BASEC Management Team
In 2017 the BASEC Board agreed to expand and strengthen the management team. Combining years of cable industry and technical experience with new thinking from outside the industry, the management team is now well placed to to deliver the Board's vision of a truly customer focused service with global reach.
Tony joined BASEC in November 2017 as Chief Executive. Prior to this, he worked as a strategy consultant providing financial, marketing and digital transformation to SMEs. Previous roles also include Group Marketing Director at ACAL plc, Managing Director at ACAL BFi UK and Director of e-business EMEAR for Epson. Tony was appointed by the BASEC Board to spearhead a customer focused strategy to drive growth worldwide. Tony holds an MBA in International Marketing Strategy, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Dr Jeremy Hodge
Jeremy’s involvement with BASEC began in 1993 when he joined the Board. In 2005 he joined the staff as Chief Executive before moving to his current role as Technical Director in 2017. During his time at BASEC Jeremy has established the company’s world-class laboratory and fire test facilities to make it a leader in its field. Previously he has worked as Director of Research and MD of the Fire Division at BRE, as Head of Risk Sciences at LPC and as a Researcher at BP. He has a doctorate in physical chemistry from Oxford University. The key challenge Jeremy identifies in his new role as Technical Director at BASEC is to ensure that testing and certification services meet the ever-changing demands of technology and the market.
Ola joined BASEC in 2016 as Company Secretary and also has responsibility for HR lead duties. She holds an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and LLM (Master of Laws) in International Commercial Law and has many years of Company Secretarial and International Commercial Law experience. Ola’s responsibility as the Company Secretary of BASEC is to provide specialist skills and technical knowledge in the area of corporate governance and to develop and implement processes to promote and sustain good corporate governance within the company. She has a duty to give impartial advice to the Board of Directors and to advise and support the Chairman on all governance matters.
Appointed as Commercial Director in January 2018, Richard has 30 years’ experience in the cable testing and approvals industry. He joined BASEC in January 2015 as Certification Manager where he was responsible for overseeing all the auditing and product approval functions and processes. Prior to this he worked at BRE in a number of capacities, including Business Group Manager – Assessment Services for BRE Global and Business Group Manager - Cables for BRE Certification. In his new role as BASEC’s Commercial Director, Richard’s is focussed on developing a customer centric approach to the business that ensures that customer’s expectations are met and exceeded at all times.
Joining BASEC as Laboratory Manager in 2012, Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the cable industry. Ian started his career at BSI, progressing from a Technician in the Cables, Electronics & Lighting laboratories to Engineer and then Laboratory Manager in charge of Cables, Electronics, Complex Electronics, Medical Electronics, Electrical Accessories, EMC, Environmental, Fire Alarm Systems and Lighting & Photometric laboratories. Heading up a team of 20+ lab technicians and chemists at BASEC, the key challenges currently facing Ian are further developing the company’s testing capabilities in sectors such as Marine, Renewables and Oil & Gas, plus ensuring the smooth transition to the new BS EN ISO/IEC 170525:2017 specification.
Marie joined BASEC as Marketing Manager in March 2018, having previously spent 18 years as a Director at the Redbush Tea Company. During this time Marie was instrumental in developing both their sales and marketing teams and in creating a UK brand leader and top ten UK tea company. With a background in property and town planning, Marie also worked for several years in New York, primarily in event management, PR, corporate hospitality and conferences. In joining BASEC, Marie’s objective is to truly establish the brand on the global map and to implement a strategy that reaches and resonates with both manufacturers and specifiers in the cable industry.
Joining BASEC’s management team in April 2018, Karen brings over 20 years’ experience as a Financial Controller, Management Accountant and IT systems developer to the role. Her prior experience has been across a diverse range of businesses and industries, including Director of Finance at CAL Controls Ltd, as well as time at ADT Fire & Security and GEC/Siemens Group. Karen is a Fellow Charted Certified Accountant and in her new role will be focussing on strong financial control to ensure the successful future growth of BASEC.