DRA PAT Testing team photo taken at Newcastle Arena in October 2021

Meet the Team

We have a dedicated, hard working team who ooze professionalism and come with plenty of experience. Working closely with our customers is important to us and helps to between us maintain hundreds of thousands of portable appliances. We have always strived to be the most recommended PAT testing company in the North East and with more 5-Star reviews on Google than anyone else we’re well on our way to doing that; if we’re not already there!

We are DRA PAT Testing

About us; D.R.A. PAT Testing Ltd is a small business based in Wallsend, just outside Newcastle upon Tyne, in North Tyneside. We are a team of 4; Richard, the owner currently mixing managing, admin and doing PAT jobs, and our 3 employed appliance inspectors Kyle, Rob and Jordan. “We are like any other local small business, in that we have pride and passion and want to do a good job for all our clients“.

“The team is well trained; I have high standards and expect everyone to offer the same high standards on their jobs. As a director for the national Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association having high standards is important to me. I hope you understand that we are like every growing business; as much as I want to do every job and meet every client it’s not always possible, but I will do my best to meet you sometime, and ensure through my team we provide you with an excellent service. I always oversee everything and will deal with you throughout the whole process.”

“When you choose to work with us you will be assigned an engineer to lead the project, whoever is best suited to that task. We tend to work with local businesses; we know our limitations and don’t like to spread ourselves too thin, so secondary schools, and call-centres tend to be our biggest clients (up to approx 5000 items on one site) but most of our work is in smaller high street offices, on business parks, in hair salons, for doctors and dental surgeries, primary schools and for landlords. We are proud to be the official contractors for the likes of Durham Constabulary, Nexus and HLA Coolrite. Whilst we can cope with multi-site work such as for our clients including Subway we tend not to take on national contracts as we’d have to get contractors to do the work and we can’t guarantee they’ll work to our high standards”. 

“If you have just one item at home, want to bring equipment to us or need us to visit your site before quoting, all of this can be done. We can also advise you on choosing the right retest periods for your business needs. I like to visit a site before putting in a price, so if you’d rather we work this way I am more than happy to do so.”

“We carry out PAT testing on electrical equipment fitted with standard ’13amp’ plugs and any other electrical plug; we can do work with industrial appliances too, as well as equipment that has had the plug removed and is now permanently attached to the mains. We operate in line with guidance from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) to ensure your equipment is checked correctly to ensure it is safe and you comply with the latest regulations. We regularly update our training and use industry leading North East based ‘Seaward‘ PAT testers to test appliances.”

“We also able carry out emissions testing on microwave ovens, and through our sister company we can manage your electrical installation inspections (EICR) too.”

“Our prices are very good; we charge a sensible price – we’re not cheap, but we’re far from expensive too. We have kept pretty much the same pricing structure since we started, and it offers good value for money and affordability. The price includes all our travel and admin costs (it takes time to produce the report back at the office too), and our time to repair faulty equipment that may otherwise fail the inspection. When you consider all that it really is very reasonable, and although PAT testing prices tend to be ‘per item‘ ours are based on how long we expect the job to take and so fall into our hourly or day rate levels. In fact if you’d rather agree that rate up front we’d prefer it, and it usually works out cheaper for you, especially if you don’t know how much equipment you have!”

“So, if you want to work with us, to get started just get in touch. I can give you a price over the phone, by email or come in to see you, I drink my coffee black and tea white, no sugar in either; we can have a nice chat about your situation and find a solution to suit us both.”

Richard Ayre, DRA PAT Testing

Richard Ayre

I’m Richard Ayre; back in 2009 I started the business following retraining as an ‘electrician’. I moved the business from Seaham (Co. Durham) to Wallsend (near Newcastle upon Tyne) in 2012 and became a limited company. DRA PAT Testing Ltd soon established itself as the largest and most reviewed PAT testing company in Tyneside; we’re actually the largest independent company in the North East (we think).

I am City and Guilds qualified for PAT, hold Part P Certification and the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, and trained to be competent in safe isolation for Fixed Appliance Testing.

I specialise in PAT testing office equipment and love going to new small businesses, meeting the owners and learning about their business.

I am also proudly, the Operations Director, Partner and founder of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association. “PATTA” has been set up to represent the industry and to raise standards within in it, by striving to improve training and guidance. We’ve done very good work so far and have regular meetings with UK Government, trade and industry bodies, we also were involved in writing of the latest edition of the IET Code of Practice for Inspection and Testing.

Kyle Main, PAT engineer

Kyle Main

Kyle joined the company in 2017, after doing an electrician’s apprenticeship at college. He also attended the PAT testing Expert training course to get up to speed on PAT, whilst training on the job. Kyle has become an integral member of the business and is especially comfortable working in industrial environments.

Kyle is a keen footballer, and plays Sunday League.

Rob Traynor, PAT testing engineer

Rob Traynor

Rob joined the business at the start of 2020, moving from Birmingham to Blyth. After many years working for national PAT suppliers he was looking for a proper job with real pay and less travelling! He certainly discovered the slower way of life, despite us being quick and efficient in our work. Rob is very experienced and specialises in office PAT testing.

Rob says the best thing about the job is the variety – going to different places and seeing different places to work (our work certainly takes us to some interesting places we’d not see in normal day to day life).

Rob is currently spending his spare time doing up his new house.

Jordan Fry PAT Tester

Jordan Fry

Our newest team member, Jordan, joined us in August 2021. This is his first job in PAT, but he is fast becoming a valuable member of our team with some amazing feedback from our clients.

Our clients include

Jackson Hogg Recruitment (Newcastle) logo
The Premier Plating Company (North East) Logo
Dacon Fabrication (Team Valley, Gateshead) Logo
Durham Police logo
National trust logo
north east chamber of commerce logo

Contact us

Arranging your PAT testing couldn’t be easier, but we do need to know what the job entails. Get a price online right now using our appointment booking system, or email us to discuss your requirements and for a personal quote, or call us. Whichever option works best for you, it is available here. If you’re unsure and want more help we can come to see you before quoting.