Dave Cooper is the CEO of lift and escalator consultancy LECS (UK) that has its HQ in Eastbourne and further offices in London and Manchester. He is a former president of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and has recently returned to the town after a period living in Kent.

Dave’s engineering career spans more than 40 years – dedicated to the vertical transportation sector of lifts, escalators, cable cars. This has taken him all over the globe working on some of the world’s most iconic buildings and projects. Alongside ahisbusy professional career, Dave is also a professor at the University of Northampton, a board member of CIBSE, and an ‘in-demand’ expert witness, speaker and author..

Notably David Cooper has dedicated the last 30 years of his 40-year engineering career to improving the safety of lift and escalator passengers and engineers. As a result he is widely acknowledged as the worldwide leading expert on lift and escalator safety.

His research into ‘falls over the sides of escalators by minors’ prompted a hugely important change to the European standard. As a result of his recommendations, all new escalator installations have new designs of guards installed and older installations are having them retrofitted. He also conducted detailed research into incidents, injuries and deaths caused by shopping trolleys and luggage carts on escalators. This also resulted in a significant update to European Standards. Over the years both of these research projects have saved many lives.

In 2020 Dave helped develop the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) ‘Emerging from Lockdown’ guidance. He was awarded a CIBSE President’s Commendation for his tireless work to reflect current research, public health information and adapting to changes in restrictions. In 2021 he was presented with the highly prestigious Sir Moir Lockhead Safety Award in recognition of delivering tangible improvements in safety.

As CEO of LECS (UK), a leading independent lift and escalator engineering consultancy, he leads a team comprising some of the UK’s most highly qualified and experienced engineers. LECS (UK) provide independent consultancy advice on lifts, escalators, cable cars and most forms of mechanical handling equipment to clients worldwide.

Dave is also an active member of the Safety Assessment Federation and has co-authored some of the sectors leading books on safety to include Elevator & Escalator Accident Reconstruction & Litigation, The Elevator & Escalator Micropedia and CIBSE Guide D transportation systems in buildings.

Impressively, he has advised on over 5000 installations, given expert witness reports in over 2,000 legal cases, working across more than 20 industry sectors.

Chief Executive, Bruce McGill of the Society of Operations Engineers, said: “Safety, quality and engineering excellence are by-words for what Dave Cooper represents. The impact of Dave’s work – in his lifelong quest to have zero fatalities within the lift and escalator sector – is phenomenal.”