NQA Director Team
Find out about our NQA Directors below...
Time with NQA: 14+ years
Qualifications: MBA, BA (Hons) HRM
Personal fact: Laura is a Yorkshire lady through and through, spending her spare time hill walking and baking!
Since joining the company in 2008, Laura has worked across the organisation in telesales, scheme development, renewable technologies, field sales and Commercial and Customer Experience Director.
As Managing Director, Laura is now responsible for NQA globally - driving the business into the future on an international scale.
Time with NQA: 8+ years
Qualifications: ACMA CGMA
Personal fact: Nicola loves sport especially athletics and hates heights!
Nicola joined NQA UK in 2015 and is responsible for the group’s accounting function, ensuring that financial policies are robust, compliant and support NQAs objectives in the commercial environment.
Along with other large global organisations like NQA she has previously been responsible for financial management and reporting within a Charity and LLP.
Carbon & Sustainability Services Director
Time with NQA: 10+ years
Qualifications: MSc, BSc, MIEMA, CEnv, IRCA Lead Auditor
Personal fact: Stephen lives close to Edinburgh and still loves to keep his hand in by conducting client audits now and again.
Stephen has experienced several different roles in NQA, originally acting as a sub-contract auditor and later a full-time auditor, before undertaking Field Operations Manager duties.
He now leads NQA's Carbon & Sustainability sector, as the business expands its position and offer in this increasingly important industry.
Global Accreditation Director
Time with NQA: 20+ years
Personal fact: Steve is a huge MK Dons fan.
Steve joined NQA in 1998 as a Quality Officer. He is currently the Chairman of the Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB) and also represents the ABCB on the UKAS Management Systems Technical Advisory Committee, a group of key stakeholders who act as an advisory forum to our national accreditation body. At NQA, Steve is responsible for managing relationships with regulators, the oversight of risk and the integrity of NQA’s global business management system. His aim is to exceed the expectations of NQA’s regulators and to support the global business through taking a proactive approach to the maintenance and growth of NQA’s approvals.
Time with NQA: 6+ years
Personal fact: Archie is a big Scottish Rugby fan and although disappointing, isnt related to Archie Gemmill, the Scottish former footballer.
Archie joined NQA in November 2017 utilising his experience accrued over 22 years in the RAF to qualify initially as an ISO 9001:2015 Auditor. He has used this as the foundation to qualify as an AS9100D approved Aerospace Experienced Auditor (AEA). Following this Archie has subsequently qualified to audit against AS9120B – ASD Distributors and AS6081 – Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts. As Field Director, Archie manages our field-based auditors and sub-contractors through the UK and Ireland, ensuring their competence and capabilities to enhance the audit experience for all NQA clients.
Time with NQA: 6+ years
Personal fact: Sam is an animal lover with 2 dogs, Hetty (Miniature Schnauzer) and Roy (Cockerpoo cross)
Sam joined NQA in 2017 as a Key Account Manager, quickly progressing to become Operations Manager, before leading the growth of NQA’s highly regarded training department. Sam is now Commercial Director and is also a trained auditor in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Sam is a strong supporter of NQA’s Chosen Charity for 2024, Woodgreen, which provides shelter, specialist care and a promising future for thousands of pets.