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Vic Banks, Pirelli Cables (UK), Energy Cables Division - Vic Banks graduated from University College London with a B.Sc. in 1963. Joined BICC Research and Engineering Division, London to work on a number of oil-filled paper cable insulation projects, which resulted in the development of paper/polypropylene laminate (PPL). Became leader of the High Voltage group in 1977 to evaluate the performance of fluid-filled PPL cables and accessories for voltages up to and including 400kV. Also carried out studies to assess medium voltage (MV) extruded insulation cables, particularly the long term performance, and to develop a range of accessories. Transferred to BICC Cables, Power Division, Wrexham in 1988 to continue work on MV extruded insulation cables, including investigation of water treeing under an EEC contract in liaison with universities and other cable manufacturers. In 1990, became Standards Manager and member of a number of national, European and international standards technical committees. Continued in this position and work in the standards arena for first BICCGeneral and then Pirelli Cables. At present, the memberships include chairman of IEC TC20 WG16 High voltage cables and CENELEC TC20 WG09 Cables for use by electricity supply companies Task Force Long duration tests.