The FIA team

FIA Staff

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    Ian Moore


    Ian joined the FIA in September 2015 as the new CEO. Previously to this Ian was the Managing Director of several companies operating in the fire and security industry the most recent being Elmdene International and as a Vice President of Potter Signal. Recently Chairman of the BSIA Export Council and BSIA Operating Board, member of several fire and security committees, he has a wealth of experience to bring. Having lived in Oman, Taiwan and UAE, Ian also brings strong International experience to support any export activities of the FIA and its members.

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    Martin Duggan

    General Manager

    Martin joined the team in 2001 as Export Focal Point Manager where he established the influential Export Council. He progressed to Commercial Manager in 2005 before taking his current position as General Manager with the formation of FIA. Prior to working for the FIA Martin held positions within Dennis Vehicles and Hygood.

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    Robert Thilthorpe

    Technical Manager

    Robert joined the team in 2002 as Assistant Technical Manager, taking over as Technical Manager in 2005. Prior to joining, Robert worked for BSI and was responsible for National, European and International Fire Committees for fire extinguishing (FSH/18, CEN /TC191), fire detection and alarms (FSH/12, CEN /TC72), Fire Brigade Equipment (FSH/17, CEN /TC192) and Portable Fire Extinguishers (FSH/2).

    Robert remains the current Chair of FSH/18 Fixed Fire Fighting Systems and CEN /TC191 Fixed Fire Fighting Systems, FSH/16 Hazards to life from fire, FSS/0 Services in fire and security and convenor of ISO/TC21/SC8/WG5 which is responsible for ISO/14520-1 He  represents the FIA at European level - Eurofeu Fixed Installations Section and Portable Fire Extinguishers Section, Euralarm Services Section. He is also the Secretary for the Extinguishing and Services Councils.

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    Graham Simons

    Technical Manager

    Graham joined the Technical Team in February 2011. With a specialism in FD&A, he acts as Secretary to the FD&A Council and represents the FIA on the Euralarm Section Fire. He also represents FIA on various technical standardisation committees including, BSI, CEN and ISO. As a trainer Graham supports FIA professional training on BS 5839-1. Prior to joining us he worked for 12 years at Honeywell Life Safety as Regulatory Manager

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    Will Lloyd

    Technical manager

    Will joined the Technical Team in December 2015. With a long history of working within the fire industry starting out installing fire detection & alarm systems. He has previously worked for the Fire and Security Association and represented them on numerous British Standards committees. Will was the scheme manager for the BAFE SP203 & BAFE SP205 certification schemes operated by the ECA certification company. Prior to joining us he worked for 2 years at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) as Product Development Manager for the Electronic Security Team.


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    Dr Dave Smith

    Export Manager

    After completing his PhD in thermodynamics, Dave was a Senior Research Scientist at Kidde before moving on to product, sales and business management roles in the same organisation relating to fixed fire suppression systems. He then joined the FIA as Business Development Manager where he looked after a number of its committees as well as heading its regional activities and external liaison work. Dave now acts as FIA Export Manager and Secretary to the FIRESA Council.

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    Ian Gurling

    Training Manager

    Ian joined the FIA in early 2008. Prior to this Ian introduced NVQs to NFT Distribution, project managed an NVQ programme for the care sector on behalf of the Surrey County Council and provided training for the Police Federation of England and Wales. Ian is a keen proponent of education and training for which he has been awarded Graduate of the City and Guilds Institute and has also gained a BA(Hons) through the Open University.

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    Melena Blake

    Training Coordinator

    Melena  joined the Association in July 2009. Before joining the FIA she worked at Phoenix Vauxhall as a Bodyshop Receptionist where she was responsible for booking cars into the garage and keeping customers updated on the repair process. Previous experience also includes Auctioneers Clerk for Manheim Auctions where she assisted the auctioneers in the running of the auctions.

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    Kevin Stearns

    Compliance Manager

    Kevin has been working for over 32 years, including 15 years in military service before working in a range of civilian companies from IT training to the oil industry in a range of office management and administration management roles.  He has been heavily involved with ISO 9001 and other ISO Standards since 2003 and is an IRCA certified lead auditor for ISO 9001 and OHSAS18001.

    Kevin joined the FIA as Compliance Manager from October 2015 and is looking forward to working with the FIA members as part of that role.

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    Michael Gregg

    Sales Manager

    Michael joined the FIA in September 2008 as Sales Manager. His primary role is to deal with everything relating to membership of the FIA. Michael has previously worked within the property business and also spent 20 years working for the Post Office Ltd.

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    Kat Schabowska

    Marketing Communications Executive

    Kat joined the FIA team as an Office Assistant in August 2012. Prior to this she worked in the travel industry as a travel agent. After a year at the FIA she slipped in to the marketing team and that’s how she started in her current role.

    As the Marketing Communications Executive she is responsible for managing the FIA ’s social media, news and enewsletter as well as organising FIM Expo twice a year.

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    Catherine Nelms

    Content Executive

    Catherine joined the marketing team in February 2016.  Catherine is responsible for writing the FIA blog, making the company YouTube videos, writing magazine articles, and handling social media.

    Catherine loves a good news story and can often be found with a camera in her hand filming and interviewing people at different FIA events.

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    Surriya Capon

    General Admin Assistant

    Surriya is responsible for compiling all the FIA training manuals, working across departments on mail-outs and administrative tasks. Surriya recently became a mum and enjoys art and crafts when she finds spare time. She is a qualified Assistant Basketball Coach and has taught school children how to play.

    Surriya travelled extensively to the Far East during her previous career.