IEC Technical Committee (20) prepares international standards for the design, testing and end-use recommendations for insulated electrical power and control cables for use in wiring and in power generation, distribution and transmission. Gavin Holden is the new Chair.
Holden will lead TC 20 until the end of December 2025. He is an expert in cable design processes and currently manages the cable design team activities in the R&D department of the Energy Headquarters of Prysmian Group, a world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry.
After obtaining PhD in Polymer Science at Lancaster University, Gavin Holden spent most of his professional life in Italy, first working for Pirelli Cables and Systems and then Prysmian Group. “I entered the cable making industry as a formulator of polyethylene and polypropylene insulation systems for power cables. Since then, I developed rubber jacketing for flexible cables and finally low-smoke low halogen materials before entering the area of cable design and standardization,” he explains.
Work for the IEC
He has been involved in different working groups (WG) inside IEC TC 20, including WG16 high-voltage (HV) cables (1kV and above) and WG17 low-voltage cables (below 1kV). He is also the Convenor of WG09 “Cables for use by electricity supply companies” inside the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, CENELEC (TC 20).
“The correct choice of insulating and covering materials is key to ensure the safe operation of cables throughout their use. It is an important issue in public buildings, as choosing the appropriate insulating material can allow people sufficient time to evacuate the premises in the case of a fire emergency, for instance. TC 20 plays a special role in developing fire tests methods which are used by other TCs and subcommittees.”