David Hodges was chairman of the CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries) for 24 years after joining the Board in 1980. He was educated in Sevenoaks and at South East London Technical College, where he gained a full tech., and completed his apprenticeship as a development engineer with GEC Elliott Automation, working on power station control and monitoring systems.
After a short period at the SIRA Institute as a research technologist, he joined Chubb as a project engineer working on electronic security systems, including its large security projects, and became surveillance divisional manager running the CCTV operation.
In 1976, he joined the SCTE and, two years later, joined a CAI member, Kindue, as technical director. He became involved with the CAI and joined the CAI Board in 1980. At that time, he had the opportunity to develop some entry communications systems and, as result of this work, Blakeglow Ltd. was formed. Over the years, he has moved into the installation field and so sees the industry both from manufacturing and installation viewpoints with Blakeglow Systems Ltd.
During the past few years, he has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Society and presented with its Tom Hall award. He has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the CAI and was presented with the John Summerfield award. In July 2018, he was awarded the IEC 1906 award for his work in Standards.
Dave currently represents the SCTE on BSI, CENELEC, IEC Standards and represents CENELEC TC209 in ETSI ERM17 Committees. He is Chairman of the BSI Technical Committee Cable Standards EPL100/04 and convenor of CENELEC TC209 / IEC TC100/TA05 working group 1 safety. He is also Chairman of the SCTE’s Standards and Technical committee.
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