Tom Johnston of TRADA.

TRADA creates technical development team

Published:  22 September, 2011

HIGH WYCOMBE: BM TRADA Certification has appointed Tom Johnston to head its new Technical Development Department, formed to improve client support by expanding the portfolio of schemes offered and by enhancing staff development. Mr Johnston was formerly general manager of BM TRADA Middle East in Dubai.

Mr Johnston trained as a metallurgist and gained experience in quality control and quality assurance in the UK. He moved into certification, working for BSI and LRQA in Europe, Australia and the Middle East, before taking up the position of Quality, Health & Safety and Environment Director for a major project development and construction company in Dubai.

The new Technical Development Department has three primary objectives:

  • To establish, maintain and improve technical standards across all schemes.
  • To identify and evaluate opportunities for business development.
  • To develop and deliver staff and client training.

Further new appointments within the department include Sophie Phanor as food certification manager, Rafal Andruszkiewicz as chain of custody manager (timber-based products) and Moira Towler, who has joined the team from BM TRADA Middle East, as technical development co-ordinator.

Mr Johnston said: "The establishment of a strong Technical Development Department further underlines the commitment of the BM TRADA Group to support both existing clients and the global development of our business, reflecting the changing nature of the market and our customers. We look forward to working with our stakeholders to meet this challenge."

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