The role of the DCA Accreditation Board includes:
Provide independent peer review of reports, publications and audits
Provide certification of data centres and auditing firms
Peter Higgs - Accreditation Board Chairman and DCA Lead Assessor
Peter is a degree qualified Engineer with over 30 years of Engineering and Management experience in SME’s and FTSE100 companies in the Aerospace & Defence, Space and IT sectors. During the course of his extensive and varied career he has accumulated significant engineering experience of a wide range of systems, equipments and disciplines, and has also held a number of senior technical and management positions at Director level. Peter founded his own consultancy company in 2009 to provide marketing and engineering consultancy and services in the Aerospace & Defence , Space, IT and local government sectors and he currently represents a number of UK and overseas companies in the UK. His activities also include the production of structured processes and documentation against specified ILS, Quality, and Information Security Management Standards, with specific expertise in the provision of consultancy and services to assist companies achieve certification to ISO9001, ISO27001, and ISO14001. The portfolio of clients includes Data Centres which makes Peter uniquely qualified to be a member of the Accreditation Board. Peter has also served on a number of industry working groups and is currently a member of the ADS NFF Working Group. He is also an approved contractor for major UK certification authorities.
Steve Hone- Accreditation Board Secretary and DCA Lead Assessor
Steve Hone is the co-founder of Data Centre Alliance and sits on the management team as Operations Director. Having been in the IT Industry since the heady days of the dotcom boom and has been lucky enough to work for and with some great people and organisations on critical IT projects over the years. In 2007 he co-founded Colofinder.co.uk, an independent data centre search and selection consultancy providing specialist advice and guidance on the colocation market globally, to date Steve has audited and reviewed over 100 data centre facilities. Prior to getting into IT and Data Centres Steve was an Electrical and Mechanical Chartered Engineer with the MOD before eventually moving into the commercial world of ICT.
Dr Jon Summers- DCA Assessor
Jon Summers is a senior lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Leeds and sits on the Accreditation Board of the Data Centre Alliance. During the last 20 years, he has worked on a number of government and industry funding projects which have required different levels of computational modelling. Since 1998, having built and managed compute clusters to support many research projects, Jon now chairs the High Performance Computing User Group at Leeds University and is no stranger to high performance computing having developed software that uses parallel computation. Applications of his modelling skills have led to publications in the areas of process engineering, tribology, through to bioengineering and as diverse as dinosaur extinction. In the last three to four years Jon’s research has focussed on a range of air flow and thermal management and energy efficiency projects within the Data Centre, HVAC and industrial sectors.
Dr Rabih Bashroush - DCA Assessor
Dr. Bashroush is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at University of East London where he also leads the Software Architecture Research Group (SOAR). He is currently a visiting Professor at Danfoss Electronics, Denmark. Before that, Dr. Bashroush was a Senior Engineer at the Institute of Electronics, Communications, and Information Technology (ECIT), the Queens University Belfast (QUB), UK for 5 years. He has over 15 years experience in software development and held visiting scientist/researcher positions at a number of academic and industrial research groups including the Software Engineering Institute SEI, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA; the Software Architecture Department, Philips Research Labs, Eindhoven, Netherlands; and the Department of Information and Software Engineering, George Mason University, Virginia, USA.
Melanie Blackmore - Process & Management Advisor
Melanie is a chartered quality professional, Chair of the Chartered Quality Institute UK’s regional committee. A thought leader in her field, Melanie has been invited to present in Asia and Europe on Quality, Energy and Environmental Management Standards. Melanie has been involved with the creation, development and implementation of British and International standards for over 17 years. With her passion for improving business performance through the implementation of Management Systems, Melanie founded her first business in 2006, Blackmores, a consultancy firm which implements and maintains management systems for clients ranging from SME’s to blue chip organisations. Melanie has specific data Center sector expertise, specialising in environmental, quality and risk standards. Melanie has experience in working in collaboration with some of leaders in the Data Center industry including Telecity, Equinix and Gyron. Therefore Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge to the DCA Certifications scheme to help improve the sector’s professionalism and in meeting the many challenges that lay ahead.
Ineke Vlot - Process & Management Advisor
Ineke Vlot works in the Dutch Ecolabelling Foundation SMK since 1996. First as a project manager, witch respect to criteria development and management of the certification system Milieukeur, the Dutch national environmental label. Since 2000 she is manager of the non-food department, including both SMK´s activities as Competent Body of the European Ecolabel Programme of the European Commission and the national Milieukeur Programme. She manages the Milieukeur certification schemes a.o. concerning data centre climate control, as well as green electricity, and is secretary of SMK’s Board of Expert of Milieukeur non-food. Currently she is involved in the PEDCA (Pan-European Data Centre Academy project) of the European Commission. From 1989 to 1996 Ineke worked as a project manager at the Centre for Energy Conservation and Environmental Technology, a non-profit consultancy bureau. She studied Biology and Environmental Sciences University at Leiden University.