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Our spokespeople

Our spokespeople specialise in a broad range of subjects and can help provide comment and expert advice for newspapers, magazines, radio and TV.
Head Office Team:

Kevin Wellman
Chief Executive Officer for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
Kevin Wellman joined the Institute in 1985 to support and develop a number of technical initiatives and activities including seminars; publications and technical enquiries. Over the years he has taken on responsibilities in developing policy; formulation of direction and strategy; corporate social responsibility, negotiating and securing funding streams; managing and developing direct reporting staff. He also directs policy and strategy to the many volunteers who serve the UK Branches and Areas who collectively devote hundreds of days per annum to the Chartered Institute.
Kevin has secured funding for a number of European projects that have seen the development of sustainable technologies and more recently a safety related product to aid the detection of asbestos particles. He is an active participant in the WaterSafe Installer Scheme discussions, sits on the Technical Committee of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and represents the Institute on numerous committees and working groups.

Areas of expertise:

  • General comment on the Plumbing and Heating Industry
  • Training
  • Cowboy traders
  • Public health issues
  • Renewable Technologies
  • Water Conservation

Lesley Challis CompCIPHE AMInstLM Membership Secretary & PA to CEO
Lesley became the CIPHE’s Membership Secretary in 1995, dealing with recruitment of members, applications for membership and Engineering Council matters. She has attended many trade exhibitions assisting with enquiries regarding membership to the Institute.




Areas of expertise:

  • Knowledge of industry qualifications
  • Knowledge of Engineering Council requirements and registration procedure
  • Training courses
  • CIPHE Membership Criteria

On the tools:
Paul Williams Eng Tech LCGI MCIPHE RP Director of Albert Williams Installations CIPHE South Wales Branch secretary CIPHE Deputy Area Co-Ordinator South West area
Paul has worked in the plumbing and heating industry for 18 years. During this time he has worked as a lecturer and assessor in two colleges. He is currently a partner of a plumbing company.
Paul joined the CIPHE in 1995 as a trainee and has helped open a Branch in Carmarthen (2003), which has subsequently grown to cover South Wales. He has been a Professional Standards Inspector and in 2007 received his Master Plumbing Certificate.
Areas of expertise:

  • Bathroom Installations
  • Domestic plumbing and heating

Allan McIntosh
Allan McIntosh EngTech MCIPHE RP Operations & Maintenance Engineer Spokesperson for Scotland Branch
Allan has over 40 years’ experience in the Plumbing & Heating Industry, 30 of these running his own company in Aberdeen which included design and installation of industrial and domestic systems. Allan has served eight years on the SNIPEF plumbing complaints panel as a technical advisor and has also served as CIPHE National President. Certificates held Water Bylaws-Unvented Hot Water-CSCS and has a SNIJIB Technician Plumber Grade.
Allan is currently the Operations & Maintenance Engineer for a large CHP company in Aberdeen. The company supplies heat and hot water to 1500 homes in the city helping to take people out of fuel poverty.



If you would like a CIPHE spokesperson to give comment or expert opinion for publications, TV or radio please contact:

Carol Cannavan
Aspire Editorial
T: 01708 459376
M: 07947 133509

Volunteer spokespeople required:
From time to time, the Institute is contacted by the media when they are looking for a member to be interviewed for a newspaper/magazine article, or to take part in a radio or TV programme. Sometimes interviews take place on the telephone, but in certain cases members would be asked to travel to their local radio station or filming location.
In the past this has involved helping to set up ‘sting’ operations for rogue trader type programmes. In the winter months there is usually a demand for members to take part in phone-in radio programmes, or just give advice on how to avoid plumbing emergencies.
Therefore, we are hoping to build a list of members throughout the country who would be happy to assist. If this is something that you would like to get involved with please contact Carol Cannavan at for more information