UKAS is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. It is independent of Government, and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Secretary of State for Business and Trade
UKAS is appointed as the UK’s national accreditation body under the UK Accreditation Regulations 2009 for the purposes of Article 4(1) of RAMS (Regulation (EC) 765/2008, as amended and has effect in Great Britain), setting out the requirements for accreditation.
The company is managed by a Board of Non-Executive and Executive Directors.
Lord Lindsay (Chairman)
Lord Jamie Lindsay is the Chair of UKAS and a member of the House of Lords. For over three decades. Jamie has worked within Government and the private sector to drive quality, safety and environmental improvement. Alongside his role at UKAS, Jamie is the President of the Charter Quality Institute and Vice President of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute where he continues to promote the valuable contribution that quality infrastructure makes to the economy is embedded within government policy and realised to its full effect – thereby promoting the trust and confidence that businesses need to innovate and grow.
Jamie is also Chairman of BPI Pension Trustees Ltd. and the ClearBank Tide Business Banking Grant Implementation Steering Committee, Non-Executive Director of Brockwell Energy Ltd. and a member of the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee.
Jamie’s career has included a number of senior Public, Private and NGO sector appointments. He is a former Government Minister and has since advised governments on regulation with roles on the Better Regulation Commission (Deputy Chair), the Risk & Regulation Advisory Council (Joint Chairman) and the Better Regulation Strategy Group. He has held a number of senior positions in the food industry and other economic sectors.
Dr Jeff Llewellyn (Non-Executive Director)
Jeff Llewellyn is a chemist by profession. He has a BSc and Ph.D. in carbohydrate chemistry from the University of Wales (Swansea). He was at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) for 10 years, at the Department of the Environment for 6 years as a policy advisor on indoor air quality and at the Building Research Establishment (BRE, later BRE Ltd) for 12 years initially as Head of Organic Materials Division and later as Director of the Centre for Health and Environment. In January 2002 he took over as CEO of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (then an Executive Agency of DTI, now part of OPSS).
After retiring from that post in 2007 he was CEO of BMTA until the post was abolished last year. He continues as the President of BMTA. He was Vice President of EUROLAB for 6 years and CEO of EUROLAB UK for over 10 years. He was for a few years whilst at DTI an assessor of Asbestos Testing Labs for NATLAS as UKAS was then. He has been a NED on the UKAS Board since October 2015.
Sarah Veale CBE (Non-Executive Director)
Sarah Veale CBE retired as Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC in 2015. At the TUC she was responsible for the organisation’s work on equality and trade union and employment rights.
Sarah was, until January 2017, a Board member at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She was, until June 2018, a member of the Regulatory Policy Committee, which provides independent assessment of Government regulatory and de-regulatory proposals.
From July 2018 to April 2019, Sarah was a member of the Fair Work Commission, which produced a report and recommendations to the Wales Government in March 2019. In the past Sarah was also member of the ACAS Council and the HSE Board.
Alongside being a non-executive Director at UKAS Sarah is Chair of the national charity Equally Ours.
Professor Michael Mainelli (Non-Executive Director)
Michael is a qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT. Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography), after directing the Geodat & Mundocart projects in Switzerland he became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting, and Corporate Development Director for Europe’s largest R&D firm, then the Ministry of Defence’s 14,000 strong Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. During a mergers & acquisitions spell in merchant banking with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading think-tank, promoting societal advance through better finance and technology. Z/Yen is renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices.
Michael is non-executive director of a listed firm, Fellow of Goodenough College, Honorary Fellow of King’s College London, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders, and an Alderman and Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021. He is Emeritus Professor & Life Fellow at Gresham College where he created the Long Finance initiative asking “when would we know our financial system is working?”. He has been awarded Consigliere del Senato Accademico of L’Accademia Tiberina, British Computer Society Director of the Year, UK Foresight Challenge & Smart Awards for projects. His third book, written with Ian Harris, The Price Of Fish: A New Approach To Wicked Economics And Better Decisions, won the Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.
Professor Adrian Newland, CBE (Non-Executive Director)
Adrian Newland was Professor of Haematology and Honorary Consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK and at Queen Mary University of London.
He was involved with the development of the Clinical Pathology Accreditation scheme developed by Professor John Lilleyman for the Royal College of Pathologists during his time as a council member in the early 1990s. He remained involved in accreditation and was instrumental during his time as President in helping forge closer links between CPA and UKAS. At that time, he also advised the then President of the Royal College of Radiology (Dame Janet Husband) on the development of the
Quality Standard for Imaging (QSI) scheme. As past secretary of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges he became their advisor on accreditation. Adrian continues to guide UKAS’ healthcare strategy as chair of the Steering Group for Accreditation of Healthcare Diagnostics and Scientific Services.
On behalf of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges he also helped develop the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and was a member of its first board. He also helped appoint the executive team for the IQIPS scheme for the Royal College of Physicians. He was President of the Royal College of Pathologists (2005-8) and was National Advisor in Pathology to NHS Improvement from 2017-2020.
Philip Rycroft (Non-Executive Director)
Philip Rycroft worked in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) between March 2017 and March 2019, from October 2017 as Permanent Secretary. He was responsible for leading the department in all its work on the Government’s preparations for Brexit. He was also head of the UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for advising ministers on all aspects of the UK constitution and devolution. Before that he was the Director General in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.
Through his career, Philip worked in a variety of roles, in the Civil Service in Scotland and London, including in the Business Department, in the European Commission and in business.
Philip left the civil service at the end of March 2019 and now works as an academic, non-executive and independent consultant.
He is an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh University and a Senior Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.
Matt Gantley (Chief Executive)
Matt Gantley is the Chief Executive of UKAS, where he is responsible for leading its remit as the UK’s National Accreditation Service as well as driving its vision to be the world’s foremost accreditation body, recognised and respected for the development and delivery of accreditation services for the benefit of society now and in the future.
Matt has over 20 years’ experience in the conformity assessment sector and prior to joining UKAS he was the Managing Director of NQA Certification and held senior Directorship positions in certification, training and consulting enterprises.
His key achievements include strategic and commercial development alongside international management in emerging markets. Matt is passionate about corporate and business strategy and served as a visiting MBA lecturer at Manchester Business School.
Matt has also fulfilled Non-Exec roles for Elmhurst (EPBD Training/Certification), was a Board Director of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) and was the Chairman of the Association of British Certification Bodies. Matt is currently a Board member of the Engineering Council (the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession) and is an active member of CQI and IEMA.
Georgia Alsop (Finance & Corporate Services Director)
Georgia is the Finance and Corporate Services Director of UKAS responsible for Finance, Systems, Human Resources as well as the Customer Services team. Georgia is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with over 14 years’ experience working as a Board level director with commercial experience in the professional services and financial services sectors, and a proven track record of maximising stakeholder value through strategic planning, adept risk management, dynamic business transformation and cultural change.
During her time at UKAS, Georgia has led the transformation of business support services into the adaptable team that they have become today, enabling UKAS to continue to meet its customers’ needs.
Lorraine Turner (Accreditation Director)
Lorraine Turner is the Accreditation Director at UKAS. Lorraine is responsible for setting, driving and maintaining technical policy, customer service standards and management of business risks. Moreover, due to the broad stakeholder network and Government bodies that specify and rely upon accreditation Lorraine oversees the external affairs and international technical engagement strategy for UKAS as well as development of new accreditation services to ensure they meet the highest technical standards.
Lorraine is a chemist by background and first joined UKAS in July 1995 and since then has held a variety of roles across the operations and technical areas of UKAS. Lorraine has extensive experience in the assessment and accreditation process as well as in standards and policy development.
Lorraine participates in a number of European and international accreditation and standards committees and participates in multiple groups providing advice on accreditation to national regulators and global agencies. Lorraine is the current Chair of the ILAC Inspection Committee and is responsible for the harmonisation and improvement of accreditation practices for inspection activities.
Prior to joining UKAS Lorraine worked in local government as a Senior Analyst in an environmental and consumer products testing laboratory and was a part time lecturer in analytical science at a further education college. Lorraine holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and an MSc in Analytical Chemistry, she is a Chartered Chemist and holds membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Directors.
Jeff Ruddle (Strategic Development Director)
Jeff is the Strategic Development Director for UKAS. Jeff has worked in the conformity assessment sector since graduating with a Chemistry Degree from the University of Sheffield.
Prior to joining UKAS he worked in environmental testing laboratories and reference material producers assisting the development and operation of their accredited activities.
Jeff joined UKAS in 2005 as an Assessment Manager within the Industrial Chemistry section. Since joining UKAS he has risen through the ranks holding several different roles at both Senior Management and Executive Level, including 7 years as UKAS’s Operations Director.
Jeff is a firm believer that accreditation provides value to society by enabling confidence in the products and services many of which are vital for public safety. In his current role of Strategic Development Director Jeff has overall responsibility for devising, implementing and tracking UKAS’s strategy along with overseeing several strategic projects which are aimed at improving UKAS’s service to our customers and stakeholders and ultimately provide greater value to those who hold and rely upon UKAS Accreditation.
Lynsey Poyner (Operations Director)
Lynsey joined UKAS in 2023 and brings with her 18 years of experience in the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry, managing operational teams and leading transformational change.
Lynsey is a member of the UKAS Executive team and is responsible for oversight of the accreditation of all UKAS’s conformity assessment body (CAB) customers and with an operations team of around 170 staff.