Steve Webster joins OFTEC with more than 30 years’ experience, having begun his career as a research and development engineer for a large telecoms company where he gained an extensive knowledge of engineering processes and control systems.
During this time, Steve undertook a property renovation project and developed a passion for plumbing, heating and heating control systems which led him to retrain and qualify as a heating and plumbing technician.
Steve set up his own business in 2006 focusing on the design, installation and maintenance of oil, gas and renewable heating and plumbing solutions. With a firm belief in the importance of demonstrating competence and professionalism, Steve was both OFTEC and GasSafe registered, held MCS accreditation for a number of renewable technologies, and was a WaterSafe industry approved plumber. He is registered as an Eng Tech with the Engineering Council and remains a member of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.
In his new role with OFTEC, Steve will draw on his extensive theoretical and practical knowledge to provide expert advice and guidance to OFTEC technicians, sector professionals and consumers.
Commenting on his appointment, Steve said: “After more than 10 years on the job, I was ready for a new challenge. I have a passion for heating and renewable technologies and my strong technical background, coupled with the experience of running a business installing and maintaining traditional and renewable heating technologies, means I am well placed to understand the requirements of technicians working at all levels. I hope this insight will also help to further shape OFTEC’s services going forward to ensure they remain fully relevant to our customer base.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the oil industry. New innovations such as modulating burners and advanced control systems entering the market will all increase the efficiency of heating systems, making oil able to compete on a level playing field with other heating technologies.
“The next step will be the development of a low carbon alternative to kerosene which will ensure liquid fuel remains relevant to the evolving heating market. I look forward to helping OFTEC technicians and the wider industry embrace these innovations.”