I manage the household category of product testing at CHOICE. This includes our household appliance and whitegoods teams, who cover a long list of product areas: cooking appliances such as ovens, cooktops and coffee machines; whitegoods such as fridges, washing machines and dishwashers; cleaning products such as vacuum cleaners, steam mops and surface cleaners; heating and cooling, including air conditioners and electric heaters; babies and kids' items such as cots and strollers; tools for the garden, from lawnmowers to secateurs; and plenty more. I also manage our commercial testing through our commercial arm, Test Research.
I'm involved with standards committees for air conditioners and regularly liaise with government and industry in areas such as product safety and regulation.
It's a challenge to stay on top of all this, but variety is the spice of life, they say!
I've been with CHOICE since 2004 and before that I was in IT for 15 years. Working at CHOICE lets me exercise both sides of my brain; there's nothing I like better than diving into a stack of technical data and turning it into useful, readable info for you, our members. (Though sampling pizza and scones from our oven testing is pretty nice, too.)