I am “DRA” – they’re my initials; I’m known as Richard. By a strange coincidence the D is also my wife’s initials so sometimes I let her think it’s her business too!
I started the business in 2009, under the name DRA Electricals, having spent the previous 9 years working in banking! Most people working in this industry, you’ll find, did something else first, few have a full electrical background.
DRA PAT Testing has been a trading name since and the limited company was formed in 2012.
Whilst it is a limited company, ultimately the business is me – I answer the phone, respond to emails, manage the marketing and the accounts and also do most of the jobs. I have a couple of trusted engineers and electricians who help me out from time to time.
I am proud of what I have achieved in business; I’ve now got over 500 current clients, a number that grows almost every week, which has allowed me to work in a diverse and interesting range of locations across the UK.
I am also a founder member and director / Partner of the PAT Testing Network – the only association for the PAT testing industry; we’re trying to raise standards within the industry to educate customers of the dangers of choosing the cheapest option. Find out more at the PAT testing Network website.
In my personal life I am married to Donna, we have 2 grown up children and a young daughter, plus a dog. I like to take holidays to switch off and rest, and spend time with my friends when I can. My hobbies including cooking and eating good food and walking.