This section of the website is for anyone wanting to find out more about OFTEC and what it does
Since it was launched in 1991, OFTEC has played a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK
and Republic of Ireland.
Our trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers. We also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work. Our online shop, OFTEC Direct, supplies a range of technical books, equipment and clothing products for heating technicians.
OFTEC’s aim is to promote the highest professional standards across the industry and provide efficient service and support
for our customers. As part of this commitment we publish a quality manual which is reviewed annually.
Key OFTEC personnel
Niall Fay – Chairman
Niall became our chairman in June 2017 and is a director of Grant Engineering.
Paul Rose – Chief Executive Officer
Paul has overall responsibility for OFTEC’s strategic direction and day to day operation. He has direct responsibility for the OFTEC trade association, membership, PR and financial matters. He lobbies the UK and Irish governments to promote oil and liquid fuel heating and is the liaison between OFTEC and Eurofuel, which represents the sector at European level.
Paul started his career as a mechanical engineer with Paxman diesels, before moving into domestic heating and providing support for a prominent oil boiler manufacturer. Since joining OFTEC in 2005, Paul has held many roles within the organisation before taking over the role of CEO in August 2016.
Adrian Lightwood – Registration Services Director
Adrian is responsible for OFTEC’s registration and inspection departments and oversees its competent persons scheme (CPS), microgeneration certification scheme (MSC) and PAS 2030 registration scheme. He ensures that OFTEC registered technicians are inspected regularly and that its scheme maintains its accreditation with UKAS, and complies with DCLG and BEIS requirements. Adrian also oversees the OFTEC scheme committee (OSC) and our internal ISO9001 quality management system. Adrian has worked for OFTEC since 2004 and, prior to that, held positions at Worcester Bosch, Stanley Cookers and Aga Rangemaster.
Tim Lock – Technical Director
Tim leads OFTEC’s technical team and represents OFTEC on heating industry committees at national and European level. He also participates in the development of installation standards and working practices.
Tim brings considerable experience to the role, having worked in the heating industry for some 25 years, including five as part of OFTEC’s registration and inspection team. Prior to joining OFTEC, Tim worked for 18 years as an installer of oil, gas and solid fuel heating and hot water systems for a Lincolnshire based family business before moving to a national installation company where he worked as a technical surveyor/supervisor of both traditional and renewable technology systems.
David Blevings – Ireland Manager
David sits on OFTEC’s strategic management team and manages OFTEC activities throughout Ireland, where many of OFTEC’s manufacturing members are based. He promotes OFTEC registration and has regular contact with officials and politicians in the Irish government and Northern Ireland Assembly, lobbying on behalf of the industry. With OFTEC’s Republic of Ireland representative and Northern Ireland local inspector he answers technical queries from OFTEC registrants in Ireland. David has worked for OFTEC since 2004 and, prior to that, worked with a number of prominent Northern Ireland Enterprise Agencies following qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.
Malcolm Farrow – Head of Communications
As part of OFTEC’s strategic management team Malcolm leads on communications and marketing in Great Britain. As part of this he oversees OFTEC’s website and social media activity, events, media liaison, advertising and publishing.
Malcolm joined OFTEC in 2011 after a career that has seen him work in a variety of marketing and communication roles in the charity and public sector. This included for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Suffolk Coastal District Council and, most recently, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.