Making excellence a habit
Howard Kerr 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 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.
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.
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.
Pietro is responsible for the delivery of BSI’s rolling three year strategic plan and the development of the global Systems Certification business stream. Before joining BSI in September 2014, Pietro spent 14 years at Bureau Veritas in senior strategic and international operational roles. Prior to that he worked at Mercer Management Consulting, becoming a partner in their Paris office.
Shirley Bailey-Wood was appointed as Director, BSI Information Solutions in December 2014, having been BSI’s Director of Publishing since 2011. Shirley is responsible for the leadership and strategic development of BSI Standards Limited. Shirley 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.
Grainne Brankin joined BSI as General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2017. She is a UK qualified solicitor with extensive international experience as a strategic advisor, legal team leader and corporate lawyer. After qualifying at Clifford Chance, Grainne worked as a commercial lawyer in London and Paris specialising in telecoms and technology sectors and then spent nearly 10 years with Yahoo! Inc in various senior legal roles. Her experience includes General Counsel and Company Secretary roles at UK listed, US multinational and private-equity owned companies.