Vice-President, Compliance &
James contributes to data management, verification, assessment, supply chain training/engagement, mitigation and due diligence strategy at Assent Compliance. With more than 12 years of compliance experience, he leads Assent’s team of regulatory and compliance experts, advising on areas such as materials and substance management, responsible sourcing and corporate social responsibility.
James has previously worked with companies such as Nortel, Rakuten and Intertek. In addition, he has authored many publications, and is a member of several industry groups, including the IEC TC111 Group Mirror Committee, IPC-175X, IAEG, SCCE and AIAG.
Travis is an international trade and compliance attorney who specializes in ITAR/EAR/sanctions, global anti-corruption and anti-slavery, codes of conduct, environmental health and safety, product stewardship and corporate social responsibility.
Travis manages Assent’s worldwide legal activities, advises the Board of Directors on legal matters, and oversees corporate compliance, governance initiatives and other commercial transactions. Before coming to Assent, he served in various high-level counsel positions with companies such as Microchip Technology, Foresite Group and St. Jude Medical (Abbott).
Senior Business & Human
Kate is committed to helping companies ensure respect for human rights throughout their operations and supply chains. She spearheaded the development of the Social Responsibility Alliance, and is the co-chair of the Labor Standards Working Group.
Before joining Assent, Kate worked as a child protection in emergencies specialist and as an advocate for combating human trafficking. She has worked with civil society organizations, UN agencies, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector in 13 countries across four continents.
Manager, Business & Human Rights
Sarah specializes in promoting business respect for human rights globally. Following the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, she took on a leadership role as an advocate and influencer for human rights, and supported the United Nations International Labour Organization’s work to reform the garment industry.
Sarah has worked for a range of rights-based NGOs, including Plan International and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability. She is the former co-chair of the STRT Committee, chairs Assent’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) team and represents Assent on the Social and Labor Convergence Program.
Senior Subject Matter Expert,
Corporate Social Responsibility
Jared is focused on helping companies achieve their CSR goals through increased understanding and mitigation of risk. His 12 years of leadership in human rights, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and environmental issues help him guide companies into new areas of compliance.
Jared personally led on-the-ground audits of more than 75 smelters as part of Intel’s industry-leading conflict minerals program, and is the co-creator of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template.
Bruce is a board-certified toxicologist with a strong background in global product compliance regulations, materials management, and environmental health and safety.
Over his 30 years in global product compliance, food and beverage regulations, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards, and other health and safety standards, Bruce has promoted product safety and compliance through his work with large organizations, including Whirlpool, Exxon Mobil, the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Air Force.
Subject Matter Expert,
Valerie specializes in RoHS and REACH implementation processes at large companies, and in extended producer responsibility and conflict minerals processes. She is committed to developing and improving declaration standards, and led the working group for the International Aerospace Environmental Group’s Declarable Substances List pilot project.
Before joining Assent, Valerie spent 20 years at Intel, starting in materials and eventually becoming the program manager in charge of its global materials compliance program.
Subject Matter Expert,
Materials Management & Chemical
Raj helps companies meet their product compliance challenges in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. He specializes in product compliance, chemical reporting and program implementation in Europe.
Raj spent 20 years working in product compliance and systems development with Rolls-Royce and Hewlett Packard. He is currently researching the impact of evolving chemical regulations on the aerospace and defense industry.
Subject Matter Expert,
Environmental Stewardship & Policy
Steven Andrews helps companies understand environmental regulations and how they are enforced. He is an internationally recognized expert, with more than 17 years of experience in EU policy development focusing on sustainability, product, waste and recycling legislation.
As the former Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division at the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, he led teams responsible for developing and enforcing policy around the RoHS and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives, as well as broader environmental legislation.
Manager, Compliance & Regulatory Programs
Neil helps companies manage their product compliance and sustainability programs with a focus on environmental health and safety (EHS). He is an energetic, effective communicator who thrives on collaborating with companies to solve their challenges.
Before joining Assent, Neil was the Global Product Compliance and Sustainability Manager with Isola Group, running its EHS program, and leading worldwide regulatory and customer-driven compliance programs.
Subject Matter Expert, Business & Human Rights
Abiola supports companies in their efforts to integrate human rights into corporate risk management frameworks and supply chain risk analysis. Prior to joining Assent, she worked as a consultant, providing expert guidance to companies on UN Guiding Principles around human rights and corporate social responsibility. She also served as lead specialist on human rights at AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. In this role, she developed and led implementation of the company's human rights strategy, addressing sustainability risks and ensuring compliance with internal and external standards for several corporate offices. Abiola holds a Ph.D. in Public Law (Human Rights).