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March 2011



Stephen Marriott, former Secretary, General of CENELEC

Stephen Marriott,
former Secretary
General of CENELEC

Former Secretary General of CENELEC passes away

Stephen Marriott, former Secretary General of CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, passed away on 8 February 2011, at the age of 64.


A Cambridge-trained physicist, Marriott served as Director of BSI (British Standards Institution) and later as Secretary General of CENELEC until 1997, when he decided to return to the UK (United Kingdom) to work in the Anglican Church. Marriott served as Diocesan Secretary of the Church of England, Diocese of Chester, until 2006.

Close links with IEC

Marriott was Secretary General of CENELEC in September 1996 when the cooperation agreement between the IEC and CENELEC was ratified.


The agreement, commonly known as the Dresden Agreement, relates to the common planning of new work and parallel IEC/CENELEC voting.


The object of the agreement is to avoid duplication of efforts, speed up the preparation of standards and ensure the best use of the resources available, particularly of experts' time. If the results of parallel voting are positive in both the IEC and CENELEC, the IEC publishes the International Standard, while the CENELEC Technical Board ratifies the European standard.


Marriott is survived by his wife and his two sons. His funeral was held on 17 February at Worthenbury Church in North Wales, UK. The Diocese of Chester will hold a memorial service at Chester Cathedral in Chester, England, on 16 April 2011.




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