Issue 32 – October 2011
John Kelly from Standards New Zealand is this year's recipient of the Electrical Safety Organisation's (ESO's) 'Tom Leong Meritorious Safety Award'. John was delighted to receive the award, which was presented to him by Leong at a recent ESO meeting. The award recognises John's contribution to the development of electrical safety Standards and his international standing in the Standards community.
ESO executive director Michael Chopping says, 'John has been a stalwart for electrical safety since joining Standards New Zealand in 1993. His knowledge of Standards development and his natural ability to work effectively with all parties involved in the process has made him a valuable and highly respected member of the electrical industry.'
John has worked almost exclusively on electrical Standards development since 2001 and is responsible for New Zealand's input into AS/NZS 3000. He has also been responsible for Standards development work under contracts with Energy Safety, Radio Spectrum Management, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. Many of these Standards have been developed as joint AS/NZS Standards and John has also led the development of a number of New Zealand-only electrical Standards and amendments to joint Standards.
Prior to 1993, John worked for 28 years as an electrical engineer in the RNZAF, which included work on US, British, Canadian, and Australian military Standards. He also worked for 5 years as the New Zealand manager for Lear Siegler, the US company that undertook the avionic upgrade of the RNZAF Skyhawk aircraft.
This article includes information summarised from Electrolink September – October 2011.