Paul Stennett

Chief Executive Officer

UK Accreditation Service

Paul Stennett graduated with a degree in Food Science from Reading University and has more than twenty years applied R&D experience with major food companies such as Mars Inc and Quaker Oats (Pepsico) in positions to European R&D Director and European Marketing Director, based in Germany. He is a fluent German speaker. Paul was a Director in a “3i” venture-capital backed start up where he completed five acquisitions to help create a £50m food ingredients business.

Since 2003, Paul Stennett has been the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service which accredits a wide range of testing, inspection and calibration bodies in the UK and overseas.

Paul Stennett was appointed MBE in 2008 for services to Business and made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists for work to improve quality in medical laboratories. He lives in West Sussex, in the Gatwick area.

Career summary

UK Accreditation Service               Chief Executive Officer                                                2003 to date

Braes Group Ltd (3i)                        Executive Director, Technical & Operations          1999-2003

Lafarge SA Europe                           Chief Executive, Lafarge-Braas R&D Ltd/GmbH    1996-1999

Quaker Oats Europe                       Positions to Marketing Director, Europe                 1986-1996

Mars Inc.                                             R&D Manager                                                                    1982-1986

Non-Executive/advisory positions held

British Society for Rheumatology:  Trustee Board member for this charity.              2017 to date

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council:  Advisory Board member      2015-2018

Department of Business, National Measurement Strategy Board:  member            2007-2012

CPA Charitable Trust: Trustee Board Chair, funding medical research                        2007-2011


Sector experience:

  • Accreditation, Testing and Inspection –  Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • Food Industry FMCG                                                            –  Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Food Ingredient industry: colours and flavours         –  Petfood Industry FMCG
  • Research and Development                                             –  Charitable/not for profit organisations
  • Government and Regulators                                            –  Medical/ healthcare professional bodies

Key skills

  • Corporate Governance –  Business turnaround
  • Organisational restructuring/integration –  Marketing/new business development
  • Strategy development and integration –  Change management
  • International business experience ( Germany) –  Stakeholder relationship management
  • Leadership and personnel development                     –  Strong Finance and HR understanding