Following many years, designing, developing and marketing cross-border documentation solutions, in March 2003 I formed an independent consultancy company trading as SEPIAeb Ltd.
I have more than 40 years experience working in the computer industry as programmer, systems analyst, software designer, trainer, training course designer, presenter, consultant and technical author.
For the past twenty years I have focused on the area of paper and electronic documentation production requirements particularly in the international trade and transport arena. I am a keen advocate of Trade Facilitation and believe fervently that, in the future, modern communications methods will play an increasingly significant role in simplifying cross-border trade and governmental procedures.
I have in-depth knowledge of the formats and uses of standard international trade, transport, financial and customs UN Aligned paper documents and a profound knowledge of the UN/EDIFACT and ANSI.X12 standards, messages and processes as well as the use of XML for business data exchange via the Internet. For many years I have contributed to standardisation work at UK, European and International level. I have been a regular contributor to the work of UN/CEFACT, ISO and the World Customs Organisation. She is currently the Lead Editor responsible for leading the development of the UN/CEFACT Core Component Library and the Multi Modal Transport (MMT) Project. I am a member of the WCO Data modelling project team and an approved WCO data model private sector trainer. I am a co-chair of the UNTDED Joint Maintenance Agency as the UK HoD to the ISO Technical Committee 154 responsible for data element naming and defining for cross-border trade.
Recent assignments have included provision of technical support for the data modelling of the EU TAXUD UCC based on the WCO Data Model, EU Cross Industry Invoice Reference Model; provision of the CITES e-Permitting Toolkit to UNEP and mapping XML schema to the WCO data model; development of e-forms and XML subset messages for UNECE and delivery of data modelling and message structure development training courses in many locations including Brussels, Bangkok, Luxembourg and Berlin.