Impartiality Committee

Dr. Alan Boyle

  • Chairman

Dr. Alan Boyle started his career in 1954 by joining the Chemical Division of Unilever as an engineer and during this time gained his qualifications in Mechanical Engineering. Alan went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma, a Masters Degree and a PhD Degree. Dr. Boyle has been a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Manufacturing Engineers, a registered Chartered Engineer, the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. Following a 10 year period in industry from 1954 to 1964 as a design engineer and project engineer, Alan changed direction when in 1964 he joined the academic staff as John Moore’s University. From 1964 Alan held a number of posts including Principle Lecturer and Director of School of Engineering.

Iona Hughes AIEMA

  • Environmental Management

Iona Hughes, qualified IEMA Auditor has an extensive background in Waste and Environmental Management. Working for The Environmental Agency Wales, Iona had a variety of roles including enforcement, measuring and monitoring and incident planning. Iona is now involved in a successful consultancy organisation providing advice, training and implementation of management systems.

Kevin O’Connor

  • Aerospace Representative

Kevin has extensive experience in Quality Management Systems specifically within the Aerospace Industry. Currently working for the Civil Aviation Authority within the airworthiness section, Kevin undertakes oversight audits of many organisation within the Part-145.

Previous experience includes Senior Manager (MRAeS) and qualified professional in the field of Business Assurance / Engineering for the delivery of the Eurofighter programme on behalf of Eurofighter GmbH to NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA).

Kevin has a background in manufacturing, inspection and quality assurance. Kevin joined the committee in September 2012.

Katie Day

  • Food Safety Representative

Katie Day is a qualified and experienced Environmental Health Officer with wide experience of both public and private sector environments.  Katie now operates a Limited Company capacity successfully providing consultancy, auditing, training and enforcement services to both public and private sector clients.

Katie has extensive experience in the food sector and has worked as an inspector, auditor and enforcement officer.

Brian Hough

  • Accreditation, Certification and Quality

Brian joined the WCS impartiality committee in December 2016. Brian was invited to join the committee as he has extensive experience in management systems, certification and worked for the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) as an assessment manager and later as quality manager. Brian started his career in the Royal Marines before moving on to British Telecom where he had a variety of roles and positions. Brian will no doubt challenge the management team of WCS with the aim of identifying, controlling and reducing the risks associated with providing impartial certification services.

Peter Bennett

  • Management Systems From a Consultancy Perspective

Peter Bennett is a retired ISO 9001 lead auditor and quality systems consultant. Peter has experience in many industries and was invited to be a member of the committee due to his experience with a large number of certification bodies, auditors and certified client. Peter joined the committee in January 2015.

Alan Smith

  • USA Business Manager Representative

Alan Smith from Scotland is currently residing in Houston, Texas and manages WCS in the USA.  Alan has been a prominent figure in ISO auditing in North America since 1998. He is an IRCA Registered Lead Auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001 and RAB registered for AS 9100. Educated to Masters Degree level in Metallurgical Engineering, Alan has over 20 years experience in Quality Assurance Management. Alan has worked on five continents with extensive experience in the aerospace sector.

Roger Hutchings

  • Environmental & Health and Safety Representative

Roger was formerly Chief Environment and Consumer Protection Officer with a large Metropolitan Borough were he was responsible for all aspects of Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Environmental Management and Emergency Planning. Roger currently undertakes consultancy, training and auditing in relation to ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO18001, BRC Food and Packaging, Asbestos Management and Removal.

Professor David Shaw

  • Academic and Professional Institutions Representative

Professor David Shaw is currently the Head of the Department of Civic Design (74 Bedford Street South, University of Liverpool). He is interested in environmental planning and management and particularly the way the organisations, in the public, private and voluntary sectors engage with environmental agendas. As a spatial planning academic he has worked in Birmingham, Plymouth and Malawi before moving to Liverpool.

George Hitchell BA( Hons ) C Eng MIMechE, FCQI

  • Professional Institutions Representative

George was apprentice trained and experiences include: Motor Industry, Ship Building, Machine Tool Industry and 34 years in the Nuclear Industry as a Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, Workshop Manager. Finally developing Quality Management systems and conducting 1st and 3rd party audits. As a freelance George carried out consultancy for several companies on the implementation of Management Systems. As a part-time tutor for Salford University he monitored and marked the Quality related project set for final year students within industry.

Dr. Calbert H. Douglas

  • Academic and Environmental Institutions Representative

Dr Calbert H Douglas is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Management at the School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford. His research covers environmental management systems, corporate social responsibility, GHG emissions management and health impact assessment of capital development programmes.