very wide range of experience on high powered low and high voltage (6,600 to 11,000 Volt) electrical systems, machines and equipment. Patrick then transferred into their electronics servicing department, looking after instrumentation and NDT (Non Destructive Testing) systems. After many years he moved into electrical training and technical solutions services, performing in the roles of electrical tutor and process automation systems programmer, before joining British Gas Training in 1999.
Patrick believes it is important to create a teaching environment in which students feel comfortable and relaxed, and as a result adopts a fairly informal approach in the classroom. He feels he is able to empathise with the students since in many cases he has performed the tasks they are required to carry out and therefore knows exactly how to deliver technical information in a manner that makes it easy to understand. His working knowledge and experience also helps in being able to relate electrical theory to practical applications. This, together with his ability to understand the student’s current level of subject knowledge, combines to create an environment that allows people to be more receptive to new information and gain what they need from the courses he delivers.