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Lighting Industry Federation Announces New President

LIF - the Lighting Industry Federation – has announced its new president is Peter Denny, with Mike Collett taking on the vice president’s role. Both are well-known figures in the lighting industry. The appointments follow hot on the heels of the Federation’s workshop regarding the implications and impact on the lighting industry of EuP(Energy Using Directive), and a new format Annual Report (2007).

New LIF president – Peter Denny
In a career in the electrical and lighting industries spanning over 40 years, on his appointment as LIF’s new president, Peter Denny commented: “There is a great opportunity for the UK lighting industry to aid the country in the reduction of carbon emissions while simultaneously benefiting from it in growth terms.

“We need to strengthen the LIF membership, educate our businesses and customers, and lobby for the right base to pursue these goals”.

Mr Denny’s career began in the late 1960s as an electrical apprentice, through to project manager, with Northampton electrical contractor F Mitton & Son. He went on to the role of lighting sales engineer with Crompton Parkinson and Thorn Lighting, where he spent nearly 20 years, and became South East regional manager. He then joined Marlin Lighting as sales director, and is now sales and marketing director at Cooper Lighting UK, Doncaster.

New LIF vice president – Mike Collett
An LIF director since 1995, Michael Collett’s early career was as a production engineer with the MoD, before moving into sales and marketing.

He worked in the Middle East, joining DZ Licht GmbH, a manufacturer of external lighting (1989), and then downlight and office lighting manufacturer WILA Leucthen GmbH (1993). As its managing director, his role was to establish WILA Lighting in the UK and he was also involved in WILA’s international operations.

In 2004, he led the successful MBO of WILA – an LIF member since 1994 - and is currently CEO of the WILA Group.

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