Previous Standards Meritorious Service Awards announced

21/08/2012

'New Zealand is fortunate to have internationally recognised experts in numerous fields who offer their knowledge, experience, and time in national and international Standards development,' Standards Council Member Vaughan Renner said today.

'This year individuals were recognised for their contributions to Standards development in the areas of electrical appliances, quality management, conditions of contract for construction and engineering projects, safe chemical management, information management and computer applications, and the safe performance of earth-moving machinery. Their efforts are of great value to businesses and to New Zealand as a whole.'

At a reception this morning at the Beehive, Associate Commerce Minister John Banks congratulated the winners of Standards New Zealand’s annual Meritorious Service Awards and acknowledged the important role high quality product Standards, and management and service Standards play in boosting business growth.

Winners of Standards New Zealand's annual Meritorious Service Awards include:

  • Individual committee members – Diane Baguley, Bill Birch (William Caccia-Birch), Andrew Brickell, Alison Elliott, and Peter Fisher
  • Committee of the Year – the Department of Internal Affairs Compliance Guide Advisory Group
  • Standards Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Standards and Standardisation – Derek Johns

The Department of Internal Affairs Compliance Guide Advisory Group received the Committee of the Year award for the development of Achieving compliance: A guide for compliance agencies in New Zealand, published in 2011 as an online resource to support the government's Compliance Common Capability Programme. The guide has received international praise for bringing together good practice and building a stronger professional compliance community.

Derek Johns earned the Standards Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Standards and Standardisation for his distinguished Standards work in the area of electrical appliances. Derek serves as Chair of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 61, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances. He is one of the longest serving IEC committee Chairs and the only New Zealand Chair of an IEC committee. He is involved in other international Standards development and is Chair of the joint Australian/New Zealand Standards committee EL-002, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances and small power transformers and power supplies. Derek is a preeminent expert in electrical appliance safety and performance. In 2007, he received the Lord Kelvin Award, which is the IEC's highest tribute for exceptional long-term achievements.

Standards New Zealand hosts the Meritorious Service Awards each year to recognise the outstanding contribution that winning committee members have made to Standards development. The awards are also an opportunity to thank the 2000+ volunteer committee members, their employers, and nominating organisations who all make Standards development possible.

Standards Council Member Vaughan Renner said this year's award ceremony was particularly special as 2012 marks 80 years of New Zealand Standards.

'Born out of the Hawke's Bay earthquake of 1931, our first earthquake-related Standard was published in 1932. While things have greatly changed over that time, what has remained constant, as these winners demonstrate, is Standards New Zealand's work to provide solutions that assist in delivering social and economic benefits,' Mr Renner said.

Standards New Zealand Chief Executive Debbie Chin said, 'It is through the knowledge and commitment of our committee members that we are able to continue improving New Zealanders' quality of life through Standards solutions. The Meritorious Awards celebrate those individuals and committees that have shown exceptional commitment and leadership to Standards and standardisation.'

2011 Meritorious Service Award Winners

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Diane Baguley, Onehunga, Auckland – quality management and quality assurance

Diane is a representative on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 176, Quality management and quality assurance, and related subcommittees and working groups. She also serves on the joint Australian/New Zealand committee QR-008, Quality systems. With an academic and professional background in medical research, manufacturing, and consulting, Diane has extensive experience in the discipline of quality management.

In 1997 she became the New Zealand delegate to ISO/TC 176 and took part in the revision of ISO 9001:2000 Quality management systems – Requirements. Since that time, she has contributed to the development of a number of Standards within the ISO 9000 family.

Diane became an honorary life member of the New Zealand Organisation for Quality in 1999 and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business in 2008.

Bill Birch, Wellington – safe chemical management

Bill, whose full name is William Caccia-Birch, has nearly 50 years experience working in the area of safe chemical management. He worked in corporate safety at Imperial Chemical Industries, before joining the team at New Zealand Chemical Industry Council – now Responsible Care New Zealand – in the 1990s. He is currently Responsible Care New Zealand's Technical Manager.

Bill represents Responsible Care New Zealand on a number of Standards committees. He has contributed to each of the five reviews of NZS 5433 Transport of dangerous goods on land, from the first version in 1983, to the latest one in 2012.

He is a long-standing representative on the Joint Australian/New Zealand Technical Committee CH-009 Safe handling of chemicals and was a major contributor to the joint handbook HB 76:2010 Dangerous Goods – Initial Emergency Response Guide.

Andrew Brickell, Penrose, Auckland – conditions of contract for building and engineering

Andrew is a respected civil engineer and project manager who has worked on projects in 19 countries. He began his career 45 years ago at the Ministry of Works and later worked for contractors, local authorities, and five major consultancies. He is now Chief Engineer, Construction Contracts, at MWH in Auckland. A significant part of Andrew's consulting activities is delivering professional training on construction contracts.

Along with several other engineers, Andrew was an early proponent of the development of a New Zealand-specific construction contract, the forerunner of NZS 3910:2003 Conditions of contract for building and engineering construction. He was involved in developing concepts and drafts of what became NZS 3910 in 1979 and 1980.

Andrew now represents IPENZ and ACENZ on the revision committee for NZS 3910, and is a leader of one of the committee's working groups.

Alison Elliott, Wellington – information and documentation

Alison has been the Chair of ISO/TC 46/Subcommittee (SC), Information and documentation – Technical interoperability, since 2006. The subcommittee is the only ISO secretariat held by Standards New Zealand.

A professional librarian, Alison is currently the Director of Content Services for the National Library of New Zealand, Department of Internal Affairs.

During her 6 years as Chair, Alison has proven to be a strong leader who is able to build consensus and has guided the subcommittee through the publication of a number of amendments, revisions, and new Standards in the areas of cataloguing, databases, and information access.

Alison is also the lead New Zealand participant on New Zealand and Australia's joint IT-019 Computer applications committee.

Peter Fisher, Nelson – earth moving machinery

Peter has contributed to numerous safety Standards. He is an active member of ISO/TC 127, Earth-moving machinery, and associated subcommittees and working groups.

Peter is now a private consultant after a distinguished career of over 34 years at the Department of Labour.

He was invited in 2000 to join ISO TC 127 and to lead a newly formed working group on roll-over protection for excavators. As one of its projects, the working group developed ISO 12117-2:2008 Earth-moving machinery – Laboratory tests and performance requirements for protective structures of excavators – Part 2: Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) for excavators of over 6 t.

In 2008, Peter and other ISO TC 127 committee members were awarded the Lawrence Eicher Leadership Award for their outstanding work in developing ISO 12117-2.

Committee of the Year Award – the Department of Internal Affairs Compliance Guide Advisory Group

The Compliance Guide advisory group developed Achieving compliance: A guide for compliance agencies in New Zealand, which was published in 2011 as an online resource to support the government's Compliance Common Capability Programme.

The advisory group was facilitated by Standards New Zealand. The group consisted of representatives from the Department of Internal Affairs, Society of Local Government Managers, Ministry of Economic Development (now part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), Inland Revenue Department, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (represented as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Fisheries).

The Compliance Common Capability Programme is aimed at delivering better and smarter public services for less by supporting a government-wide, collaborative, problem-solving, and risk-based approach to compliance issues.

The guide has received international praise for bringing together good practice and building a stronger professional compliance community.

Standards Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Standards and Standardisation

Derek Johns, St Albans, Christchurch – electrical appliance safety

Derek has been actively involved in standardisation work for the electrical appliance industry for the past 28 years.

In 2011 Derek was appointed to his sixth term as Chair of IEC/TC 61, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, which is one of the largest and most active IEC committees. He is one of the longest serving IEC committee Chairs and the only New Zealand Chair of an IEC committee.

In addition to chairing IEC/TC 61, Derek is also Secretary of IEC SC 61H, Safety of electrically operated farm appliances. He is also involved in other Standards development, including serving as Chair of the joint AS/NZS committee EL-002, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances and small power transformers and power supplies. EL-002 won the Committee of the Year Award in 2009.

Derek's contribution to standardisation is recognised in New Zealand and internationally – he won a Standards New Zealand Meritorious Service Award in 2000 and the IEC Lord Kelvin Award in 2007.

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