Dr. Nigel H. Croft
Chairman, ISO/TC176/SC2 (Quality Systems), Member ISO Joint Technical Coordination Group, Past (founding) Co-Chair of the Joint ISO/IAF ISO 9000 Advisory Group
Dr. Nigel H. Croft is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in quality management and conformity assessment of management systems. He has been actively involved in Quality Management since 1974, when he began his career in the British steel industry as a student apprentice.
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1977, his career has taken him from the British Steel Corporation’s graduate training programme, to the University of California (Berkeley, USA), to supplier evaluations in the Oil & Gas Industry, Director of Quality at a specialty steel and superalloy producer, and, more recently, as a world-renowned independent specialist in Quality Management.
Among his many professional activities, Nigel currently holds senior management positions and serves as non-executive board member of a number of commercial and non-profit organizations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. He is a consultant for UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and an Adjunct Professor of Quality Management at the College of Business, UUM Malaysia.
Within the standards development arena, Dr Croft has been involved in ISO/TC176 (the ISO Technical Committee responsible for the ISO 9000 series of standards) since 1995, currently serving as Chair of SC2, the subcommittee responsible for the ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 standards.
He has represented TC176 at ISO’s Conformity Assessment Committee (“ISO/CASCO”), where he served on the Chairman’s Policy Committee, and as a member of the strategic-level ISO/ILAC/IAF Joint Working Group which provides oversight of global management systems certification.
Dr. Croft holds a first class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, England, and a Doctorate in Materials Science from Sheffield University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Quality Professional in the UK, a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute and a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality.
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“ISO 9001 is used by millions of people and organisations around the world and the upcoming 2015 revision will have a big impact on those who work with the standard.
The impact of this revision will be similar to, if not greater than the 2000 edition, which was a major change for accreditation bodies, certification bodies, training organisations, implementing organisations, procurement organisations, consultants and customers.”
An excerpt from IRCA Resources on “ISO 9001: IRCA Supporting the 2015 Revision”, October 2013