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!

Google Rating
Based on 167 reviews

We are DRA PAT Testing

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.