Skills and opportunities
Susan Taylor Martin joined the Board and was appointed Chief Executive in January 2021. Susan has led a range of information, publishing and software businesses, first at Reuters and then at Thomson Reuters. Most recently, as President of its Global Legal Business based in New York, she led the transformation of its online information service into an AI-enabled suite of digital and SaaS offerings. She has experience of the consumer, leisure and hospitality sector having been a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread PLC. She also possesses a strong network across a wide range of businesses, as former Chair of the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry.
Susan is Non-Executive Director of the University of Cambridge Press
& Assessment Board.
Sara was appointed and joined the Board in January 2022. Sara has over 25 years of financial experience as well as significant knowledge of scaling B2B businesses and digital transformation, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance responsible for corporate finance functions at Expedia Group Inc, a global travel tech company, and as Chief Finance Officer of Expedia Partner Solutions, the worldwide B2B division within Expedia for four years prior to this. Sara has undertaken numerous finance roles including Commercial Finance & FP&A Director at Costa Coffee, Group Financial Controller for Sage Group PLC and Vice President and European CFO of Orbitz WorldWide Inc.
Other Board appointments
Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committee of Aptitude Software Group PLC.
Scott joined in January 2012 and was appointed to the Board in October 2012. An engineer by profession, he started his career as a Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Cambridge before moving to industry where he spent over 20 years as a consultant working in the Built Environment sector. He was a Non-Executive Board Member of the Port of London Authority from 2009 to 2015 and served as Vice-President (Policy) for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) from 2013 to 2017 and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) from 2017 to 2021.
Other Board appointments
Alison was appointed in April 2020. She has had extensive HR and leadership experience within complex listed global businesses in APAC, EMEA and North America such as Experian plc, Orica Limited, Rolls Royce plc, BAe Systems, Cabot Inc and Brambles Limited. She brings direct experience of many of our key sectors spanning Aerospace, Specialty Chemicals, Manufacturing, Energy and latterly Data and information services where digital skills are a key feature.
Harold was appointed in February 2019, having been leading P&Ls and growth initiatives across various geographies and business units for the previous two decades, at country and regional levels. Harold started his career in sales and marketing with GE Healthcare, before joining International SOS where he undertook a variety of senior leadership roles, including Regional Managing Director for Asia. Harold brings deep experience of the Asia Pacific region alongside his sales, marketing and commercial leadership expertise.
Jonathan was appointed in January 2022. He brings a wealth of experience from global FTSE 100 companies, including WPP and Pearson where he defined and implemented strategies that put clients at the heart of the business and harnessed the potential of digital technology and data. Jonathan started his career in aerospace engineering, before moving to consulting at Heidrick & Struggles and KPMG. He founded an award-winning advisory firm, Tyler Mangan, before moving into corporate leadership roles.
Magdalena was appointed General Counsel in January 2022, having worked within the BSI legal function since 2017, primarily as Legal Director for Group & Knowledge Solutions. Magdalena commenced her career as a financial broadcast journalist with the BBC, producing and outputting news for programmes including BBC Breakfast, BBC World, the News Channel and Radio 4’s Today programme.
Prior to joining BSI, Magdalena was head of Legal at the Pinewood Studios Group with a particular specialism in media, IP and film finance.
Manuela was appointed in July 2018, having joined BSI in April 2017 to head up its healthcare sector strategy as Managing Director of Healthcare. Manuela has over twenty years of leadership experience in the global life sciences sector including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, and other related fields. Her extensive experience includes positions as Managing Director, NovaPrep and Lab Services at Novacyt; Group Commercial Director, Johnson Matthey/Macfarlan Smith; and Director positions at Johnson & Johnson/Janssen and Boehringer Ingelheim. Manuela worked internationally in cancer research prior to her corporate career.
Pietro Foschi is in charge of the BSI Assurance Services, including Management System Certification, Product Certification and Training global businesses, operating in over 190 countries. He joined BSI in 2014 as Strategic Delivery Director, responsible for the BSI’s strategic plan and the development of the global Systems Certification & Training streams. Before joining BSI, Pietro spent 14 years at Bureau Veritas in senior strategic and international operational roles. Prior to that he worked at Oliver Wyman, formerly Mercer Management Consulting, becoming a partner in their Paris office.
Sergio was appointed on the 6th of February 2023 having joined BSI in an interim capacity in July 2021. Sergio has over 30 years professional services experience spanning roles with IBM as Executive Partner, DXC Technology as Senior Managing Partner, Infosys Consulting as Senior Partner and Accenture as a Partner. He brings significant global experience having worked in the UK, South Africa, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Chile, the USA, Finland, and Singapore.
Neil was appointed to this key role in September 2022 having joined BSI in May 2020 as Director of Standards Development. Neil held leadership roles within the Education, Financial Services and Professional Services sectors both in the UK and Australia prior to joining BSI. His career has seen him working for Cambridge Assessment (part of Cambridge University), ANZ, Deutsche Bank, UBS and within consultancy.
Phil was appointed on 1st September 2023, having joined as an interim in March 2023. Phil has over 30 years of IT and Transformation experience gained across many sectors and geographies. Recent roles have included Interim Chief Information Officer for National Grid ESO, Interim Group Chief Information Officer for Kier Group, and both Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer for Royal Mail. Prior to this Phil spent many years running and building his own transformation consultancy company working for many blue-chip clients across 27 countries.