Dan Byles appointed non-executive Chair of BSI Standards Policy and Strategy Committee

01 July 2019

Non-executive advisory committee to the BSI Group Board

Dan Byles has been appointed by BSI, the UK Standards Organization, in a non-executive role as Chairman of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee (SPSC), the most senior of BSI standards committees.  The objective of the SPSC is to harness the views of key stakeholders from BSI’s standards community to provide strategic advice to the Group Board on policy issues in the fields of national, European and international standards.

BSI manages over 1,200 standards committees that ultimately report into the SPSC, working on over 7,000 standards projects at any one time. SPSC has an important governance role but also a strategic role to advise on technological, social and industry trends.

John Hirst, Chairman of BSI said: “The Board is delighted that Dan Byles has agreed to chair the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee.  His expertise in areas such as Government policy, energy and climate, smart cities, Internet of Things and digital transformation will provide valuable insight as standards address emerging social and economic challenges. I’m sure that under Dan’s leadership, the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee will play an ever-stronger role.”

Dan Byles comments: “I have long been an advocate for standards as a critical tool in driving performance, confidence and innovation.  BSI is a global exemplar in developing and deploying standards to help organizations of all shapes and sizes achieve more and improve how they achieve their goals.  With the pace of business change accelerating due to societal and political flux, and increasing digital transformation, the role of effective standards making can only become more important.  That is why I am excited to be supporting BSI through chairing the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee.”

Dan Byles has succeeded Carol Sergeant, who has stepped down after a highly successful six years in the role. BSI is very grateful for her long service and outstanding leadership of the SPSC.   

John Hirst added: “I would like to offer our thanks to Carol Sergeant for her hard work and commitment to the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee during the past six years.”


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Dan Byles Biography

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 is Chief Commercial Officer 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.