AEMT - Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades

President's Message

Gary Downes - AEMT President

It is a great honour and pleasure to become AEMT President and to follow in the footsteps of the illustrious list of previous presidents of this great organisation. In particular, I feel privileged to become the first Associate member to become President in its 72-year history.

This would not have been possible with the support of the council and its previous presidents and I would especially like to thank Graham Brooker and Dave Hesketh for championing the role of Associates on council and facilitating my rise into officer positions within the AEMT.

Thanks also to the Secretariat for their support and congratulations to Thomas on become the secretary to the AEMT. I am pleased to say that the Secretariat is now both well-resourced and well-tasked going forwards to meet the needs of this growing organisation.

As an Associate, I am in the fortunate position that I regularly meet with many members that are my customers and potential customers, so I am constantly aware of the state of trade and issues that are concerning the membership and are also able to continue to promote the organisation in my day-to-day business dealings.

I am looking forward to ensuring that members continue to proposer from their AEMT membership and, in particular, I am keen to see further progress in the following areas:

  • The AEMT “brand” to continue to stand for quality, fairness and trustworthiness and to be promoted nationally and internationally to ensure end-users are aware of the AEMT and will choose AEMT members over other organisations as their chosen service partners.
  • Work with manufacturers as they introduce new technology to ensure our members remain their primary, trusted, service partners for the industry.
  • Working with other similar trade associations to effect global standards and political process.  Only by having a global voice can we truly protect all of our members interests.
  • Improve on the range and depth of training provided for members and for the AEMT to do so in a cost-effective way. We are also looking to provide an improved apprentice scheme and to try harder to attract much-needed youngsters to the industry.

All-in-all, I’m sure it will be a challenging year, but with the help of the council, its various and active sub-committees and the Secretariat, I’m sure it will be a rewarding and successful one!

I do hope to see and meet with you at one of the many events being organised and particularly at our flag-ship Awards night in November, which will take the AEMT to a new level of event that will help promote the entire industry on many platforms.

Finally, the AEMT council, and roles on its sub-committees, are always available for members who are interested in helping to improve the AEMT. So, please get in touch if you would like to play an active part in the AEMT’s future and together we can ensure the AEMT continues to prosper for the benefits of all its members.

Gary Downes