Fay takes over as OFTEC chairman

With copies of OFTEC’s Vision for the future of off-grid domestic heating in England and Wales, Niall Fay (l) with OFTEC CEO Paul Rose
Photo by ©Andrew Higgins 2017
OFTEC welcomed its new chairman Niall Fay of Grant Engineering at last week’s AGM and mini-conference. Niall takes over from Nick Hawkins, director of commercial operations at Kingspan Environmental, who has held the post for two years.
Speaking as he passed the baton on to Niall, Nick said:
“It has been another strong year for both our industry and for OFTEC. Boiler sales increased by 15%, further building on the excellent growth we saw in 2015, and industry innovation has seen manufacturers offering low NOx solutions 18 months ahead of the September 2018 deadline.
“With oil prices predicted to remain low for some time to come, we’ve every reason to believe our industry will retain its competitive edge. But we can’t afford to be complacent and OFTEC is already investigating the viability of low carbon biofuels, which we see as the future for our industry.”
“I look forward to building on the excellent contribution Nick has made during his time as chair and to helping OFTEC take its next steps forward,” said Niall.
“Through the technical innovation of OFTEC’s members, and our expanding technician registration base, we will continue to provide the best progressive support and services for the 2.3 million oil using households across the UK and Republic of Ireland,” Neil added.
Other key achievements for OFTEC over the past year include the successful launch of the Tank Safe campaign in association with FPS to encourage consumers to look after their oil storage systems. Also, the continued growth of OFTEC’s competent persons scheme covering oil, solid fuel and renewable technologies, which now has almost 9,000 registered technicians – the highest level since 2013.
OFTEC’s proposals to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction for off grid homes in England and Wales were also officially presented at the annual conference.
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