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The Experts

The Expert Network

The quality of our services is underpinned by a pool of consultants and subject matter experts who are qualified following CEN guidelines.
The team of hand-picked experts working for PROMIS® is highly qualified and well established in their specific field of expertise.

Richard Gowland
Industrial Safety & Occupational Safety

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Richard Gowland graduated 1965 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Durham, England. He is Technical Director of the European Process Safety Centre, which is an industry funded association dedicated to improving best practice in Process Safety in the Chemical, Oil and Gas industries.
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Richard Gowland graduated 1965 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Durham, England. He is Technical Director of the European Process Safety Centre, which is an industry funded association dedicated to improving best practice in Process Safety in the Chemical, Oil and Gas industries.He also acts as an independent specialist in Chemical Process and Occupational Safety. In this role he sets up Safety Management Systems, carries out risk reviews using techniques such as Process Hazard Analysis, Hazard and Operability Study and Layer of Protection Analysis. He also provides public training courses on these topics.

His main career history covers the Steel Industry, Microporous Polymers and a long career in Engineering, Project Management, Production Management, new technology introduction and Process Safety leadership in the Dow Chemical Company. Since retiring from Dow he has carried out major risk reviews and Safety Management projects in the gas and mining chemicals industries in addition to regular specialist work on risk for Small and Medium Enterprises.

Recent key landmarks:

  • Awarded the Institution of Chemical Engineers Franklin medal for Inherently Safer Process Design.
  • Award for collaboration to produce Dow company policy on Safety Instrumented Systems.
  • Chairman (now retired) of the European Technology Platform for Industrial Safety (Supporting Framework 7 research)
  • Chairman of the UK Health and Safety Executive Subgroup for proper application of Layer of Protection Analysis to fuel storage facilities (following the Buncefield major fire and explosion)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Habil. Petra Winzer
Generic Systems Engineering, Product Safety & Quality Management

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Received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and the habilitation from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1996. Until her appointment as Chair for Product Safety and Quality at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, in 1999 she was head engineer at the Chair of Environmentally Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Cottbus, Germany.

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Petra Winzer received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, and the habilitation from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1996. Until her appointment as Chair for Product Safety and Quality at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, in 1999 she was head engineer at the Chair of Environmentally Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Cottbus, Germany. Her current research fields are system engineering, management systems, quality and sustainable development management. Dr. Winzer has been a member of German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatec) since 2007 and prorector for transfer and internationality at the University of Wuppertal since 2008.

Recent key landmarks:

    • Received the VDI-Medal of the Association of German Engineers in 2011
    • prorector for transfer and internationality at the University of Wuppertal since 2008.
    • member of German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatec) since 2007
    • board member of the German Society for Quality (DGQ)
    • established the Master of Quality Engineering in Germany

 

Mag. Alexander Krainz
Legal Compliance & Integrated Management

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Mr. Mag. Krainz has completed the studies of law at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. Austria. Prior to 1999, he has worked at the University of Leoben in process improvement, management systems and policies and as an independent contractor in event management in Germany.

Mr. Mag. Krainz has completed the studies of law at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. Austria. Prior to 1999, he has worked at the University of Leoben in process improvement, management systems and policies and as an independent contractor in event management in Germany. Since then, he is Managing Director of the consulting company innoversum GmbH focusing on three main domains:

In the domain management systems the most important activities are the development, the monitoring and the optimization of (integrated) management systems. Main subjects of coverage are quality, environment, security, crisis and risk management. Mag. Krainz is an external certified Auditor of TUV Austria Cert GmbH for quality, environment and safety at work.

In the domain law is the focus on operational compliance with legislation. He is aiming to build up and sustain legal compliance for operational issues, minimizing therefore any risk.

Works as external security force consultant for companies complement these activities.

As far as the domain competence is concerned, Mag. Krainz holds a proven record as registered mediator of economic and environmental mediations. He works as moderator and trainer as well as lecturer in the field of corporate law at the University of applied sciences Pinkafeld.

He is Chairman of the Board of the Association for crisis intervention of the Austrian State of Styria.

André Pirlet
Standardization Advisor

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André PIRLET is a standardization expert. He graduated as Engineer from the Liège University (Belgium) in 1977 and got also a MSc from Oregon State University (USA). He worked for many years in CEN, the European Committee for Standardization (www.cen.eu) on various Projects (gas supply and gas appliances, explosive atmospheres, power engineering, certification, metrology) but was mainly involved in reinforcing the links and cooperation between Standardisation and Research.

André PIRLET is a standardization expert. He graduated as Engineer from the Liège University (Belgium) in 1977 and got also a MSc from Oregon State University (USA). He worked for many years in CEN, the European Committee for Standardization (www.cen.eu) on various Projects (gas supply and gas appliances, explosive atmospheres, power engineering, certification, metrology) but was mainly involved in reinforcing the links and cooperation between Standardisation and Research.

André Pirlet coordinated for CEN the input in the “dedicated calls” of FP4 and FP5, with the European programme Standards, Measurements and Testing. He initiated the launching in CEN of the standardization for humanitarian demining, and helped to develop new areas (electrical vehicles, nuclear energy), also through several “Trends Analysis Workshops”, which resulted for example in the Technical Committee for Nanotechnology. Since 2002 he has participated actively in several research projects (manly Security, Transport, Food and Environment) in order to foster standardization activities in new areas.

He developed (within CEN/STAR) the methodology of the “integrated approach” for more efficiency for reaching ambitious objectives, with long lasting benefits.

André PIRLET is married, has 4 children, and is Reserve Officer (Major) in the Belgian Air Force.

Dr. Klaus Scheuermann
Health & Safety, Occupational Safety

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He has a long years experience as Technical Inspector for Health and Safety at Workplaces at the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention for Food and Beverage, Hotels, Mannheim. Focus items of the broad spectrum of his appointments have been the training and moderation of labor inspectors for occupational health and safety programs, the

Klaus Scheuermann holds a Doctor‘s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen.
He has a long years experience as Technical Inspector for Health and Safety at Workplaces at the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention for Food and Beverage, Hotels, Mannheim. Focus items of the broad spectrum of his appointments have been the training and moderation of labor inspectors for occupational health and safety programs, the
education and training experience of inspectors and safety engineers and other experts in the field of occupational health and safety as well as activities as OHS Management Systems Auditor (DGQ).

His duties include also the Chairmanship of several technical committees and working groups from ISO and CEN in the field of Ergonomics and Safety of Machinery, as well as in the technical group of the EU General Direction V “Health and Safety at Workplaces”.
He is author of several publications and OSH related content and a member in various subject organizations, e.g.:

  • Veterans of Safety, Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO – Senior Engineer
  • Verein Deutscher Revisionsingenieure e.V. – Honours of Chairman
  • Verein Deutscher Sicherheitsingenieure e.V.
Stephen M. Singer
Quality

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Stephen Singer gained a Master’s degree in Law from Cambridge University and spent 2 years lecturing at the University of Aston in Birmingham before starting a 13-year career in the travel industry.

Stephen Singer gained a Master’s degree in Law from Cambridge University and spent 2 years lecturing at the University of Aston in Birmingham before starting a 13-year career in the travel industry.

He set up his own consultancy in 1995, focusing on the documentation and streamlining of business processes. He subsequently qualified as an auditor of ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and combined consultancy work with subcontract auditing for UKAS-accredited certification bodies.

Stephen’s company INFRALOGICS now works principally with SMEs from all over the UK and across a range of industry sectors as diverse as professional services, engineering, manufacturing and IT. The key value of all his work remains the design and implementation of practical, tailored and business-orientated documentation and business systems, including ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. An increasing number of SME clients also use INFRALOGICS as their regular outsourced QA Department and “Internal Auditor.”

An IRCA-registered Lead Auditor, Associate of the Chartered Quality Institute and Member of the Institute of Business Consulting, Stephen currently sits on the CQI Standards Development Group as well as contributing to the CEN Workshop on Guidelines for the Selection of Consultants advising SMEs on Integrated Management Systems (CEN/WS41).

Dr.-Ing. Nadine Schlüter
Quality Management & Customer Satisfaction for Business Networks

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Nadine Schlüter received the degree in logistics at University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, in 2006 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany, in 2012. She works on several projects in the areas of customer satisfaction, requirement management and quality engineering and is teaching lessons for the Master of Quality Engineering at the University of Wuppertal.

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Nadine Schlüter received the degree in logistics at University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, in 2006 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany, in 2012. She works on several projects in the areas of customer satisfaction, requirement management and quality engineering and is teaching lessons for the Master of Quality Engineering at the University of Wuppertal.

Recent key landmarks:

    • assistant chief in the Ruhr-Area group of the German Society for Quality (DGQ) since 2012.
    • Best Oral Presentation Award at the QMOD conference 2011, Spain.

 

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