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About Robert Peacock

About Robert Peacock

Robert Peacock, Managing Director and owner of Benma Limited, is an experienced independent advisor on quality infrastructure development programmes and has over 25 years experience of providing expertise for technical assistance and capacity building activities in the field of standardization.

Technical Barriers to Trade and the Quality Infrastructure

Robert has experience in Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), the quality infrastructure, international and EU standardization and quality models, and the EU legal framework. This includes over 25 years experience (1987-present) in trade-related technical assistance: evaluating quality infrastructures in emerging economies against World Trade Organization (WTO) and EU models and providing expertise for technical assistance and capacity building activities in the field of technical barriers to trade (including implementation of the WTO TBT Agreement and its Annex 3: Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards); standardization, technical regulations and conformity assessment.

Over 35 years of experience in standardization and technical assistance

Robert has;

  • 15 years of experience (1977-1992) with the British Standards Institution (BSI) in its Commercial Division, Standards Division, Public Affairs Division (International Relations) and Technical Cooperation Unit;

  • Extensive standardization and TBT working experience at national standards body level in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, at European (CEN/CENELEC) level in Belgium and at international (ISO/IEC) level in Switzerland; and

  • Over 15 years experience of working as Expert in international technical assistance programmes for the implementation of TBT programmes and development of quality infrastructures:

Experience of working with governmental institutions

Robert has extensive experience of working with governmental institutions throughout Central and Eastern Europe, particularly the countries

of the Western Balkans under the European Commission’s programme of assistance for the countries of South-East Europe.

Conversion of mandatory standards to technical regulations & voluntary standards

Robert's experience extends to countries throughout the world, with particular and recent experience of strategies for converting mandatory

standards to the WTO and EU consistent system of technical regulations and voluntary standards.

Preparation of winning bids for EU-funded quality infrastructure projects

Since 2003, Robert has managed and prepared on a consultancy basis for international organisations winning tenders for

EU-funded quality infrastructure development programmes in Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey.

Past employment with BSI, Crown Agents and Resource

Robert's business career prior to 1998 spanned over twenty years with the British Standards Institution (BSI), the Crown Agents for Oversea

Governments and Administrations Limited, and Resource (Science & Technology Expertise) Ltd, a company set up originally by BSI and the UK's Department of Trade and Industry to promote British technical cooperation worldwide in quality infrastructure development programmes. As Deputy Director of Resource, Robert was responsible for managing a team of consultants, including mobilisation, logistical support, and budget and audit control.

Independent consultancy and establishment of Benma Limited

Robert left Resource in 1998 to become an independent consultant and, in 2000, he formed Benma Limited, a private company, principally to promote and distribute in the Middle East as a

Official Distributor of the British Standards Institution (BSI) British, European and International Standards. Robert has continued his consultancy activities and has advised a range of organisations across both Western and Eastern Europe on their standardization development strategy, promotion strategy, business development strategy, tendering strategy, bid management and project/programme management. Robert has also been engaged by CEN and CENELEC, the European Standards bodies, as an independent auditor of applications from national standards bodies outside the European Economic Area wishing to apply for full membership as part of the EU accession process.

Experience as standardization expert, assessor and evaluator in EU-funded projects

Robert has worked for CEN as the Standardization Assessor in both the Regional Quality Infrastructure Project for the Western Balkan countries (i.e. Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and the Euromed Quality programme for the Mediterranean countries (i.e. Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel,

Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey). These assessments have involved the development and preparation of detailed country reports for each of the countries on the current state of their standardization structures, their functioning and their development needs, and included an evaluation of the degree to which the structures were comparable with the European model (and for the Western Balkan countries an assessment against the criteria for full membership of CEN and CENELEC). In recent years, Robert has also participated as Standardization Expert in technical assistance projects in Albania, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Serbia, Syria and provided technical support to the Macedonian and Turkish national standards bodies in their successful application process for full membership of CEN and CENELEC. He has also participated as an Evaluator in the Internal Market (including technical regulations and conformity assessment) & Standardization sector for the evaluation of EU-funded projects in Albania to identify both strengths and weaknesses in the design, performance and management of selected projects.

Technical Assistance Consultants United (TACU)

TACU promotes and advocates the interests of professional consultants working in technical assistance contracts for donor-funded development cooperation.

Robert has been a member of TACU since its establishment in 2011 and, in May 2013, he was elected to TACU's Advisory Board.