Standardisation Manager, Schneider Electric & Chairman, EL001 Wiring Rules standards committee
Gary has been in Clipsal’s employ for over 43 years, after graduating from the University of South Australia in 1973 where he studied Industrial Product Design. Initially taken on as a Detail Draftsman in 1975 for design maintenance in relation to product manufacture, he was promoted into a Product Designer role in 1981 working in the design and development of new electrical accessories.
In 1986 he was promoted to Design Supervisor to coordinate new product design and project management from a team perspective. The role changed in 1992 to Design Manager responsible for all Australian Electrical Accessories and associated product design and development including project management of such.
Significant changes were made in 2001, when his position became directly responsible for all new product (Australian Domestic – includes aspects of Data and C-Bus, Export products and Industrial products) design, development, product maintenance and prototyping, reporting to the General Manager of Engineering.
Being involved directly with the design and development of product series such as Prestige, 2000 series, C2000 series, Slimline switches and socket outlets, Data, C-Bus and 56 series Industrial product has enabled him to have a broad understanding of the relative Australian standards and the required installation practices. Inevitably this led to involvement with the Standards Association of Australia and membership of committees and working groups from 1998.
At the beginning of 2008 he had undertaken a new role within the company, that being the Standardisation Manager, which is to ensure Global and Regional Standards are aligned to the electrical contracting business and electrical accessories manufacture. Opportunity assessment of these global and regional requirements for Australia & New Zealand is communicated to all sections of the business and the installers and specifiers who use our product.
Attendance at Australian and IEC Standards Committees and the communication of outcomes and requirements of such to the business and the wider installer and specifier community is a major role.
Major responsibility is the regional standards in Australia and New Zealand but will also include relevant IEC standards and applications as relevant to Global perspectives.
These include EL001 Wiring Rules and associated Medical Installations, Boats & Marinas, Construction & Demolition Sites, Movable Premises & Caravan Parks and Carnivals & Shows working groups, EL004 Electrical Accessories, and associated Switches, Sockets, Cable Management and Circuit Breakers working groups, and CT001 Communications Cabling and associated working groups. In November 2011 he was made chairman of the EL001 Wiring Rules standards committee.
Also included are EL042 Renewable Energies and associated working groups, with EL041 Lighting and associated working groups, and of recent times, EVO001 Electric Vehicles and associated working groups and EN001 Energy Audits.
IEC committee involvement includes MCB, RCD developments through SC23E WG2 and Electrical Accessories, Switches and Sockets developments through SC23B MT4, MT5 and MT6.