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Impartiality Committee

The Impartiality Committee's function is to ensure that at United Kingdom Testing and Certification (UKTC), we conduct our business in a critically impartial manner.

The Impartiality Committee

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Stephen Kerr

Chairman of the Impartiality Committee

Wylie Shanks Architects

Senior Partner

Having qualified in 1994, Stephen has since worked on an extensive range and value of projects, and although currently focused on healthcare he has also undertaken a considerable body of public authority, conservation, education, industrial and residential projects. His principal roles are to oversee the financial, marketing and administration aspects of his practice as well as being a key client contact and project leader.

A key part of all construction projects is a requirement to understand and document the fire strategy required to successfully deliver a safe project. As a minimum, this strategy should meet the requirements of the Technical Standards, however, many clients often seek to better that baseline either through company policy, insurance stipulations or in the case of healthcare adherence to the NHS Estates publications (SHTM’s). Wylie Shanks Architects, led by Stephen, have significant experience in the development of designs and specifications to meet these varying and often changing demands. Working across both the private and public sector has also given him insight into their clients various demands for compliance, which typically requires backing up with reliable and evidence-based test documentation and certification.

As a Chartered Architect, Stephen routinely acts as an impartial Contract Administrator on construction contracts as well as being professionally bound to act with integrity at all times by his professional Code of Conduct. Therefore, he is well positioned to perform the impartial duties expected from the Committee for which he represents.

Claire McKenna

Linear UK Group Limited
Operations Manager

Joining Linear Projects in 2013 Claire's role has continually evolved alongside the business. Now, as Operations Manager of Linear UK Group, she oversees smooth running of business functions for all business units within the group, including Linear Projects, Linear Design & Construct, Linear Building Compliance and Linear Fire Safety. In her varied and over arching role, Claire oversees the Compliance and IT Team as well as engaging with Business unit Leaders, Group Directors, Health, Safety & Sustainability, HR and Business Governance.

Claire's Commitment to excellence has fostered a culture of continuous improvement and has been vital to the business.

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Mark Milne

Impact Manager

Mark has over 20 years' experience in construction and academia, gaining extensive knowledge in product design and evaluation, research, development, materials, manufacturing and testing. Mark is currently an Impact Manager on the MMC team at Built Environment - Smarter Transformation (BE-ST), responsible for the management and delivery of MMC projects, providing expertise, assistance, supervision and guidance to create impact and drive transformational change across the built environment.

Mark has specialist experience of product testing, evaluation and approvals, materials, manufacturing, and quality management systems and was integral to the establishment of Scotland's first industry-led UKAS accredited structural test laboratory.


Mark has a robust understanding of the demands of research, development and innovation within industry and academia and has been responsible for development and management of structural, acoustic, and thermal test programmes and analysis of construction products and systems, working with the construction sector, industry bodies and government departments. Mark has led contracted research projects for the industry, providing physicial testing of products to recognised standards.

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