Chairman’s introduction

Welcome to the STA’s Website. We hope you find the guide useful and informative whether you are new to the industry or have been with us for years.

2022 finds us all both personally and professionally making our way in the new normal. COVID is still with us and still impacting many lives and businesses but we are learning to live alongside it. The situation in Ukraine has understandably taken over the headlines and whilst we find the personal tragedy this brings to those affected difficult to process, we are also dealing with the economic and business impact of the conflict which is far reaching.

The STA and it’s members have all inevitably been affected by the last two years of upheaval and current events to some degree. However, it is not all negative. For many businesses, including the STA, it has provided an opportunity to adapt and change, showing resilience and flexibility. We exist to serve the interests of our diverse membership and we have strived to continue this support through challenging times. In all areas the members interests are at the heart of our decision making.

The introduction of the online meetings and conferences have given us the opportunity to reach a wider audience and for busy members to attend without leaving the office. This new way of working has enabled the STA to give up the Hitchin offices and offer the flexibility to offer meetings, training, conferences and more in other parts of the country, both in person and hybrid. Online training particularly has been successfully developed and is now a crucial part of the support offered to members.  We hope these new measures will attract more people to take full advantage of membership.

For over 20 years we have played a crucial role in the evolution of emissions monitoring in the UK by bringing together operators, regulators, test houses, equipment suppliers, consultants, and certification bodies.  EU Directives, Best Available Techniques and CEN standards continue to provide the foundations for our industry.   With tightening environmental targets, moves towards Carbon net zero and global agreement on climate change, the STA will continue to be important in supporting and shaping the technical and regulatory future of emissions monitoring and management in the UK and beyond.

If you are new to the industry or needing additional support I would encourage you to join the STA.  For a relatively low annual fee, your organisation will benefit from discounted specialist training, access to a diverse support network, and involvement in the development of industry standards and regulatory guidance documents.

For those loyal and active members of the STA, I would like to thank you for your continued support and encourage you to get as involved as you are able by contributing to technical debates, volunteering for roles and taking part in meetings and training. We also welcome quality content for the guide, conferences and industry publications.

On a personal note, as the first female chair, I hope we can continue to work together to encourage a diverse and representative membership from within our industry. I would like to offer a big thanks to our Past Chair Stewart Davies, who has taken the STA through unprecedented times and offered a really balanced view during the changes we have undergone.  Thanks also to Samantha Harvey, Andy Curtis, Simon Medhurst and Paul Mudway for their hard work within the STA and particularly for the development and delivery of the training programs.  

Best wishes to all of you. Alison Sampson,  Chair STA