In February, we welcomed Alan to the team. Many of you will recognise Alan from previous job roles he’s had in the industry over the years. Our connection with Alan actually spans over two decades, dating back to his school days! Here’s a little bit about his career journey straight from the horse’s mouth!

My very first experience in the world of certification was in 2002 when I did work experience for IMS International – where Mike and Graham both worked at the time! I was given my first duties in business development – taking names off a database, creating ‘mailshots’ to print-out, fold, envelope and frank, ready for posting. This lasted a whole three weeks before I had to return to my Year-9 school time with a little taste of things to come.

Fast forward six years, now on University work placement, I spent a little over a year working for The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) as a marketing intern. Some highlights from my time included visiting clients and travelling across the Middle East organising and attending trade exhibitions. After graduating, I then spent six years in the retail industry working for a retail merchandising manufacturer.

It was in 2016 that my career as a certification auditor really kicked off. I returned to IMS International and spent two and a half years auditing to ISO 9001 and then ISO 14001. I joined NQA Certification in 2018 and for four years was an auditor for ISO 45001 and ISO 50001 clients. I then joined SGS UK in 2022 and continued auditing the core “IMS” standards for a year before moving into an operational and people management role. I have now re-joined my old colleagues at Auva Certification as Business Development Officer!

I’m really excited to work with the Auva team and ‘Going Further’ by continuing to build on their recent successes.

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