New Face: Henry Cainen

11 March 2022

Hello. I’m Henry Cainen, and I’m Electrical Safety First’s new Policy and Research Analyst. I support the work of the charity by campaigning to protect consumers from electrical risk nationally and across the devolved nations. I started at ESF in January 2022, having completed a BA in Politics and an MA in International Relations at the University of Manchester.

My role involves undertaking and gathering research, to analyze the data to support the delivery of the Charity’s objectives. This analysis contributes and informs policy developments, as well as provides robust evidence to support the Charity’s positions. For example, I recently completed a review of the charging landscape for electric vehicles across the UK and presented these findings at an event to highlight the risks associated with unsafe charging practices at the home.

Whilst I haven’t been at ESF long, I’ve already began working to support key campaigns for the charity, i.e., ‘Future Homes’ and ‘Inequality Streets’, as well as assisting on, and producing various research projects. Behind the scenes, I’ve also been reviewing and aggregating ESF’s core data sets, to ensure the highest quality of analytical output. This is all contributing to help ensure that all the data and output that the Charity produces is of the highest quality.

Looking to the future, I will be continuing to support ESF in my role, to help develop policy and ensure the robustness of our policy positions. In particular, I also look forward to working to engage with local government – which will be a key priority for the charity this year - as they take vital decisions over public electric vehicle charging points, as well as working on issues of product recalls and online protection from unsafe products.  Ensuring any safety concerns are considered that arise on the transition to net zero and the decarbonization of our homes will also be a focus for our team. 

I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Electrical Safety First, and our stakeholders across the UK and devolved nations, to strive towards greater electrical safety for everyone.

Thank you!

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