SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2021

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PEOPLE NEWS

EMEC Appoints Vanessa Lloyd As Leisure Manager For The UK

STA’s CEO Honoured With Outstanding Leader Award At this year’s 2021 UKActive awards, STA’s CEO Dave Candler was honoured to receive the coveted Outstanding Leadership Award, which is a special award, voted for by the industry. Dave was appointed CEO in 2016 and along with his senior management team has transformed STA. In recognition of this, STA won ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the 2019 UKActive awards, but then everything changed when the country was forced into lockdown because of the pandemic. As a not-for-profit charity, STA wholly relies on income from its membership, qualifications, and award sales, so when COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and pools closed, it goes without saying that this was a very worrying time for the organisation. For Dave and his team, business survival had to be STA’s priority, but then as the weeks passed and

the reality of the pandemic truly hit home, it soon became clear that STA’s members and swim-schools were wholly reliant on the organisation too to lead and guide them through these unprecedented circumstances. “Swimming has been one of the most impacted sports (Sport England: 2021) during the pandemic, so, it’s fair to say that it has been one hell of a rollercoaster journey, and we are by no means out of the woods yet, but STA is proud of the route it took in prioritising the needs of all those involved in delivering grassroots swimming. If there are any positives to come out of the pandemic, it’s how we’ve all come together as an STA family to support each other – long may this continue,” said Dave. STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk

The team at EMEC have supported the UK wet leisure industry with the supply of chemical dosing equipment, technical expertise, and on site services for over 25 years. Keen to further strengthen this offering, the Lincolnshirebased company have recently welcomed a new member to the team. Vanessa Lloyd joined in July having worked in the industry for the previous ten years. “My main focus during my time in the industry has been water treatment having found this area to be fulfilling to work in. Working alongside EMEC whilst holding a position with a distributor, I was already aware of their professionalism and quality of product,” said Vanessa. Explaining her remit, she continued: “Chemical dosing is challenging to get right and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my role which is solely focused on helping customers manage the whole process from selecting equipment, on budget and fit for purpose, right through to installation and after sales services. “In my experience of supplying this equipment, the challenge is selecting products which meet the operators’ expectations as well as industry guidance and ensuring that it is installed and operated in a safe and correct manner. “What’s clear is that supplying equipment doesn’t start and end with delivery and installation, that’s just one part of the overall challenge. We know that operators are most satisfied when equipment is specified and installed with their expectations, requirements and ability level in mind and when it’s serviced and maintained in line with recommendations. “I’m here to build on that and help provide customers a quality service wherever I can.” EMEC Pumps 01529 300567 www.emecpumps.com

ISPE One-Day Seminars To Return In November The ISPE has presented 123 of its popular one-day seminars since the first one in 1981. The tried and trusted format has provided a platform for learning, an opportunity to network with other ISPE members and colleagues plus have a very enjoyable day. ISPE is delighted to announce that after the various lockdowns, the next ISPE Seminar (their 124th) will take place on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at the Hilton Hotel in Cobham, Surrey. This will be a new venue for ISPE but it has always been the intention to move the seminars around the country where possible to attract and encourage members and others from different parts of the UK to attend.

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Following a warm welcome back to live events from ISPE President, Phil Barlow, FISPE, Ian Betts, FISPE from PoolConsult will look at the first of two presentations he is giving on the day, ‘Methods of Concrete Swimming Pool Construction’. Will Dando, FISPE from Plastica Ltd, will then look at the options for ‘Vinyl Pool Liners’. Phil Barlow, of Phil Barlow Swimming Pools will then take to the stage with a presentation about ‘Closing Down Pools for the Winter’ which is a brief tutorial on methods, equipment and chemicals used. Howard Gosling, FISPE, who has spoken at many ISPE seminars over the years, will give an update on the latest COVID advice relating

to swimming pools, spa pools and hot tubs, both in regard to maintaining adequate residual disinfectant, pH and also cleaning regimes. Ian will then return for his second presentation, ‘Thermal Cracking and Expansion Joints in Concrete Pools and Crack Repairs’ (another catchy title!). Programmes and booking forms will be sent to ISPE members and are available on the ISPE website. All members and non-members are very welcome but places must be pre-booked. ISPE 01603 499959 www.ispe.co.uk

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