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Completion of Restructuring of QACE

Following the retirement of the erstwhile Secretary General, the QACE Board of Directors split the Secretary General’s role into two, for obtaining greater efficiency in its operations. A new Executive Secretary, Mr. Anantha Padmanabhan, was appointed to manage the assessment and certification operations of QACE. A new Company Secretary, Dr. Nikos Mikelis, was appointed to manage the corporate operations of QACE. Both the secretaries started on their respective roles on 15th June 2020. The erstwhile Administration Manager, Ms. Alima Kamara, left the services of QACE on 30th. September, to pursue her other interests and a new Administration Manager, Ms. Latoyah Joseph, started on her role on 1st July 2020.

With the new Secretariat, QACE developed a new Administration Manual, which was published in August 2020 and also revised and refined its Quality Management System in a new version of the Quality Manual, which was published in October 2020. QACE also published its 3 new requirements (QRs) in February 2021. QACE renewed, in January 2021, the Certificates of Compliance of 7 Recognized Organizations, whose certificates expired in December 2020, while February 2021 began on a good note with the successful recertification of the quality management system of QACE to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The restructuring was completed with the development of a new QACE website.

Des Gutteridge Retirement

After 7 years at QACE, Secretary General, Des Gutteridge retired on 19 June 2020. Des joined QACE in December 2013, after 32 years at Lloyd’s Register. With the support of the Directors, he was responsible for ensuring QACE met its objectives as set out by EU Regulation (EC) No. 391/2009. QACE wishes Des all the best on his retirement.

2019 Annual Report

QACE publishes its 2019 Annual Report. The report includes sections on the QACE Work Plan, assessment activity, assessment results and, in Annex C, the Collective Recommendations for 2020.

New QACE Assessor – Abhay Shah

Abhay joined the QACE team in January 2020 following 20 years with Lloyd’s Register where he held senior governance, assurance and improvement positions at global and regional levels. Abhay has a background in technical performance. In that role, he was responsible for a transformation programme, that helped improve ship maintenance and reduce common deficiencies found on ships. This was achieved through a digitalising data related to port state control inspections and by producing a series of pre-port arrival pocket checklists, now widely used in the marine industry. He was heavily involved with internal and external audit and introduced risk-based and remote ISO audit methods.