OFTEC key personnel

OFTEC is led by a senior management team with many years of experience within the heating industry and related fields.


Laurance Coey - Chairman

Laurance became OFTEC chairman in June 2019 and is the CEO of Harlequin Manufacturing Ltd, a leading storage tank manufacturer based in Northern Ireland. Laurance has worked for Harlequin for 25 years, having trained and worked as an aeronautical engineer prior to joining the company in 1994, initially as the production manager. An engineer with a strong commercial understanding, he has since become involved in every aspect of the business.

Laurance’s involvement with OFTEC dates back to 1995 when, as a member of the technical committee, he helped set tank standards and training for the industry.


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 as 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 requirements from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) formerly known as DCLG and the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) formerly known as DECC. 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

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. He oversees OFTEC’s web and social media activity, PR and media liaison, advertising and publishing. He is also closely involved in OFTEC's heat policy work.

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.