Learn more about the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee (SPSC) 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 chairs, and gives direction on items of common interest. It resolves disputes in BSI's standards development field.

Dan Byles, SPSC Chair

Dan Byles was appointed as chair of SPSC in July, 2019.

Dan is a leading figure in the Smart Infrastructure and Internet of Things sector where he Chairs SmarterUK - the UK smart infrastructure initiative within techUK - and heads global Corporate Development at the award winning software, data and AI technology company Living PlanIT.

A former British Army officer, Dan stepped down from Parliament in 2015 where he served on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and the Science & Technology Committee, in addition to chairing a number of influential All Party Parliamentary Groups including the All Party Environment Group.

Dan was founding Chair of the All Party Smart Cities Group and has a strong reputation as a thought leader with regard to Smart Cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation. As an MP he was a Parliamentary Adviser to the Green Alliance and a President of the Young Persons Trust for the Environment.

Nigel Carter, Chair, BSI 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.


Liz Barclay, Chair, BSI Consumer Forum

Liz Barclay is a broadcaster, writer and consumer champion: Financial Inclusion Commissioner; Chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group and the Fair by Design Campaign (to tackle the poverty premium); non-executive Director of the Lending Standards Board; a member of the Fundraising Regulator Standards Board, The Equity Release Council Standards Board; and the Ofgem Consumer Progress Panel. She is an Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust, Business Debtline, and IPSE the organisation for freelancers and the self-employed.

Liz also works with Boards on improving governance, trust and culture, diversity, and customer understanding, and is passionate about improving service and engagement – raising the bar across the charity, public and private sectors. She coaches in communication and presentation skills and chairs national and international conferences.

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David A Smith, Chair, 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, BSI Director of Standards

Scott Steedman joined the Group in January 2012 and was appointed to the Board in October 2012.

An engineer by background, he started his career at Cambridge University before moving to industry where he spent over 20 years working for consulting and contracting companies on major infrastructure and building projects around the world. Elected Vice-president Policy for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in November 2012, he is a former Vice-president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, where he continues to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Academy’s flagship magazine, Ingenia.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Engineering Council. 


Shirley Bailey-Wood, BSI Director of Information Solutions 

Shirley Bailey-Wood was appointed as Director, BSI Information Solutions in December 2014, having been BSI’s Director of Publishing since 2011. She is responsible for the leadership and strategic development of BSI Standards Limited. She joined BSI in 2004 as Operations Director for the Standards Division, with responsibility for the standards portfolio development and the delivery of market relevant content.

Shirley has extensive experience of the publishing and information sector, with previous positions as the Executive VP of the Life Science and Chemistry Division of Thomson Scientific; European Sales and Marketing Director for Maxwell Communications (The Thomson Corporation) and Information Scientist at the Glaxo Group.  Shirley was awarded an MBE in 2012 for Services to the Knowledge Economy.


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 s acting as an independent monitor for CIOs in the Construction Industry, helping them to implement the ISO 55000 standard on asset management.

Henrietta Jowitt, Deputy Director General – Commercial, CBI

Henrietta has 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing business, marketing and general management strategies. She has held a range of senior roles, including Group Head of Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and Investor Relations at an executive level within a FTSE 100 financial services business, Schroders Plc; a major private equity firm, Advent International; a professional services firm, Cushman & Wakefield; and within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry (FMCG).

For the past 3 years, Henrietta has run her own small consultancy business, coaching management teams for major financial transactions and senior individuals required to communicate and lead more effectively. She has also focussed on a number of projects providing strategic advice to Boards and Partnerships looking to develop, grow and change their businesses.

Henrietta has an MA in Natural Sciences from Oxford University and also completed the Oxford University Business School Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an FCA approved Non- Executive Director.

Rodney Turtle, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs – Schneider Electric UK

Rodney helps to develop Schneider’s public positions on the important issues of the day; working with politicians, regulators, trade associations and third parties to advocate for energy efficient policies and to improve the performance and safety of electricity used in the workplace and home. He manages a small team of experts who are important contributors to the development of electrotechnical codes and standards in the UK and Europe. He has spent over 30 years working in a variety of engineering and marketing roles in the UK and abroad.
He is presently the UK’s representative on the Council Board of the IEC, the International Electrotechnical Commission, and a past President of Beama, the independent trade association for the electrotechnical industry for the UK representing over 300 manufacturing companies in the electrotechnical sector.

He joins the SPSC as chair of ESSAC, BSI’s Electrotechnical Standardization Strategic Advisory Council, providing the organisation with a new strategic approach to electrotechnical standardization.

spscmember_debrah_hardingDebrah Harding 

Debrah Harding has worked on behalf of the research sector for 20 years before which she worked in publishing and accountancy.  In addition to being Managing Director of the Market Research Society (MRS), Debrah leads the standards, policy and public affairs activities within MRS working extensively with government departments and global institutions on issues which affect research and insight. 

Debrah has a wealth of knowledge of ethical Codes, quality standards and guidelines, data protection/GDPR and on the enforcement of such standards.  For over 20 years Debrah has been a member of the BSI committee, SVS/3, which is responsible for the development of market, opinion and social research standards.  Debrah became Chair of this BSI committee in 2018 and also serves as the Head of delegation for the ISO Technical Committee which is responsible for the international standards for research, and serves on the BSI committee responsible for the development of big data standards.

Debrah is co-author of the 2012 BSI book, Quality in Market Research: from Theory to Practice and is currently Chair and co-founder of the Global Business Research Network (GRBN), Vice-President of the European Research Federation (EFAMRO), a Director of the Joint Industry Committee for Population Standards (JICPOPS), a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the RSA and until 2018 was a Trustee and Treasurer of the electoral democracy and research charity, the McDougall Trust.

spscmember_irina_brass Irina Brass

Dr Irina Brass is Lecturer in Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy at UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP). Her research interests are in the regulation of emerging technologies and the governance of responsible innovation.

Dr Brass is Co-Investigator in the Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub (EPSRC), where she leads a project on adaptive regulatory strategies for biotherapeutics. She has recently completed a Co-Investigator appointment in the PETRAS IoT Hub (EPSRC), where she co-led a project looking at the standardisation, regulatory and governance challenges of the Internet of Things.

Dr Brass works closely with policymakers as well as national and international standards-making bodies. In 2017, Dr Brass was elected Chair of the IoT/1 Committee at the BSI and in 2019 she received the prestigious BSI Standards-Makers Award for Education about Standardisation. Dr Brass has advised governments and specialist agencies on cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory responses to disruptive technologies.

Dr Brass has a background in public policy, regulation and standardisation, with research that spans across risk assessment and governance, competition rules, data protection, cybersecurity and safety regulations. She holds a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), having looked at the role that standards-making organisations play in defining radio spectrum policy and regulations for cellular and wireless communications.

spscmember_rosie_glazebrookRosie Glazebrook

Rosie is a Civil Service Commissioner, and chairs Publishers’ Licensing Services and an NHS Research Ethics Committee. She also holds Board positions at the Copyright Licensing Agency, the General Optical Council and Book Aid International. 

Her previous positions include Non-Executive Directorships at the Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and NHS bodies.  She has a background in commercial roles in publishing, media and health data companies, and a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Rosie has wide experience helping organisations develop strategy, recruit senior staff, apply ethical decision-making and communicate with diverse audiences and customers.

spscmember_richard_sandersRichard Sanders, Assistant Director Standards & Accreditation

Richard leads on standards and accreditation policy at the Office for Product Safety & Standards within BEIS. He also leads on hallmarking policy, sponsorship of the British Hallmarking Council and is UK representative in the International Hallmarking Convention.

Richard’s background is in electronic engineering, instrumentation, and legal metrology. He previously worked at the National Physical Laboratory, National Weights & Measures Laboratory, and was Acting Chief Executive at the National Measurement & Regulation Office.