NADC Board

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Peter Stacey
Chairman

I started my drainage career in 1970, with a company in north London, in 1975 I started working for Dyno-Rod as Senior field engineer & Forman, from there I worked my way up to assistant branch Manager in 1977 until 1979 when I became a Branch manager, in 1983 I became SE regional sales manager for the next 5 years until I became an independent franchise of Dyno-Rod until 1988 when set up my own drainage company Fullbore Drain Services.

The vast array of the roles I have fulfilled whilst with the Dyno Rod group of companies has enabled me to engage directly in many types of specialist type scenarios all of which were considered to be technical related.

Together with my colleagues who sat on the company owned technical committee, I was involved as well as instrumental in the co-writing of the Dyno Rod Health & Safety Policy.

I personally wrote the surveyors training manual which was subsequently used to train all new surveyors who joined the company.

The class training course which individuals were subsequently put through during their induction to the company was delivered entirely by me alone. Peter is also one of the founders of NADC.

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Phill Mills
Water sector specialist | Adviser and analyst of industry trends, policy developments, opportunities.

I’ve worked with a major water company, a global water consultancy and the industry association Water UK. I’ve seen the industry from the inside and from the perspectives of others.

I’m now running my own specialist consultancy – helping others understand the water sector, and how they can grow their own businesses.

My clients are not necessarily from the traditional water industry supply chain. I’ve helped insurance companies, market research organisations, consumer bodies and building products companies.

I also actively work on stakeholder engagement programmes in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.

Specialities:

Water industry, stakeholder engagement, water and wastewater infrastructure, environmental compliance, policy development, communication, public affairs, customer service.

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Julian Wynne
FM Conway Water and Drainage and Traffic Management Director.

Julian Wynn was appointed in 2017 to lead both the Water and Drainage and Traffic Management divisions. He is responsible for leading the commercial direction of both divisions, which provide services for local authorities, network operators and commercial organisations as part of FM Conway’s highway self-delivery model.

Prior to his appointment as Cleansing and Traffic Management Director, Julian was employed at FM Conway for nine years, primarily operating within our drainage and cleansing team. With over thirteen years’ experience within senior roles, Julian has specialised our

Water and Drainage and Traffic Management’s service to deliver a unique and innovative service. Julian is also a member of the National Association of Drainage Contractors. Julian has nearly 20 years of experience in the drainage and environmental sector, where he gained a good grounding for this with previous roles as safety and environmental advisor holding both NEBOSH and environmental management qualifications.

Through his position, Julian has taken lead on large scale contracts for the company, including HADDMS CCTV and mapping of drainage systems, developing data-led approaches to drainage asset management. Continually striving to develop himself and his team,

Julian continues to invest in our fleet and the skills of our people as part of our self-delivery model and commitment to driving innovation.

Julian is keen for both his divisions to be a market leader and providing these services to many different sectors of external clients.

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Mark Jarvis
Consultant

I’ve now left Severn Trent after 34 years. Much of this was spent working alongside the OFWATregulated business – in particular in financial services as the FCA Approved Person, establishing and then running the property searches business and heading up the team that runs Severn TrentConnect, a New Appointment Company in Aldershot.

As a collaborative and consultative senior manager I have experience in implementing major changes including setting up new businesses, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and building commercial relationships.

I am known for giving honest feedback on the feasibility of project ideas and identifying real business opportunities.
I bring my extensive experience in working with regulatory and government organizations to solve problems and policy issues including advising on the drafting of legislation.
I was a founding board member of Property Code Compliance Board which was setup to create a regulatory framework to enable businesses to provide quality assurance for their products (data reports for property professionals). I have previously been an active Board member of the Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO).

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Benn Houghton
First Insurance Solutions Ltd

Benn has worked in the insurance and risk management industry for over 13 years, with the last 6 years being dedicated solely to the drainage and waste water sector. He now heads up the drainage proposition at First Insurance Solutions and is responsible for delivering and overseeing the insurance protection to hundreds of drainage contractors.

Benn has designed and implemented some of the UK’s leading insurance policies for drainage contractors, and is widely renowned within the insurance and drainage industry for his work within the sector.

Benn has worked closely with Martin, Peter and the NADC for over 5 years, and continues to deliver risk management and insurance advice to members of the NADC, ensuring complete coverage for their business, and ensuring claims are paid in line with expectations.

Specialities

Product design, business development, risk management, insurance,

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Martin Beattie
Vice chairman

Martin has worked in the drainage industry for almost 30 years having started in the summer of 1989. After various positions with Dyno, Drain Doctor, Titmas & JM Murphy (Sewers) Martin formed his own drainage company Accelerated Drain Services in 2004.

Martin is one of the founder members of the NADC and has served as Vice Chairman for the last nine years, he has played a key role in the training and certification programme across the UK and Ireland and also delivers training courses in the south-east.

Martin is currently working with Peter Henley from WRc to produce a new Manual of Drain & Sewer Maintenance which will be published by WRc later this year and heading up the the work for the new NADC web-site planned for the summer of 2019.

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Peter Henley
WRc Domestic Drain Repair Specialist

Peter has specialised in wastewater networks for over 30 years as a contractor and consultant and has led the domestic drainage area since joining WRc in February 2009. He currently presents the Essentials for Managing Drain Repair Course and was directly involved in the most recent revision of the Drain Repair Book 4th Edition in April 2017.

He has worked closely with the NADC to create the Certified Drain Surveyor Course in 2014 and he has represented WRc on various industry working groups covering drainage and sewers.

He has experience as a technical expert witness in the area of domestic drain repair and sewer networks, representing water companies, regulators, insurance companies and local authorities in drainage disputes.

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Bruce Taylor
DAMM Environmental Environmental Health & Safety

I spent 27 years with General Electric covering predominately Environmental Introduction (EMS) Health & Safety standards into the European business.

I retired in 2003 (this lasted 2 weeks) and I started an EHS Consultancy designed to assist small businesses’. In 2006 I merged with DAMM Environmental to support their drainage expansion ambitions.

Training connections with N.A.D.C. were introduced in 2013. My experience brings: Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) / Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001:2015) / 6 Sigma (DMAIC) / Behavioural programmes / Global Star Auditing / Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP).

I’m sorry to say I am a System Person, though I do like the occasional light hearted banter.

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Mike Sheehy
UTS Ltd Ireland

I have been working in the water and wastewater industry since 1998. I am a qualified electronic engineer and gain the most satisfaction when creating solutions for my customers’ problems. Having spent many years working in the contracting side of this industry I gained a lot of valuable experience across a range of equipment and operations covering sewer cleaning, inspection and rehabilitation. In 2008

I left the contracting side of this industry and established UTS Ltd which specialises in the supply, service and hire of a wide range of specialist equipment and machinery used in the maintenance of water and wastewater networks. Drawing on my previous experience, product knowledge and background in engineering, I always aim to deliver the best solution for my customers by advising on the most suitable equipment or designing bespoke solutions where necessary.

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Ian Cameron
Technical Director

Ian has been working within the industy for over thirty years. He has been involved in cleansing, surveying and remedial works on the coal face and in managerial roles involving safety, quality (ISO 9001), estimating, specification, tendering and contract management.

Clients have included South West Water, Highways Agency (HADDMS), Local Authorities, FM companies, Housing Associations and Civil Engineering groups, among many others. He has also worked in close contact with local environmental officers as a consultant concerning section 59 works, often carrying out on site practical training with new officers.

Ian’s interest in IT and experience in CCTV investigation lead to the development of a software application that enables CCTV reporting to the British Standard (BS EN 13508). The application is called Viewline and is simple to use and competitively priced. Viewline have recently gained approval from the WRc for their domestic/light commercial reporting product, Viewline 550.

How to avoid getting burned.

So, you’re spending a bit more time at home due to the lockdown, well done, you are doing the right thing, saving the world from your sofa! Meanwhile, other people realise this and think they might have a slightly captive audience for less than scrupulous scam tactics. Don’t be surprised if your phone rings a bit a more with unsolicited attempts to gain your business. You’ll notice a bit more email traffic on a similar vein. 

Because we value our members’ security and have your best interests at heart, we thought it was a good time to highlight some of scams, tricks and generally dodgy behaviour you might come up against. 

Please also remember if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Also, give yourself 24-hours before you make any decision and do lots of research before you part with your hard-earned cash. Hey, you’ve got loads of time. 

Phishing 

Phishing is one of the most longstanding and dangerous methods of cyber crime. But do you know how to spot a phishing email? 

  • Check the senders email address, really please do this! If the email is from Paypal then it will have paypal in the domain name, so it would look like this somebody@paypal.comIf it was a phishing attempt it might be something like paypal@something.comLooks similar but is not from paypal. 
  • Sometimes the scam involves buying a domain name (anyone can) that is a misspelt yet like the legitimate company’s domain name. An example could be somebody@ paypa1.com, possibly not the best but you get the gist. 
  • Check the grammar. For some reason the quality of English used in phishing emails ican be poor. Look at the overall email and graphics. If it appears wrong in any way, then don’t trust it. 
  • They will have a suspicious attachment. It will look very legitimate. People you don’t know personally do not send you attachments. If anything about the email looks wrong do not click on that link. If you do, then you are likely to be unleashing nefarious malware onto your computer. 
  • Suspicious Links and Buttons. To hide the potentially dubious nature and address scammers might use a button or a link. Ensure you check this by passing the cursor over the link or button and checking out the address that appears at the bottom of the browser. On a mobile device, hold down on the link and a pop-up will appear containing the link. 
  • If you click on a link it might take you to a website that looks legitimate. At this point if you put your username and password in you will probably not get anywhere. However, the phishers now have a username and a password that they will either use or sell to the dark web. This is the reason why it makes sense to have different passwords. 

You need to be thinking that any email you receive could be suspicious. It is difficult, the writer has had experience of emails purporting to be from delivery companies with a link to the tracking number. It looked so legitimate that I nearly clicked on the link before realising that I hadn’t actually ordered anything recently. Another really common one is they type of email that looks like it came from someone you know’s email address. When you click on the link it gathers all your contacts and sends the same email to all of them from your email address. 

Be very paranoid, it might save you a lot of money. 

Tech Support Scams 

Often cold callers, commonly from India, who have noted an issue with your PC. These but can be from anyone and are very common and widespread these days. Scammers use various social engineering techniques to trick potential victims into giving their sensitive information. Even worst, they try to convince potential victims to pay for unnecessary technical support services. These tech “experts” pretend to know everything about your computer, how it got hacked and many other details that help them gain your trust and convince victims to fall prey for their scams. Quite often they’ll direct you to your own Windows system information and persuade you that what you are seeing is evidence of tampering (when it’s not) and try to get some fixing and maintenance money from you. Often, they’ll want to charge a lot but drop their price dramatically and that’s a good sign that they are con artists. You can tell them to piss off at this point as this is complete nonsense. 

  • Do not trust phone calls coming from people pretending to come from tech “experts”, especially if they are requesting personal or financial information; 
  • DO NOT PROVIDE sensitive data to them or purchase any software services scammers may suggest you as a solution to fix your tech problem. 
  • DO NOT allow strangers to remotely access your computer and potentially install malicious software; 

SEO Scams 

With the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO) being widely used, many self-titled “SEO Experts” have popped up, making unrealistic promises and offering guaranteed rankings. Nowadays, you can’t go more than a few hours without receiving some spam email about Search Engine Optimization, or a cold call from an “SEO guru” who can make all your Internet Marketing dreams come true. The best defense against SEO scams is becoming more educate about the subject. 

  • No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google. Avoid any company that makes this claim. This is something you can take on yourself with the use of Google Keyword Planner or SEM Rush. These online tools will help you research the highest performing pages in web analytics to see where you can improve. 
  • Avoid free or cheap trials. It’s just not possible. All they are after is your FTP username and password and then they have control. 
  • Any legitimate SEO company should be able to explain what they will do to your site, as well as outline their link building strategy. If they can’t then avoid them. 
  • They are Google algorithm experts. Of course, they don’t. They might be aware of certain aspects. 
  • The responsibility for success lies largely with you. Fixing technical issues such as checking meta tags, adding H1 tags and updating your sitemap are small aspects. Your site needs good content and good partnering. 
  • Check the reputation of the company. This is harder than you think. Companies use online reputation managers. 
  • Treat this like any other purchase. You would normally make the first contact and compare a number of companies. So, do the same with SEO sales companies. 

So just be mindful of what you are clicking on. Carefully research any claims made. Fine tune your bullshit detector and take your time, there’s really no rush. 

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Drain Clearance

Drain Unblocking, Drain Cleaning & Drain Descaling

When your drainage goes wrong, it can be very inconvenient; blockages, gurgles, slow water draining or bad smells can all make it very inconvenient for you. The best way to get rid of the issue(s), is to call in an NADC certified expert.

If you are in need of a drainage contractor to carry out drain unblocking, drain cleaning or drain descaling, be sure to only use an NADC certified member company.

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Our Mission

  • To drive more business both as a direct result of being a member in the region you operate and by creating new channels.

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Our management board

The NADC Board

The NADC management board is drawn from professionals within the industry covering every level of responsibility. Read More

Technical Training Committee

Benefits of Training

  • Training improves the quantity and quality of the workforce. It increases the skills and knowledge base of the employees.
  • It improves upon the time and money required to reach the company’s goals.

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