ILP ‘must stop being industry’s best-kept secret’, vows new president Alan Jaques

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) must do more to promote the value and importance of lighting and lighting technology to the wider public, its new president has said.

At a time when the advance of ‘smart’ and connected LED lighting is transforming the industry, the ILP needed to be at the heart of the debate about how these new technologies can best shape the development of public and urban spaces, as well as benefit consumers in their homes, Alan Jaques has emphasised.

The ILP’s important role as the gatekeeper of standards and best practice within the industry was also not well enough understood or communicated.

Alan, (IEng, FILP), is practice manager for lighting systems at Atkins and began his year-long term of office last week [June 14] at the ILP’s Professional Lighting Summit in Glasgow.

He takes over as president from Kevin Grigg (Eng Tech, AMILP), regional sales manager for Urbis Schréder.

Alan said: “It is an honour and a privilege to accept the role of president. I will represent the institution’s members, from all sectors of our industry, to the best of my abilities throughout my year in office.”

Alan emphasised how important it is that the ILP, and the lighting profession as a whole, does more to communicate the value and importance of lighting design and engineering to the general public and industry practitioners, as well as raising awareness of lighting as a career within schools.

“What we do makes a difference, it makes a difference in a way that impacts on everyone’s lives on a daily basis. We need to be better at getting this message out to a wider audience. We are well-known and well-respected within the industry but, externally, we must stop being the lighting industry’s best-kept secret,” Alan said.

The ILP has approximately 2,000 members and is the UK and Ireland’s largest and most influential professional lighting association.

It has a key role within the industry in terms of promoting best practice, professional development and excellence within lighting design, consulting and engineering.

“Our institution is very good at communicating internally, but less good at communicating externally. In order to grow, influence policy and empower our membership, we need to become better and more active in our external communications, and that will be one of my priorities as president,” Alan added.

Kevin Grigg has become immediate past president for the forthcoming year, while Colin Fish (IEng, MILP), who also works at Atkins as lighting technical specialist, has become senior vice president.

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