An independent association for corporate members of the asbestos testing and inspection community.
Welcome to NORAC, the National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants.
We enable our members to present the subjects that really matter at meetings where we have an official presence, such as ALC meetings and the UKAS Technical Advisory Committee.
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Our membership is made up of companies, sole traders, local authorities, individuals clients, and duty holders, in addition to surveying and testing organisations.
Our goals are to improve technical knowledge in all aspects of asbestos consultancy and raise the profile of our members.
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Members get access to our online forums, knowledge sharing resources, regular regional meetings and certification of membership.
Take advantage of these unique benefits and improve your organisations knowledge, increase your voice, keep up to date and become part of an asbestos professionals collective.
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NORAC is a not-for-profit association.
NORAC is run by volunteers on a democratically elected committee. Membership is open to any organisation who is involved in, or has an interest in, asbestos testing and inspection.
The membership fee is reviewed on an annual basis at the AGM. Fees are used to pay for administrative charges and for supporting and promoting the association’s interests.
Join The Discussion And Have Your Voice Heard
NORAC is active community with an official presence at important industry events, such as ALC meetings and the UKAS Technical Advisory Committee, offering you a chance for your opinions to be presented where it matters, with the support of your industry peers.
Get The Lowdown
The forums are an online repository of knowledge full of the latest useful information where users can find out the latest guidance, anonmously ask questions, give and receive advice, and become a part of the asbestos community.
Our members also get exclusive access to members only forums!
Members also benefit from our regular regional meetings. Chaired by at least one member of the committee, the meetings are chance for representatives of member organisations to meet, network and share industry experience.
The meetings were the original basis of NORAC and still remain one of the most important foundations of the association.
By working together under the umbrella of NORAC, we can make a real difference to the daily trials of working in the asbestos management industry.
Due to Covid 19 we are currrently holding meetings virtually.
Have Your Voice Heard
NORAC is a fully independent industry association that takes it’s members concerns and ideas and make them heard.
We now have representation on the UKAS Technical Advisory Committee and the HSE’s ALC whilst also working closely with other independent organisations such as the (BOHS), the Construction Industry Training Body (CITB) Asbestos Standard Setting Body and the Faculty for Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM).
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Raise Your Profile
As a member of NORAC you are able to use our logo on your promotional material to demonstrate your commitment to sharing information, raising standards and encouraging cross-industry partnerships.
Members are also added to the NORAC members directory, and may upload their company logo, link to their company website and contact details.
Our members are allowed to use the NORAC logo on company websites, email signatures, headed paper and similar to denote that they are a member of Norac.
The More You Know
A significant part of NORACs work is to draw in member queries regarding the implementation of regulation and guidance.
Despite the wealth of official guidance on asbestos management, there is much to be left to interpretation.
NORAC looks to plug the gap between written guidance and the realities of working on site.
Once these are collated NORAC is able to approach relevant bodies, such as the HSE or UKAS and seek clear direction on a range of topics.
The resulting answers are then available for reference on our answer bank – an invaluable resource for our members.
Our members receive an annually generated certificate to demonstrate their commitment to sharing information, raising standards and encouraging cross-industry partnerships.
Join NORAC today to connect with your industry peers, and become a part of the UK’s leading independent asbestos asociation.
Meet The Team
Richard AssenheimGroup Director (Executive) Ensafe Consultants
Having had several roles with a Civil Engineering background, Richard became involved in the asbestos industry, when he joined the newly established asbestos division of a well-known building materials testing company in 1989. Whilst there, he undertook asbestos surveys, air monitoring, project management, laboratory analysis, as well as becoming the asbestos laboratory manager for them.
Richard became one of the founders of Ensafe Consultants, in 1995, and was accountable for the development, review, maintenance and implementation of all asbestos technical and training policies and procedures, compliance and quality management system and heading up the asbestos training both internally and externally and liaising with technical and legislative bodies.
With the Operational Board of Directors now overseeing the day to day activities, Richard is one of the strategic executive board, however he still manages to deliver external training sessions for BOHS, UKATA, IOSH, IATP amongst others, and play an active part in internal training, as well as spending time following his favourite football team to all their matches in England.
Derek ToddTechnical and Quality Manager at EDP
Derek has 10 years’ experience in the asbestos industry, having started as a surveyor / analyst in 2011 at, and previously was a microbiologist in a UKAS lab for 4 years. He then became technical and quality manager in 2018 at EDP.
He holds P402-P404 and CoC – Asbestos and has been responsible for, and undertaken, surveying and analytical works in all premises, survey types and asbestos types. He has also project managed asbestos works for large universities and refineries.
He has successfully transitioned EDP to 17025:2017, and is currently working through HSG248 transition.
Colette WilloughbyManaging Director of Asbestos Compliance Ltd.
A highly qualified health and safety professional, Colette has an MA in Health and Safety Law and Environmental Law; and holds the Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. Additionally, Colette is BOHS’ Principal Examiner (Asbestos), and holds the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in Asbestos.
She sits on the board of BOHS’ new Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), the association for asbestos professionals. She also sits on BOHS’ board of examiners for the Certificate of Competence in Asbestos, and as such is responsible for advising on the technical content of all BOHS asbestos-related exams.
Colette is a technical assessor for UKAS, for both Testing Organisations and Inspection Bodies. Colette’s career in the asbestos industry began in 1982: she has experience in all aspects of asbestos control, management, training and legal compliance, in addition to providing expert witness advice for both civil litigation and criminal prosecutions.
Alan WilloughbyDirector of Asbestos Compliance Ltd.
Alan was introduced to the asbestos industry in 2007 when he and Colette established Coal Consultants Ltd.
Prior to this Alan had worked in the construction industry for just over 20 years. It was quite a bit of an eye opener to realise that the use of asbestos was still prevalent when his employment first started.
Through Asbestos Compliance Limited Alan provides specialist advice to clients on how to comply with all aspects of current legislation and guidance.
By being actively involved in NORAC it is the firm belief that this will improve the service that asbestos consultants provide.
Glen WhiteOperations Director at Broadland Group Ltd.
Glen started in the Industry in 1987 working as an insulation engineer and an asbestos removal operative. He served his first 10 yrs. in the industry working nationwide on power stations & refineries.
He became refinery manager in 1992 responsible for overseeing outages and the day to maintenance actives of all asbestos related works. In 1997 Glen moved into the consultancy sector, he gained his CCP in 2000 and then became the Technical Manager for a consultancy firm where he served for 10 years.
Glen moved back into the asbestos removal sector in 2007 working for a two LARC’s over a period of 5 yrs. dealing with special projects etc. In 2012 Glen moved back into the consultancy sector starting an office for Broadland Group Ltd.
Jean had a working life dominated by asbestos starting with an MSc Thesis in 1967, then R&D at Cape Asbestos Fibres Company.
After joining McCrone’s at the beginning of 1977, her career covered every possible aspect: research, teaching, microscopy, site work (from routine sampling and surveying to forensic type investigations).
Jean has also been called on to provide many varied expert witness appointments (criminal and civil, defence and prosecution).
After a long and varied career Jean is now enjoying her retirement.
Gary McKendrickManaging Director at Omega Asbestos Consulting Ltd.
Gary has been a consultant since 1994, aged 18, where he quickly acquired the skills and CCP qualification to carry out all asbestos analysis, sampling and survey work.
After 16 years with two employers, he found himself with a desire to build his own empire.
So, in June 2010, Omega was born with a mission to simply have great people delivering a great experience, compliance, benefit and value.
He lives in Durham with his wife and 2 daughters. He also loves coffee, peanut butter, music, the gym and playing guitar.
Sara MasonQuality Manager, ABP Associates Ltd.
Sara began her career in the mid 1980’s working for Casella in London surveying, bulk analysis and air testing.
She studied at Brunel University London where she took her Master's degree in Environmental Pollution Science, graduating in 1994.
Having spent many years in the field, she is now quality manager at ABP Associates Limited in Southampton, where her main focus is asbestos in soil consultancy and independent technical services.
Her other key areas at ABP Associates, are delivering training courses and providing technical support.
Sara has been a Member of the Board Of Trustees for Broadlands Group Riding for the Disabled since 1997.
Jonathan GrantManaging Director at Gully Howard Technical Ltd.
Jonathan’s experience with asbestos dates back to 1995 when he began work with Hampshire County Council’s Scientific Service. In 1996 he passed the asbestos P-Cert (now W504) and in 1999 passed the Certificate of Competence in asbestos.
During this time he also completed an MSc in Environmental Management. In 2003 Jonathan began work with the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer where his main role was to develop course material, deliver BOHS asbestos short courses and tutor MSc students through all phases of the Occupational and Environmental, Health & Safety Management Degree.
Jonathan went on to complete a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), and for the last 14 years he has been the Chief Executive of Gully Howard Technical (GHT) responsible for all aspects of strategic leadership and heading the board of directors.
Jonathan sits on the board of BOHS’s new Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), the association for asbestos professional, and has been elected on to the BOHS management Council.
Paul KingTechnical Manager, SGS MIS Environmental Ltd
Working in the industry for almost 20 years, first with MIS Environmental and upon acquisition, with SGS, Paul has worked on asbestos contaminated land, asbestos surveying and management consultancy and 4 stage clearance.
Paul has held various management roles within the organisation, from Operations to Technical Manager (current role) and is responsible for certified health and safety and environmental management systems as well as carrying out IATP asbestos training and compliance and due diligence audits around the world.
He is actively involved in supporting and promoting development of asbestos services in SGS laboratories globally and holds the following post-nominals: BSc(Hons), CCP (Asbestos), PIEMA, MInstLM, MIOSH.
Toby FordOperations Director at Eton Environmental Group Ltd.
Toby started as an asbestos laboratory analyst in 1997 and then spent several years air monitoring and surveying.
After then managing projects for various clients, including government agencies and major corporations, he moved to the technical side of the business and has been both a quality and technical manager.
Currently, Toby is the Operations Director at Eton Environmental Group Ltd and is also a registered UKATA trainer.
Ben Angell-JamesTechnical and Quality Director for ACE Consultants
Ben has been involved with asbestos throughout a varied career. Week one with Inspectorate Casella in 1993 was a Preliminary Certificate in Asbestos Fibres from Bill Sanderson. After 10 years in London: Air Testing, Bulk Analysis, Surveying, Project Managing, Training and setting up new UKAS Laboratories, it was time to escape to the country: new disciplines, new clients; same challenges.
A sojourn on the other side with senior positions for an environmental software business, a national Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractor and then a H&S Directorship for a large multidiscipline contracting business before a return to consultancy.
Those same principles learnt in that first week of training have not changed: a commitment to quality, continuous learning, betterment and ensuring the safety of persons that may be placed at risk.