Committee Profiles

Chris Bielby

President

Association of Gas Safety Managers

Director of New Energy & Stakeholder Engagement for the Scotia Gas Networks

Chris Bielby, a past President and Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), has spent the past 25 years tirelessly lobbying and canvassing support for gas safety issues, particularly around carbon monoxide as chairman of the Gas Industry Safety Group, Gas Safety Trust and the Gas Task Group. He was president of the Institution in 2005.

Joining the industry in 1972, Chris started his career as a gas engineer before moving into other operational and senior managerial roles. He is now the Director of New Energy & Stakeholder Engagement for the Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), an IGEM Industrial Affiliate (IA) member.

Chris joined SGN in September 2011 to lead on new business, including high profile bio-methane opportunities. Since then, he has also assumed strategic leadership for stakeholder engagement and innovation, both of which have benefitted enormously from his expertise, enthusiasm and positivity.

Claire Heyes

CEO

CORGI Technical Services

Claire has over twenty-five years’ experience in finance, eight of these were spent at CORGI. She was promoted to Group Finance Director at the beginning of 2008. During this time she had responsibility for Finance, HR and IT. She was involved in the HSE bid for the gas registration scheme and subsequent transfer of the service to Gas Safe Register.

Following this she played a key role in the restructure of the company and the set-up of CORGI Technical Services.

Her previous business experience is diverse, ranging from the defence industry to internet service providers, bringing a wealth of business experience. She has always enjoyed focusing on the commercial aspects of the business, working as part of a diverse team, adding value with a common sense approach and a determination to deliver.

Claire is Joint Chief Executive at CORGI Technical Services, sharing this role with Bill Paton.

Trevor Batt

Technical Expert

CORGI Technical Services

Trevor has nearly thirty years’ experience in the gas industry since joining British Gas in 1983. He worked as an engineer until 1992, before leaving to join CORGI the gas safety regulator in 1992 as an Inspector.

Since 2001 Trevor has been working with clients in the social housing sector to assist them in delivering a secure and robust gas safety management regime. He has worked with Housemark assisting with their workshops and helping to launch the Gas Safety Benchmarking service in 2010.

An Incorporated Engineer and Carbon Monoxide Incident Investigator, Trevor has also attained CIH qualifications in Housing Maintenance to enable him to understand the needs of housing providers.

Kevin Winship

Technical Expert

CORGI Technical Services

Kevin has over thirty years’ experience within the gas service industry. He worked as a British Gas Service Engineer for twelve years before joining CORGI in 1991 as an Inspector. Kevin progressed within the organisation and began work as a Technical Safety Manager in 1998. He has subsequently been promoted into his current position.

Kevin’s focus is to promote an understanding of gas safety management and to improve systems within Local Authorities, Housing Associations and larger gas contracting organisations. Kevin has developed an extensive knowledge of gas management processes both from a technical and housing management perspective.

He is able to provide simple, practical, solutions to help overcome the barriers preventing good service delivery in the management of gas safety. Kevin is also a qualified Carbon Monoxide Incident Investigator.

Kevin is an accomplished public speaker and has established himself within his field. He has considerable experience delivering technical training seminars to the Residential Social Landlord sector. Kevin is frequently invited as a guest speaker at seminars and conferences to speak on gas safety related issues.

Mark Baker

Contract Manager

CORGI Technical Services

Mark Baker joined the CORGI Technical Services team in 2013 as a Contract Manager.

Mark has nearly 40 years of experience with British Gas, working in his final role as a Regional Technical Manager for Central Heating Installations (CHI) providing a national link between the Business Integrity Unit and the CHI as part of the senior management team. Mark is a qualified and experienced CO incident investigator and has worked closely with the Health & Safety Executive in the investigating of incidents and the preparing of reports. With a detailed knowledge of standards, regulations and procedures within the gas industry, Mark has also trained, coached and assessed engineers, managers and team leaders within British Gas across the UK.

Mark provides dedicated support to CORGI clients, managing contracts in the Midlands and South West.