The Conformance Team
Conformance is the UK's leading specialist in Product Safety Regulations and CE Marking assessments.
We specialise in helping companies, large and small, to meet their product compliance regulations in markets and industries around the world. 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.
Nick set Conformance up in 1993 having been working for a UK domestic appliance manufacturer when CE marking first became mandatory in the early 1990’s. He has an honours degree in Physics and Electronics. His knowledge extends across a broad range of directives and includes machinery, electrical safety, EMC, medical devices and consumer goods. He’s particularly good at identifying the requirements for novel products on the margins of the directives, and has an unrivalled understanding of the political and strategic issues arising from the CE marking directives.
Pete specialises in large industrial equipment such as machinery, process and energy plant, pressure equipment and equipment for explosive atmospheres. He has an masters degree in mechanical in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, and spent 10 years in a wide range of manufacturing environments including automotive, plastics, minerals and defence prior to joining Conformance in 2001. He speaks five languages and has travelled widely in the course of his work and leisure activities.
Richard 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.
Jared is our Construction Products specialist having over 15 years prior experience from a manufacturer’s point of view in the construction products market. His knowledge covers product design, engineering, commercial sales and quality management. Since joining the company in 2013, he has supported many manufacturers and importers of all types of products fulfil their obligations under the Construction Products Regulation.
Jim focuses on Machinery Directive requirements, Noise Emissions Directive requirements, creating Technical Files, creating and updating instruction manuals and requirements for markings. 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.
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.
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.
Glen specialises in areas relating to the Machinery Directive, including sound and vibration testing and assessments of machinery. Glen is our practical hands on expert and has created a number of bespoke test rigs for specialised testing of customer samples. 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.
Chris is the most recent consultant to join us, specialising in electrical and electronic products. He first came across CE marking when working as an engineer designing electronic and electrical controls for the commercial refrigeration industry, and then chose to specialise in the regulatory side of engineering for consumer electronics products. At Conformance Chris focuses on the Low Voltage Directive, Radio Equipment Directive, EMC Directive, Eco-design Directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and related areas. Chris has also helped develop a new Ecodesign standard and invstigated Li battery safety.
John is our General Manager and a Chartered Engineer with degrees in Mathematical Engineering, Control Systems and a PhD. 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 variety of customers and industry sectors, primarily in the automation and control of machinery and processes. As General Manager he has overall responsibility for the business, including delivery management, quality control and team development.
Sue is our office manager and deals with company administration and job management. Sue has worked for Conformance for many years and is a knowledgeable contact point helping customers with commercial set up and job progress
Ilona joined us as a sales and marketing assistant to help with our growing workload, she deals with customer enquiries, company adminstration and assists with website development. Ilona also assists the company consultants with training preparatation and seminar organisation. Ilona graduated from university with a degree in Psychology and has a background in customer services.
Sarah previously combined her business and teaching degrees to set up and run special needs units for county councils. She now manages the Conformance marketing strategy and website development.
Lesley has recently joined Conformance as part time financial controller. Her degrees in Applied Mathematics initially took her into data analysis and IT. She has been working in accounts for a number of companies for many years now.
John is an independant specialist who assists us in electrical and physical assessment. John had seven years experience as a manager for a leading international test house. He 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.
Nick 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 coal-face worker to General Manager at the only working gold mine in the British Isles. He moved on to the Irish Health and Safety Authority and then into mangement of tunelling and underground and surface mining projects. He retains links with Conformance as an adviser and consultant.
Murray 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 has a degree in Wood Science. He has worked 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.
Hugh assists us with 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.
Colin is a highly experienced mechanical engineer and product conformity assessment professional with over 25 years’ experience in the power generation and pressure equipment sectors. Originally working on pressure part design of large utility steam generators, more recently he held senior technical management positions with two leading global conformity assessment bodies and has gained a broad knowledge of EU product conformity directives and regulations in the pressure equipment, machinery and construction sectors. Relatively new to Conformance, Colin has initially focused on the Pressure Equipment Directive.