ABOUT US

Our Mission Statement

“Enabling companies to provide customer assurance by verifying regulatory compliance through certification and  enhancing knowledge through training and technical research”

Our Story

Incorporated in 2010, ADISA has spent over 10 years promoting best practice for data sanitisation and data protection working with organisations across the globe. As a certification body, ADISA offers independent validation of compliance to our own Standards to help organisations have confidence in their suppliers or in their own business process.

In 2021, ADISA Standard 8.0 was formally approved by the ICO as a UK GDPR Certification Scheme and the certification process was approved by UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) in August 2022.

ADISA operates it's own data laboratory called ADISA Research Centre under the control of Dr Phil Turner and works with some of the leading technology companies in the world. With clients across the global, the ADISA Research Centre is viewed as leader in its field.

Meet The Team

Steve Mellings
Founder & CEO, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT Steve

Steve is the founder of the ADISA which is a Product and Service Certification company based in the UK.

In 2012 Steve worked with the ICO and wrote much of the official guidance notes which were released to help businesses comply with data protection legislation in this area. Steve is also the author of the National Computer Centre (NCC)’s guidance notes on how to manage risk when disposing of assets.

Steve has also worked with BSI on the development of a publicly available specification (PAS) 7010. This was for the destruction of digital media but was withdrawn prior to publication.

In 2019-2021, Steve worked with the ICO to achieve formal approval of Asset Recovery Standard 8.0 which was one of the first Standards to be recognized under Article 42 of the UK GDPR as a Certification Scheme. This ensures that companies who are certified against this Standard are complying with the UK GDPR in their service provision.

Steve is currently working with the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) to achieve accreditation for the ADISA audit process with the award expected by July 2022.

Steve is a regular speaker on data protection and compliance subjects and was a judge for the CRN Tech Impact Awards - Sustainability Categories for both 2021 and 2022.

Lisa Mellings
Certification Director, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT LISA

Lisa has over 10 years of experience of running the audit function at ADISA and as Certification Director, Lisa is responsible for all aspects of certification at ADISA.

Since 2019 Lisa has been part of the Standard development team as well as being integral with building the new ISO 17065 audit process which will see ADISA achieve UKAS accreditation in 2022.

With a new audit team, Lisa is responsible for the certification strategy, training, quality control and is the point of escalation for all audits.

In her spare time Lisa loves spending time with her 3 horses, dog Cressi who joins the team in the ADISA office every day and enjoying her classic MG Midget.

Dr Philip Turner
Technology Director, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT PHIL

Dr. Philip Turner has a background of over 30 years in Information Security, Digital Forensics and Data Recovery. Dr. Turner is well known to those in the data sanitisation certification industry due to his extensive service at QinetiQ where he provided technical advice to the UK Government National Technical Authority CESG (Now National Cyber Security Centre) and other security agencies on hard disk technology, digital media overwriting, destruction and reuse, he is an expert in data recovery techniques and storage technology. Dr Phil's hobbies include an interest in Jaguar cars and is currently restoring a replica of an XJ13 and model helicopter flying.

Paul Stretch
Lead Auditor, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT PAUL

Paul joined ADISA in 2021 in the role of Lead Auditor responsible for performing all types of audits at ADISA as well as auditing the ADISA Research Centre’s projects.

Paul previously spent 25 years in the technology leasing division of a bank-owned lessor. Most recently he was their Head of Asset Management responsible for the asset lifecycle and valuation throughout the leasing process. The end of lease process was where Paul gained experience of the ITAD sector and as a result has significant experience in ITAD selection and management as well as undertaking the technical aspects of data sanitisation.

Prior to this, Paul had a practical technology background, including managing IT repair centres, with additional responsibilities for managing ISO 9001 compliance.

Paul is also a qualified mountain leader, rock climbing and dinghy sailing instructor, so he’s used to helping people overcome challenges.

Sandeep Sharma
Auditor, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT SANDEEP

Sandeep joined ADISA in January 2022 and brings over 5 years of auditing experience with him including extensive international and facility auditing experience.

Sandeep completed a master’s degree in business management at the University of Hertfordshire and has already impressed the team which the speed in which he has picked up the ITAD sector jargon. With a keen eye for detail, Sandeep brings critical focus to the audit function but delivered with strong inter personnel skills.

Sandeep loves playing cricket for his local cricket club, cycling, hiking, and watching Formula 1. His ambition is to qualify as a cricket umpire in the near future.

Godfred Badu
Forensic Analyst, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT FRED

Godfred has over 3 years experience in Digital Forensics and criminal investigations, He has expertise in employing numerous forensic data recovery techniques for acquisition, processing, analysis and triage of various digital devices with different operating systems. He has also trained other members of staff to be competent in these processes. In his spare time Fred enjoys watching movies and living a focused healthy lifestyle.

Ian Samuels
Media and Marketing, ADISA Certification.

ABOUT IAN

Ian joined ADISA in September 2021 and is responsible for the marketing department. With a strong skillset in photography, videography and digital media he manages the companies messaging on social media platforms and through corporate videos as well as content for our training platform.

Ian holds a degree in digital television production (production pathway) from Ravensbourne University London, which allows him to hold the advance skillset required to manage a large television production, from conception to completion. This alongside his confident manner and good communication skills allow him to be comfortable when dealing with industry leaders and peers.

Amongst his responsibilities are active management of the company websites and brand management, to help maintain ADISA's image within the market.

In his spare time Ian enjoys spending time with friends, photography, cycling and working on his car projects.

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