The former chief executive of the Joint Industry Board died on 14 February 2012 following a long battle with illness.
Ron Allender joined the JIB staff in 1971 and, following a brief spell in accounts, transferred to industrial relations – his true calling.
In an era when industrial strife was widespread and the JIB was still struggling for acceptance, he developed what can best be described as a natural talent for negotiation, arbitration and generally resolving IR issues.
As a National Officer travelling all over the UK, his down-to earth manner, unassuming skills, and uncompromising impartiality earned him the respect of employees, employers, and colleagues in the ECA and the Union alike.
In 1991 Ron became JIB Secretary and Head of Industrial Relations, in which role he was instrumental in the introduction of the UK Register of Electricians (the forerunner of the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme), and in the affiliation of the ECS with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.
In 2002 he was appointed JIB Chief Executive and went on to facilitate arrangements for the inclusion of other industry sectors in the ECS.
Ron continued to develop both the ECS and the JIB from strength to strength, whilst at the same time overseeing the maintenance of peaceful industrial relations in the industry, right up until his retirement in 2008.
A Service in Remembrance of Ron will take place at 3.15 pm on the 1st March at the church of St. Mary the Virgin in Stansted, Kent. Further details can be supplied on request.
Ron Allender 1947-2012.