Learn more about SPSC’s members

SPSC is responsible for advising and reporting to the Board on the preparation of British Standards. It encourages the participation of stakeholders in standardization and provides advice on:

  • Active stakeholder involvement in committees
  • Priorities for standards development
  • Processes for standards facilitation
  • Ancillary products and services to enhance use of standards
  • Priority areas and new solutions to meet stakeholder needs
  • Changes in business or society which could imply changes to the National Standards Body

It seeks active communication with stakeholders to understand their views and provide appreciation of BSI?s added value. It recommends to the Board candidates for SPSC membership and establishes supporting sector, policy and strategy or technical committees, approves their constitutions and terms of reference, appoints their chairmen, and gives direction on items of common interest. It resolves disputes in BSI's standards development field. 

Carol Sergeant, SPSC Chairman

Carol Sergeant was appointed to the chairmanship of SPSC in July 2013.

Carol has held a range of senior positions in both the public and private sector, including as Head of Major Banks’ Supervision at the Bank of England, Managing Director at the Financial Services Authority and Chief Risk Officer at Lloyds Banking Group.  More recently she lead the HM Treasury sponsored project on “Simple Financial Products”, with the final report published in March 2013.

Carol currently is a non-executive director at Danske Bank, Secure Trust Bank and Martin Currie Holdings, and Chairman of the UK whistle blowing charity, Public Concern at Work.  She was appointed CBE in 2004.

Simon Bartley, Chairman, BSI SME Forum

Simon was elected President of WorldSkills International at the organisation’s General Assembly in October 2010 and took up office on 10th October 2011, the day after the closing ceremony at WorldSkills London 2011.  He was re-elected for a second four-year term in October 2014 and will serve until October 2019.

Previously Simon had been Chief Executive of UK Skills and WorldSkills London 2011, as well as being the UK’s Official Delegate to both WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Europe (on both of which he was also a Board Member). Prior to his involvement in UK Skills Simon worked in the building services sector as Chairman of his family business and he now works as an international skills consultant and an consultant in small charity & business governance.

Simon was educated at Durham University, from where he graduated with a BSc in Engineering Science and Management and an MSc in Management Science. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of City and Guilds. He is a visiting Professor of two Colleges in China.  A Member of the UK Governments Skills Commission he is also on the Council of City and Guilds. Simon is a past Chair of the Confederation of British Industry’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Council.


Peter Caplehorn, Chairman, Construction and Built Environment Committee (CB/-)

Peter leads the technical support team within Scott Brownrigg, and is responsible for technical decisions across the group. He is also the director responsible for Health and Safety including workplace compliance and CDM Regulations.

Peter is a member of the RIBA Council and sits on several industry-wide committees specialising in regulations and health and safety.  He has been particularly involved with the industry guidance on the new CDM 2007 Regulations.

Peter is also working closely with the CLG regarding the reform of the Building Regulations.  He gives regular seminars on a wide range of technical and health and safety subjects.

Peter writes for several magazines on a regular basis, including a column in RIBA Journal and Building magazines.  He has also given several seminars and regularly attends Grand Designs Live as an advisor.

Peter has also appeared in several DVDs for NBS learning channels and all of the Health and Safety DVD’s produced in collaboration with the RIBA, BBC, and HSE

Nigel Carter, Chairman, Conformity Assessment Policy Committee

Nigel has worked overseas and travelled extensively with the Royal Navy and British Petroleum, living for various periods in Zambia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has also visited Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands, countries around the Asia/Pacific Rim and made frequent visits on business to sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. He has extensive experience of petroleum production, storage and distribution operations; export and retail marketing; personnel development and training. His contacts have included senior management, international clientele and suppliers, the media and national administrations and aid agencies.

Working in one of the world's largest petrochemical groups, he acquired operational experience in health, safety and environmental management and, in the operation of sophisticated industrial plant and in marine and aeronautical operations.

In establishing an environmental consultancy, offering relevant expertise across a variety of industrial sectors, he has also maintained an international profile, delivering papers at international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia and Yugoslavia. He has undertaken environmental reviews in the hotel, retail and other industrial sectors; participated in assessments for the integration of quality and environmental management systems and undertaken waste audits. He has delivered public and in-house programmes on many aspects of environmental technology and management in the Middle and Far East

His recent activities have included resource efficiency projects among small businesses in the South West Region and Green House Gas and carbon footprinting projects in China.

Christine Heemskerk, Chairman, BSI Consumer & Public Interest Network

Christine is an experienced Trading Standards Officer with particular knowledge of Product Safety and is the immediate past Chair of the UK Trading Standards Institute. She has been a member of the BSI CPI Network since 2011, leading the group of CPI representatives, all volunteers, who contribute a consumer viewpoint to the development of standards on domestic appliances and other products. Christine has also been active in ISO COPOLCO. 

Christine was appointed to SPSC in succession to Lynn Faulds Wood with effect from 1 October 2013, and chairs BSI’s Consumer and Public Interest Strategic Advisory Committee and its Consumer & Public Interest Network (CPIN).

Dr Stephen Page

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David A Smith, Chairman, BSI Management Systems Experts Group

David Smith spent much of his early years as a technical expert in the rail industry. For more than 20 years’ he has had experience in developing, writing, auditing and implementing management systems. He chairs a variety of BSI Committees including the committees responsible for management systems expert group (MSEG), occupational health and safety management systems (HS/1), environmental performance evaluation ES/1/4 and sits on committees such as risk management (RM/1) and Governance. Additionally, he represents the UK on ISO and CEN international committees on management systems standards.

He delivers training, consultancy and auditing to a variety of companies in Asia, USA, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

David has been involved in the production of some twenty books on management systems, published by BSI Business Information, either as author or series editor. These publications include the highly acclaimed “Environmental management the 14001 way” – a comprehensive guide to the implementation together with a series of nine books on Integrated Management Systems.  He is co-authoring a book on “Risk management the ISO 31000 way” which will be published in late 2012.

He has delivered the content for a BSI software product which helps businesses to develop and assess their ISO9001 management system.

Scott Steedman, Director of Standards

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Geoff Young

Geoff Young retired as Chief Executive of GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology, at the end of 2010.  Having held the position for just over 25 years, he now continues to represent the industry by maintaining a number of specific roles for the Association. 

He joined GAMBICA in 1982, initially as Commercial Director following a number of senior appointments within the BEAMA Federation, which included Director of the BEAMA Transmission and Distribution Association.  His industrial experience was gained with EMI Electronics, principally in the area of light sensing devices.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Measurement and Control. He is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers and has held a number of external appointments relevant to the instrumentation and control industry, including as a member of the Government’s Measurement Advisory Committee (MAC) and as a member of the Steering Board of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory.  He was reappointed to the Government’s Measurement Board (which succeeded MAC) in 2010.

In 2004-2010, he served as the UK member of the IEC Standardisation Management Board responsible for the management of international electrotechnical standards.

In November 2006, he was appointed President of the British Electrotechnical Committee (BEC), the national committee responsible for representing the interests of the UK electrotechnical sector in national, international and European standardisation, certification and conformity assessment.  As BEC President he led the UK delegation to the IEC Council and CENELEC General Assembly and was appointed a member of the IEC Council Board in 2007.  He was recently re-elected to these positions for the period 2011-2013.

Within ORGALIME, the European Engineering Industries Association based in Brussels, he represented the industrial sectors within the scope of the Association.  From 1999 – 2002, he was appointed Chairman of ORGALIME’s Electrical and Electronic sector and a member of the Board of Directors.  He was re-appointed to the Board of Directors to represent the UK for the period 2009-2011.

He has travelled extensively in support of the export performance of the GAMBICA sector and more recently in support of the UK’s interests in international standardisation and its impact on global trade.

Frances Morris-Jones, Non-Executive Director and Independent Consultant

Frances has had a 30 year career in oil and gas exploration primarily with BP Group plc where she held positions as Vice President developing business in Russia and the Caspian, and setting up a new group to explore for unconventional gas internationally. For the past 10 years she has been heavily involved in the development of shale and other ‘fracked’ hydrocarbons including as Executive Director for Business Development at 3Legs Resources plc, the AIM-listed independent shale exploration company.  Frances has been a Non-Executive Director of DNV and after leaving BP, she was Global Business Development Manager at ConocoPhillips. 

She is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the UK Oil and Gas Authority, as well as External Governor of the University of Portsmouth and Trustee of Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human rights organisation and Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity.


Christopher Hopson, Chief Executive of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), the “trade association” for 241 NHS and Foundation Trusts

Chris studied politics at university and joined the SDP after graduating in 1985, eventually becoming its chief executive. He had a short spell working as a consultant before becoming a special advisor to David Mellor, the then Secretary of State for the Department of National Heritage.  

Chris has executive and non-executive board experience in public, private and voluntary sectors.  He was Customer Contact Director for HMRC, and before that he held senior roles with Granada Group including Corporate Affairs Director. Chris has extensive cross sector experience in healthcare; tax, welfare and personal finance; media and technology; retail and services; politics. Chris has an MBA from Cranfield Management School and is a graduate of the Civil Service High Potential Development Scheme.



Timothy Walton, Independent consultant

Tim is a long-term user of standards and a chartered engineer, he has also been a Chief Information Officer and has run an e-business division of Rolls Royce.  Tim has been a non-executive director of various organizations for the past 8 years, including NHS Direct and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and performed a strategic advisory role on the steering committee of the Highways Agency.   

Tim had a 30 year career with Rolls Royce.  Having read metallurgy at Sheffield University, he joined Rolls Royce in 1976 as a materials engineer and worked his way up through a number of technical roles, all of which entailed using standards.  Since then Tim has been CIO of Arup Group and Interim CIO at the Olympic Delivery Authority Delivery Partner (CLM).  

Tim is currently doing some consultancy work for the London Ambulance Service and is acting as an independent monitor for CIOs in the Construction Industry, helping them to implement the ISO 55000 standard on asset management.