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Conformance is the UK's leading independent specialist in Product Safety, CE Marking and UKCA Marking.

We specialise in helping companies, large and small, to meet the compliance regulations for their products 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 aware of the compliance pressures on our customers and using our customer focused approach we will support you through this process.

Conformance was established at the end of 1993 and since then the company has built up a client base which includes manufacturers and importers from the UK and countries around the world. Our service areas include product safety and CE marking and UKCA Marking assessment, consultancy and training. We can also support you in completing your self-assessment and Declaration of Conformity. Our expertise covers a wide range of CE marking and UKCA Marking directives such as machinery, ATEX, pressure equipment and electrical. 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.

Directors

Nick Williams

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.

Anna Whatley

Anna has supported Nick with the business since the company was founded. She has a degree in Hotel and Catering Management, a Masters in Tourism Management and some business and teaching experience. Anna has an overview of all financial, personnel and facility matters and assists the management team with business decisions, she will also make lunch and lovely cakes if you visit.

Senior Consultants

Steven Jackson

Steve is a mechanical & electrical engineering honours graduate with an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. At Conformance, Steven specialises in the Machinery Directive, safety of control systems and the work equipment regulations. He has thirty 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.

Chris Wordley

Chris specialises in electrical and electronic products. He 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 investigated Li battery safety.

Stephen Kimber

Stephen has over 36 years experience in the office equipment industry and has worked with EU directives and standards for a major Japanese printer company ensuring compliance for their products. He is also a Trainer and an Auditor to ISO14001. He was one of the architects of the EU Imaging Equipment Voluntary Agreement, which is an alternative to direct legislation under the Eco Design Directive (ErP). He specialises in LVD, EMC, RoHS, WEEE, REACH and, more recently, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Bob Scholfield

Bob has spent over 40 years working in engineering and is a Chartered Engineer, being as Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He has recently joined us at Conformance, specialising in the Machinery Directive and the Construction Products Regulations. Bob has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in a variety of sectors including automotive, rail, steel, telecommunications infrastructure and construction products as well as for engineering consultancies where he has acted as an expert witness in personal injury and material damage claims, giving evidence in court on numerous occasions. 

Consultants

Jim Woodall

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 across a spectrum of products which includes earth-moving machinery, power generation and food manufacturing.

Joe Buck

Joe joined Conformance in 2018 after completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering where he undertook projects in automation and novel material manufacturing. Since then Joe has qualified as a TÜV SÜD Functional Safety Engineer and established himself as a specialist in the Machinery Directive, with a particular focus on automation technologies and the requirements of EN ISO 13849-1.

Charlotte Bond

Charlotte joined Confiormance in 2012. Initially in sales and marketing, she currently works part-time as our toy safety expert, helping the many home toy-makers to get their toys through the CE marking process. In addition to toy safety, Charlotte manages our subscription product services.

Tom Chaldecott

Tom joined Conformance in 2021 and specialises in the Machinery Directive. He is a Mechanical Engineering Masters graduate with 6 years’ experience delivering sensing technology projects. Previously he managed an engineering team and H&S systems within a scale-up business where he was part of the senior leadership team. He has been recognised by Business Insider as “100 People Transforming Business”.

Mark Wilson

Mark is a mechanical engineer with many years’ experience of certification, testing and auditing of electrical and mechanical products, Prior to joining Conformance he worked at an ATEX Notified Body. He is a member of the EXL/31 Stanadrds committee and has an in depth knoweledge of the nuances of the conformity assessment process. He joined Conformance in the summer of 2021, specialising in electrical and electronic products.

Commercial Team

Sue Herbert

Sue is our Office Manager and deals with company administration and job management. Sue is the longest-standing member of staff at Conformance and is a knowledgeable contact point helping customers with commercial set up and job progress.

Ilona Piedaniel

Ilona is our Sales and Marketing Executive.  Her role is to manage website development and social media interactions and assist with sales administration. Ilona also assists the company consultants with organisation and preparation for training and and seminar. She graduated from university with a degree in Psychology and has a background in customer services. Ilona is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to welcoming her back soon. 

Lesley Ayers

Lesley is our Financial Controller. Her degrees in Applied Mathematics initially took her into data analysis and IT but at Conformance she is responsible for payroll, cashflow, management accocounting and data analysis.

Vicki Macartney

Vicki is our Sales Administrator and will be your first point of contact within the company if you ring us up or send an e-mail. She joined Conformance in 2019. Vicki brings with her over 20 years experience in PA, administration and customer service roles and provides daily support to the management team and engineers.

Henry Rockliff

Henry is our part time Facilities Manager. He aims to keep everything running smoothly for all of our employees at Conformance. He studied bio-materials and tissue engineering at Sheffield University, and has worked in the rope access for many years across a variety of industries and countries. More recently when he's not working for Conformance he has taken to farming and is building and developing a campsite in the Peak District. 

Claire Angier

Claire has recently joined the Conformance team after completing a Masters degree in Atmospheric Chemistry where she researched the kinetics of gaseous chemical reactions related to modelling combustion, atmospheric and astrochemical processes. She has worked as a student ambassador for the University of Leeds throughout her studies and has work experience as both a law intern and as an analytical lab assistant for Tata Steel.

Freya Williams

Freya is our Sales and Marketing Assistant, helping Ilona with company administration as well as delivering our marketing. Freya has a degree in Photography from Falmouth University and is currently learning British Sign Language. She runs our Social Media and designs all our digital and physical materials, including the presentations used in training.

Team Associates

John Cotman

John is an independent specialist who assists us in electrical appliance and machinery assessment. John had seven years experience as a manager for a leading international test house. He also gained valuable experience as Quality Manager in the lighting industry, which has also provided him with a thorough understanding of the intricacies of importing electrical equipment into the EU and UK.

David Payne

David has a degree in Wood Science. He has worked for the BM TRADA Group on conformity assessments of products for the Construction Products Regulation, both to harmonised European standards and European Technical Approvals. He's also an expert on applying the international standards for the management of test labs and certification bodies. In his work for Conformance he is most often to be found helping construction products manufacturers to understand and apply the requirements for Initial Type Testing (ITT) and Factory Production Control (FPC) demanded by the Regulation and its associated standards.

Colin Pimley

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. Colin's work at Conformance is mostly related to pressure equipment.

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Conformance Offices

Head Office

Great Hucklow
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 8RG
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1298 873800
Fax: +44 (0)1298 873801
E-mail: cemark[at]conformance.co.uk

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