BSI Executive


Howard Kerr

Chief Executive

Howard Kerr

Howard was appointed to the Board in November 2008 and assumed the position of Chief Executive in January 2009. After a period at Associated British Ports his early career was spent in business development roles in the fields of shipping, logistics, and B2B marketing with Inchcape PLC in the UK, Japan, China and the Middle East. Subsequently he joined SHV Holdings NV where he held general management positions in the energy division, including Chief Executive of Calor Group Ltd., UK and Senior Vice President on the International Management Board of SHV Gas in the Netherlands.

Craig Smith FCCA

Group Finance Director

Craig Smith FCCA

Member of the Executive and the Banking and General Purposes Committees Craig Smith joined the Board as Group Finance Director in August 2011. A Chartered Certified Accountant, he began his career in 1985 with Coats Viyella PLC, undertaking finance roles in Australia, Spain, the UK, Morocco, Hungary and Finland. On his return to the UK in 1997 he was European Finance Director for two large American corporations in the product identification and printing ink industries. Immediately prior to joining BSI he was Group Finance Director of two UK listed companies, Huntleigh Technology PLC from 2003 to 2007 and Management Consulting Group PLC from 2007 onwards.

Jim Newell

Group HR Director

Jim Newell

With extensive UK and international experience, Jim joined BSI in March 2009 from TI Automotive where he was Global HR and Communications Director. Prior to this, he held positions of VP of HR and Director at Land Rover University in North America, and HR Director at British Aerospace.

Tony Wales

Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary

Tony Wales

Tony Wales joined BSI as Director of Legal Affairs and Company Secretary in January 2010. A qualified solicitor with significant international experience, he has held various senior legal positions, including Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at The Economist Group and General Counsel at AOL International.

David Brown

Director, Corporate Development

David Brown

Responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, David has held senior appointments in both the US and the UK, with specific responsibility for strategy and M&A in KPMG, Arthur D Little, Morgan Crucible, TRW/Lucas Varity and Rolls Royce.

Dr Scott Steedman CBE

Director, Standards

Dr Scott Steedman CBE

Scott joined BSI in January 2012 from BRE Global. An engineer by background, Scott has held senior positions at international enterprises such as Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, High Point Rendel and Foster Wheeler Energy. Scott chaired the European Council for Construction, Research and Innovation for over a decade and is a former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He continues to act as a non-executive Director at the Port of London Authority and as Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s flagship magazine, Ingenia.


Todd VanderVen

President, BSI Americas

Todd VanderVen

Todd joined BSI in 2008 from SGS where he was Senior Vice President responsible for global strategy and development for all SGS divisions. Prior to this he held several senior positions at Eastman Kodak including COO for Kodak’s Healthcare business outside the US and Chief Marketing Officer for their Healthcare Division.

Mark Basham

Managing Director, BSI EMEA

Mark Basham

Mark joined BSI in 2008 and was responsible for the Asia Pacific region based in Singapore returning to the UK in August 2012 as Managing Director, BSI EMEA. Prior to BSI he was Regional General Manager at Invensys APV, EMEA and has held significant international business development and general management roles at Xerox, Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.

David Horlock

Managing Director, BSI Asia Pacific

David Horlock

David joined BSI in August 2012 from Intertek where he was Vice President for Supplier Management & Global Audit Services. His former positions include International Management roles for SGS & Bureau Veritas with postings in Hong Kong (China), the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and the Middle East. David has a Bachelor of Business Degree in Agribusiness with 30 years work experience in the Agri-Food, Life Science, Commodities and Consumer Products Sector dealing in the Trade Compliance Industry.