Chris Johnstone and Mick Bowra joined British Gas (Segas) in 1968 and their career paths included operational management, and the training and assessment of gas fitting operatives. In 1994 they left British Gas and set up ViperGas, which provided a comprehensive portfolio of services and support materials for the gas industry, that included:
- The design and development of technical publications and learning programmes for training and assessment organisations.
- The design and development of assessment models and documentation for certification bodies, in accordance with the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Individual Gas Fitting Operatives.
- The development and assessment of assessors and internal/external verifiers in accordance with CIPD requirements.
- The approval and verification of assessment centres in accordance with the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Individual Gas Fitting Operatives.
- A range of natural gas and LPG technical manuals for domestic and commercial gas installers.
- A range of natural gas and LPG self study workbooks for domestic and commercial gas installers.
ViperGas was launched in 2002 providing technical services to sister company VR Publications Limited and supplied over 150 training centres, National Grid, EUSkills, and other large organisations in addition to direct services to over 50,000 individual operatives.
In 2006, with technology advancing rapidly, the company appointed David Day as it's Technical Director. David began his career with a leading London advertising agency as an Internet Development Manager and has been instrumental in the development of software, web and mobile applications for a number of corporate businesses including Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and Visa.
Following the acquistion of technology company Extiera in 2015, ViperGas is now part of the Verve Technology Group which utilises technology to provide cost effective subscriptions and services. Following a close working partnership over many years with Gas Safety Shop, James Clifton joined the team alongside Ian Drennan who brings vast technical experience to the team following an established career with Corgi and Gas Safe Register. The brand incorporated into it's own subsidiary in 2019 whilst welcoming Arron Blythe to the board as it's Sales Director.
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