Thursday 10 May 2012

Quality manager hits the ground running!

We have had a number of new appointments announced in the past few days.

Keighley Laboratories has appointed Tim Clegg as its Quality Manager, replacing the long-term incumbent Peter Warriner, who is retiring shortly. Tim originally served his apprenticeship with the company, during which he gained a Metallurgical Technician diploma from Bradford College, before working for a nearby production engineering firm for twenty years. He returned to Keighley Labs last year as its Health & Safety Manager and a senior quality management trainee. He will now perform a dual role, steering through the company’s comprehensive quality accreditation programme and maintaining awareness of correct H&S procedures throughout the organisation, which already has a good safety record.

“We are delighted that Tim is taking on this critical quality management role, because he has extensive metallurgical experience and is well respected within the company,” says Keighley Labs MD, Debbie Mellor. “This year is particularly important since we are looking to attain Airbus and NADCAP accreditations, recognised as the most technically demanding across industry, which will open up fresh market avenues for us and reassure our existing customers that we maintain the ultimate quality standards.”

A youthful-looking 54 year old, Tim Clegg is a highly regarded fell and road runner and has been a member of Keighley & Craven AC for around thirty years. In April, he will compete in the demanding Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race for the tenth consecutive year and, as part of his training, he runs regularly to work, from his home in Shann Park, Keighley. He is married with three children.

Having previously worked as a Furnace Controller with Anderton International of Bingley, maintaining a computerised load list of heat treatment furnaces, Tim later became a Laboratory Technician when the firm merged with Ellison Circlips of Keighley, subsequently rising to Senior Quality Engineer, with metallurgical and final inspection responsibilities. In his new role as Keighley Labs Quality Manager, he will build on the company’s well-established quality management system, looking for opportunities for enhancement and meeting ever-changing customer requirements.

In addition to membership of many distinguished trade associations, such as the North West Aerospace Alliance, Engineering Industries Association and Contract Heat Treatment Association, Keighley Labs holds a continually growing portfolio of quality accreditations. These include the essential UKAS Testing ISO/IEC 17025 standard, BSI Heat Treatment quality management system BS EN ISO 9100:2009 and its associated aerospace standard AS9100 Revision C, and BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality management accreditation. Among Tim Clegg’s duties will be maintaining a documented quality assurance programme, supervising the work of quality control staff, providing relevant training and adding to the company’s extensive UKAS schedule of accreditation.

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