Meet the Team


  • Howard Porter

    Chief Executive

    Dr Porter is the CEO of BEAMA, the Trade body for the UK electrical manufacturing industry. He has been in this post for 10 years. He is the Chairman of the implementation board of the Each Home Counts review of residential energy efficiency. He has several accompanying roles: Member of the ORGALIM board, the Brussels based industry body for the electrical and mechanical industries and chair of EURIS a multi association industry led group monitoring the changing relationship between the UK and the EU. He has a particular expertise in energy and the use of energy, with DPhil in the energy efficiency of housing, with an early career in research at the Building Research Establishment.

    Show Biography
  • John Parsons

    Digital and Technology Manager

    John Parsons is Digital and Technology Manager at BEAMA, taking on this post following a number of roles across BEAMA since joining in 2003. He is currently leading WP3 Technical Requirements for Smart Charging for the EVET project as well as Chairing BSI L/13 Smart Energy Systems Coordination Group. John leads on Building Information Management (BIM) and cybersecurity at BEAMA and has oversight of the Flexible Energy Systems and Networks Portfolios. Part of his role will involve understanding the impact of digitalisation on BEAMA members and how BEAMA should respond to this. John has been involved in the energy industry for 40 years working on many innovation topics such as fuel cells, gas turbines, microgeneration, CHP, flexibility, smart metering, smart grids and smart homes.

    Show Biography
  • Colin Timmins

    Director of Technology Sectors

    Colin Timmins is Director of Technology Sectors at BEAMA. In this role, Colin manages overall project and service delivery to member companies through the technology sector groups, and has direct responsibility for the Ventilation and Heating Controls groups, as well as the residential sector group of eu.bac (European building automation and controls.) A Chartered Engineer with a background in building services engineering, he has 30 years’ experience in strategy development, project management and policy influencing in the low carbon energy and building sectors.

    Show Biography
  • Yselkla Farmer

    Director of Public Affairs

    Yselkla has been at BEAMA for 8 years, working across the association managing groups for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Smart Grids, Connected Homes and Storage. Now Yselkla’s role links to all BEAMA sectors, ensuring a co-ordinated strategic approach is delivered for our policy and regulatory work. Central to Yselkla’s role is ensuring a consistent strong voice for our members in the development of Government Policy, Regulation and Political debates. Running BEAMA’s public affairs work within a central policy team has ensured a one BEAMA voice for all our sectors. Fundamental to Yselkla’s role is maintaining close working relationships with our European Trade Associations, relationships which will provide a solid foundation for UK industry’s input into EU policy and regulation post Brexit.

    Show Biography
  • Andrew Willman

    Chief Operating Officer

    Andrew is BEAMA’s Chief Operating Officer as well as Director of Legal, Finance, Economics and Compliance, having been BEAMA’s Legal Adviser and Company Secretary for many years. Andrew manages BEAMA’s operations as a company and business and leads the team providing cross-BEAMA functions in legal, finance, statistics, economics and compliance services. He also provides guidance to BEAMA members in a variety of legal, trade and regulatory issues. In addition to his role on the BEAMA Board, Andrew represents BEAMA on a number of government and industry committees and working groups.

    Show Biography
  • Raj Vagdia

    Technical Director

    Raj Vagdia is the Technical Director at BEAMA responsible for horizontal and cross portfolio technical policy, standardization policy and conformity assessment policy. Raj represents BEAMA on several industry groups both at National and European levels including the Orgalim Technical Committee which covers product directives such as the Low Voltage Directive. Raj also represents BEAMA on a number of strategic standardisation committees and is the UK Member of the International Electrotechnical Commission Conformity Assessment Board (IEC CAB). Raj joined BEAMA in July 2012, having previously worked at an independent test and certification body and prior to that at a wiring devices and circuit protection manufacturing company. An Engineer with a background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Raj has several years of experience in product testing, certification and standardisation.

    Show Biography
  • Emmanuel Amoakohene

    Head of Statistics

    Emmanuel Amoakohene is Head of Statistics at BEAMA

    Show Biography
  • Jeremy Yapp

    Head of Flexible Energy Systems

    Jeremy Yapp began his professional life managing an independent retail business. He worked for some years as a Hansard editor in the Australian Parliament and then in several energy and environment policy areas in the UK Civil Service, including the Smart Metering Implementation Programme. For BEAMA he manages the Flexible Energy Systems sector, representing the supply chain of smart metering, IoT, energy storage in buildings and EV infrastructure.

    Show Biography
  • Nick Hayler

    Head of Building Electrical Services

    Nick is keen on engagement between himself and the members of BEAMA, whilst encouraging succession to enable the UK to continue its development of standards, regulation into the future. Has over 12 years of experience as a BEAMA member, contributing to Product standard development in the UK, EU and globally. An experienced Engineer within Electrical product design and tooling manufacture. Nick has over 25 years of experience in the Electrical Industry working for a well-known UK Privately owned manufacture of Cable Management systems. Utilising his Prince 2 qualifications to improve time to market, reduce costs and ensure product safety is paramount. Managed BIM implementations, digital transformation projects thus enabling businesses to move forward and improve the reach of their commercial and technical data. Nick has a strong IT background and has gained many qualifications from CISCO and Microsoft. In his own time Nick runs a small business making bespoke items such as lamps, furniture, and home décor.

    Show Biography
  • Kevin Ray

    Head of Heating & Ventilation

    Kevin joined BEAMA in September 2018, taking on the role of Portfolio Manager for the Underfloor Heating, Water Treatment, Water Softeners, Electric Heating & Hot Water and more recently the Water Safety and Hygiene Groups. Prior to joining BEAMA Kevin spent the last 10 years working within the homes division of Honeywell. Responsible for product management and application support with a team of product specialists reporting to him. This across an ever growing and very technical group of products and in a very dynamic market. Prior to his time at Honeywell, Kevin has held marketing, product management and engineering roles across a number of manufacturing companies. This wide spread of experience, across several industries, gives him a very commercial and real life view of the products and markets that BEAMA represents and will allow BEAMA to bring real value to the members it represents in these groups.

    Show Biography
  • Chris Stammers

    Portfolio Manager

    Chris Stammers is the BEAMA Portfolio Manager. He is responsible for developing an expanding service to member companies affected, or concerned about , the growing number of non-compliant electrical installation products placed on the UK market which are compromising safety, energy performance and reliability requirements. As part of this role Chris also oversees the electrical product anti-counterfeiting activities BEAMA undertakes in China, Africa and the Middle East. Chris is also responsible for the commercial management of the BEAMA UK electric space and water heating portfolio Before joining BEAMA Chris accumulated 35 years’ experience in Market Insight , Marketing and product development roles in the electrical appliance Industry.

    Show Biography
  • Patricia Massey

    Digital & Technology Manager

    Patricia Massey is the Digital and Technology Manager at BEAMA. With 28 years electrotechnical manufacturing experience before joining the BEAMA team she now manages many technical areas for BEAMA members including Smart Meters, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and HVAC. She contributes to many varied areas of guidance, directive and standards development including the new data ISOs and standards relating to product testing, building safety, export, data, digital transformation, and environmental challenges. An IET Built Environment Panel Member and Editorial Board Member of the Plain Language Guide for Manufacturers. She is a longstanding B/555 & CEN/TC442/WG4 member responsible for the preparation, revision and amendment of British Standards for digital definition, representation, presentation and exchange of information and knowledge within the Construction industry. Patricia is also a proud UKBIMAlliance Ambassador.

    Show Biography
  • Rob Waythe

    Head of Beama Electrical Infrastructure Project

    Rob started in the industry at the age of 17 working for South Wales Electricity Board. He left the utility in 2000 when it was taken over by Western Power Distribution, having seen it through privatisation and purchase by Welsh Water in the intervening period. Rob had several positions during this time, including planning engineer and was Senior Authorised at 11kV. His last position was in the Asset Management team where among other things he had responsibility for the South Wales 11kV network Asset Replacement programme. Having left the utility industry, Rob joined the manufacturing industry and worked for several companies in sales, business development and other commercial positions where he gained UK, European and global experience. During this period, Rob had a short 2-year sabbatical where he became the Electricity Engineering Manager for a multi-utility IDNO business. He has had a long 20-year relationship with BEAMA sitting on technical committees, management committees and latterly sitting on the BEAMA board. On his new role, Rob says "I am very proud to now be working with BEAMA as the BEAMA networks lead, and to take BEAMA networks forward into BEAMA Electrical Infrastructure in answer to the changing market environment in which our members operate and innovate."

    Show Biography
  • Simon Harpin

    Head of Policy

    Simon has been at BEAMA since mid-2011, working across the association including managing groups for Water Treatment, Water Safety & Hygiene and the Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group. As well as supporting the work of many other product groups across all sectors, Simon has also contributed to cross-BEAMA work including compliance and safety. He is now Head of Policy with responsibility for Heat and Energy in Buildings, Building Regulations, Transport, and Compliance and Safety policy. Simon works as part of the Policy and Marketing team to advise members on policy developments and influence Government and other stakeholders. He has an MA in Public Policy. Email:

    Show Biography
  • Charlie May

    Head of Marketing

    Charlie has been with BEAMA for just over 5 years starting out as the marketing assistant to then becoming marketing manager. Charlie manages all the companies marketing activities which includes events, campaigns, content marketing, and outreach, website development and our online and offline marketing strategies. Her aims for the business is to align the company’s branding across all media, reach the right audience with the right messages, and increase BEAMA’s brand awareness as the knowledge portal for the industry, as well as enhancing our online presence through our social media platforms. Prior to joining BEAMA she worked as the marketing assistant for the Light Industry Association and attended Greenwich University where she received a BA Hons in Marketing and Advertising Communications.

    Show Biography
  • Laurence Glaze

    Marketing Coordinator

    Laurence is the Marketing Coordinator at BEAMA having joined in early 2022. He will be working closely in the Marketing and Policy team to assist with the editorialising and publication of articles and reports. He is also responsible for BEAMA’s online marketing activities such as website development and upkeep, controlling our social media platforms, and maintaining customer databases. Laurence had previously worked at a BEAMA member for 7 years in a customer facing position, giving him a background in product knowledge in one of our key sectors, and a working knowledge of producing and maintaining customer documents.

    Show Biography