Stephen Lea


Bureau Veritas appoints new divisional director for electrical and mechanical

Mar. 4 2020

In continuing to lead the way as the UK’s leading compliance, testing and inspection authority, Bureau Veritas has appointed Stephen Lea as the new Divisional Director for its expansive mechanical and electrical divisions. 

Stephen brings with him a wealth of experience split across two very different arena’s, which helps bring a different dynamic to the organisation. His most recent role was working at global public services giant Serco, where he led the internal charge on delivering global IT services. Prior to this, he worked as Director of Operations at Opun, where he played an instrumental role in shaping the start-up business culminating in its John Lewis Partnership. Notably he also led the Virgin Media outsource contract for Fujitsu, leading a large field-based team of circa 1,000 people.

Now active in his new role at Bureau Veritas, Stephen will assume full responsibility for the business’ expansive electrical and mechanical divisions in line with its progressive 2023 business plan. Heading up a 350-strong team of industry experts, his remit will be to ensure continued operational and customer service excellence, while placing a more considered approach on employee development and curating a culture of possibility to deliver growth.

Speaking of his new position, Stephen comments: “I’m delighted to join Bureau Veritas, an industry leader with a progressive business approach and uncompromising legacy.

“The commercial world in which testing, inspecting and certification now operates in is very different to that of ten or twenty years ago. Amid regulatory reform, the increasing use of digitisation and constant technological innovation, our customers’ needs are changing – and we must meet them with dynamism and ingenuity.

“Bureau Veritas’ long-standing culture to invest, research and innovate is what has continued to set the business apart and meet its customers’ evolving needs. With my many years of experience in the operations sector, I feel incredibly passionate about the opportunity to further enable our people to push boundaries and embrace the art of the possible, thus ensuring we remain one step ahead at the helm of the industry.”

Ken Smith, UK Chief Executive at Bureau Veritas adds: “We welcome Stephen as a new member of the Bureau Veritas team and we believe that his role will play a fundamental part in ensuring the company’s continued growth and success. Electrical and mechanical remain a core commercial focus for us, thus we are delighted to have someone of Stephen’s calibre to help us shape our offering for the future and drive further market growth.”

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