Meet the trainers

The professionals who train professionals

All FIA courses have been developed and are delivered by professionally qualified trainers. They regularly review the course content to ensure it provides both current and future learning needs. They all have unrivalled practical experience in their specialist areas.

FIA Trainers

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    David Yirrell

    Following an electrical apprenticeship, David went on to specialise in the installation and commissioning of all types of fire alarm systems. He spent four years managing major fire alarm installations before moving into the design and sales of systems.

    He was system sales director for one of the UK’s largest independent fire protection companies. He joined the FIA as a trainer in 2006.

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    Chris Watts

    Chris worked for 35 years in technical and marketing roles for major fire protection equipment suppliers.

    He is chairman of a number of British, European and international committees responsible for standards including BS 5266 (code of practice for emergency lighting) and IEC 60598­22 (emergency luminaire product standard).

    Chris is now a safety consultant specialising in fire protection systems and risk assessments.

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    Phil Martin

    Phil has worked in the fire safety industry for over 30 years. During his career he has worked for several high profile companies and has been involved in fire detection and alarm, extinguishers, emergency lighting, safety signs, extinguishing systems, risk assessment and safety training.

    Phil has been a quality manager, internal auditor, project engineer, systems designer, surveyor, estimator, commissioning engineer, service engineer, service supervisor, fire risk assessor and trainer. In these roles he has been responsible for several third party accreditation schemes, commercial and technical training of sales and engineering staff and writing technical support material.

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    Angus Stone

    Angus is a chartered engineer and a member of the IET with over 25 years’ design experience of fire detection and emergency lighting products.

    He is chairman of two electro­technical standards committees (FSH12/3 and CEN/TC72/WG17), and a member of numerous others. Angus has worked in senior management positions for the last 20 years and is currently running his own engineering consultancy business.

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    Joe Lewis­-Warren

    Joe is recognised as one of the foremost experts in British safety standards BS 5306­-3 and ­8 and has many years’ experience in the field of fire safety, portable fire extinguishers and fire protection of petrol forecourts.

    He has written many courses on the subject of fire safety for a diverse range of organisations from multi­national and blue chip companies to brigades, charitable organisations and trade associations.

    Joe also acts as invigilator on the BAFE examinations. 

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    Jordan Lewis-­Warren

    With a previous background in the IT industry, Jordan has now been working with his father, Joe, for many years.

    Jordan runs the majority of the FIA’s fire extinguisher maintenance courses. Thanks to a strong father and son work ethic, Jordan has mirrored Joe’s training style and knowledge, providing a seamless link between the two trainers.

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    Simon Lawrence

    Simon has worked in the fire and security industry since 1985 in roles including designer, technical manager, projects manager and commercial manager for FD&A companies.

    Since 2000, Simon has been providing independent quality management and technical support to the fire and security industry with particular focus on change management and accreditation schemes (BAFE SP203, BAFE SP101, ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO18001). He is an experienced lead auditor in security and FD&A systems, both independently and for third party accreditation organisations.

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    Keith Goodall

    Keith is a chartered engineer who has worked in fire protection most of his working life.

    He has a wide range of experience which spans engineering, marketing and commercial activities with some of the major fire protection companies.

    A consistent theme has been his involvement with the BFPSA/FIA, the standards organisations and the environment legislation of the Montreal and Kyoto protocols. His specialism is fire extinguishing products and systems.

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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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    Ian Watts

    Trainer

    Ian has 25 years experience of working with a wide range of fire and lighting manufacturers. He was co-opted onto BS 5266 part 1 in 2015 as the independent industry expert on new technology through his work with innovative manufacturers.   He has lectured for CIBSE and the Lighting Industry Association.  He has been a trainer for the FIA since 2012.