Conformance is one of the UK's leading independent consultancies on CE marking, product safety and environmental issues.

We specialise in meeting the needs of small and medium sized manufacturing companies. Our priorities are to keep costs for our clients down and to act with speed and accuracy. In the competitive world of international commerce, we believe we have the knowledge and experience to give our clients the edge. We are fully familiar with the pressures of both the retail and large industrial markets.

Conformance was established at the beginning of 1994 and since then the company has built up a client base which includes manufacturers and importers from the UK and countries around the world. Product areas include the full range of CE marking directives from electronic, electrical and mechanical equipment through medical devices and personal protective equipment to the civil uses of explosives and the Recreational Craft Directive. The smallest device we have ever worked on was the size of a kidney bean; the largest a multi-million pound water industry installation.

Our head office is located in the small village of Great Hucklow in the beautiful Peak District area of central England, between the major cities of Manchester to the west and Sheffield to the east.
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SENIOR CONSULTANTS

 

nickNick Williams

is the company founder and a specialist in electrical safety and manufacturing engineering. A BSc (Hons) graduate in Physics and Electronics, his background includes work on national gas distribution, the design of lightning simulation apparatus and of photographic enlargers. Prior to starting the company, he worked for a manufacturer of domestic electrical appliances where duties included managing product design and production engineering as well as product safety approvals for markets in over twenty countries.

 

 

petePete Hall

has an M.Eng & Man. in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, and 15 years experience in a wide range of manufacturing environments including automotive, plastics, minerals and defence. At Conformance he specialises in machinery, pressure equipment and explosive atmospheres. He speaks five languages and has travelled widely in the course of his work and leisure activities.

 

 

jonJohn Cotman

is our electrical expert, specialising in electrical and physical testing. John joined Conformance in 2010 bringing over seven years experience as a manager for a leading international test house. He has also gained valuable experience as a quality manager for the lighting industry, which has also provided him with a thorough understanding of the intricacies of importing electrical equipment into the EU.

 

 

richardRichard Brooks

specialises in the machinery directive and has expertise in safety-related design and compliance of mechanical equipment. Richard graduated in Mechanical Engineering and has 12 years experience as a machinery design engineer, as well as 4 years experience at the Health and Safety Laboratory - (an agency of the HSE) - where he was involved in incident investigation and analysis, and advising on safety-related design of equipment. At Conformance, Richard has developed an understanding of the other machinery-related CE Directives and specialised in safety-related control systems, applying the knowledge he gained at the Health and Safety Laboratory.

 

CONSULTANTS

 

jaredJared Heathcote

Jared is our Construction Products specialist having over 15 years experience from a manufacturer’s point of view in the lightside construction products arena. His knowledge covers product design, engineering, commercial sales and quality management. Jared has practical experience in this area having successfully brought his previous company up to date with the new Construction Products Regulation.

 

 

jimJim Woodall

Jim focuses on Machinery Directive requirements, Noise Emissions Directive requirements, test procedures for assessments, and creating Technical Files. Jim joined the company in November 2006 after completing a PhD in Physics at UMIST in Manchester. Since joining Conformance, Jim has gained extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of areas.


 

 

steveSteven Jackson

Steve is a mechanical & electrical engineering honours graduate with an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. For Conformance, Steven specialises in the Machinery Directive, safety of control systems and the work equipment regulations. He has twenty years of engineering experience including work in the power generation and automotive sectors, focusing on machine reliability, component failure and vibration & acoustic research testing. Within the machine tool industry, his roles have included machine performance improvement and, in previously working for a Machinery Directive Notified Body, machinery compliance.

 

 

deboraDebora Greco

Debora specialises in the application of the ATEX Directive, DSEAR Regulations and the Machinery Directive. After a masters degree, she completed a Professional Master's Program regarding the integration of Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental systems. Debora gained her experience working at Notified Bodies as a certification engineer and moved into consulting in 2012. Debora supports Nick (Williams) in Medical Devices projects. Her background also includes ATEX and MDD quality system experience both as a developer and as an auditor.


 

 

glenGlen Sankey

specialises in areas relating to the Machinery Directive, including testing and assessments of equipment. His personal interest in vehicles and machinery means he has a lot of practical experience and skills, which are invaluable when it comes to machinery assessments. Having completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering, Glen joined Conformance in 2010 where he has gained experience of the various directives, as well as creating checklists and compiling Technical Files.

 

ASSOCIATES

 

Nick Hardie

is a chartered mining engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He's held a wide range of positions in the mining and tunnelling industry from (literally) coal-face worker to General Manager at the only working gold mine in the British Isles. After a short spell working as a Conformance employee, he moved on to the Irish Health and Safety Authority and then into mangement of tunelling and underground and surface mining projects. He retains strong personal links with Conformance as an adviser and consultant on mining and heavy machinery projects.



 

 

Murray Knapp

completed an engineering apprenticeship, and a first Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management. He then spent 15 years working in the defence industry, culminating in being appointed UK Design Authority for a significant UK defence system. He is a highly experienced Chartered Engineer and also provides the health and safety focus for the Company's operations.




 

 

David Payne

attained an honours degree in Wood Science at Bangor University, and then spent 6 years conducting research and development in the field of materials science of Bio-composites. He has spent 11 years in the commercial manufacturing sector for a leading producer of remedial construction products, including roles in research and development, quality assurance and providing technical support, eventually becoming Technical Director. He has spent the last 7 years working for the BM TRADA Group in conformity assessments of products in respect of the Construction Products Directive, both to harmonised European standards and European Technical Approvals. Hence he has invaluable skills to assist and advise manufacturers, importers and distributors in achieving compliance with the Construction Products Directive/Regulation.



 

OFFICE MANAGEMENT

 

johnJohn Hargraves

is our General Manager and a Chartered Engineer with degrees in Mathematical Engineering, Control Systems and a PhD. Professionally he is a member of both the Institute of Engineering & Technology and the Institute of Measurement & Control. He has extensive experience in delivering professional engineering services to a wide variety of customers and industry sectors, primarily related to the automation and control of machinery and processes. In his career John has undertaken a variety of roles - Project Manager, Technical Manager, IT Manager and Quality Manager - for organisations of differing sizes; most recently he was the UK Project Engineering Manager at Emersons Process Management. As General Manager at Conformance he has overall responsibility for the business, including delivery management, quality control and team development.


 

 

sueSue Herbert

is our office manager and deals with company administration and finance. Sue has been with us for many years and knows our operations inside out, offering a knowledgeable contact point for existing as well as new clients.


 

 

ilonaIlona Piedaniel

recently joined us as a sales and marketing assistant to help with our growing workload. Ilona graduated from university with a degree in Psychology and has a background in customer services.


 

 

sarahSarah Hall

has recently joined us as an additional sales & marketing administrator to assist with our growing information workload and customer service routines. Sarah previously combined her business and teaching degree to set up and run special needs units for county councils.


 

 

hughHugh St.Lawrence

manages our marketing communications, corporate ID and web site development. A Business Studies graduate, Hugh worked in marketing with Philips and Marconi before developing a career in advertising and PR. After moving to the north of England he worked as marketing communications manager for several companies in the industrial and machinery sectors, developing their corporate ID, marketing and web communications.

Conformance Ltd. | Registered in England, Company No. 3478646 | VAT No. GB 741 1166 65