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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    Adam Richardson

    General Manager

    Adam joined the FIA in October 2019, working on a variety of key areas with a variety of stakeholders, most notably the UKCA Mark, the IoT Forum, and the FIM Expo.

    Since September 2022, Adam has been the General Manager, after having worked as the Operation Manager, he now focuses on improving how the FIA works, managing, supporting, and growing the team.

    In addition to building and maintaining relationships, he is eager to provide benefits to FIA members, the wider industry, and the association as a whole.

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    Chris Tilley

    Commercial Manager

    Chris joined the FIA in 2017 as the Membership Manager.  During this time the main focus was to increase the membership to 1000 companies, a target that was achieved in Oct 2021, and to increase the value of membership for existing members.  Chris has recently moved into the new and broader role of Commercial Manager, with the remit to increase the commercial viability of the association. 

    Increasing the membership and commercial viability of the association is not simply for the sake of growing the FIA.  By growing in size, the FIA has a larger, more heard voice when dealing with government and related sectors such as UK Insurance and Construction etc.  By increasing the commercial viability it means the association is developing more business activities to the benefit of its members. It also means increasing the turnover which means we can fund various research projects, develop training courses and generally invest back into the industry and therefore back into our members.

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    Kirsty Lavell

    Marketing Executive

    Kirsty joined the FIA in October 2022, as a Marketing Executive. After graduating from Portsmouth University in 2021 after completing BA Graphic design, she has been able to spark her creative and analytical mind with her career choice. She is delighted to assist the FIA in future marketing prospects by engaging with its members and audience within the industry and promoting industry-led communications as well as assisting the team with the events.

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    Charlotte Brill

    Membership Executive

    Charlotte Joined FIA in January 2023 as a membership executive after graduating from St Marys University, Twickenham with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. She is looking forward to developing her knowledge and skills while also generating positive changes into the industry. Charlotte is hoping to build great relationships with new and existing members while ensuring excellent membership value.

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    Ryan Brassil

    Events Manager

    In July 2021, Ryan joined the FIA as Business Support, assisting in a variety of areas, including the Building Safety Portal and accounts. With growing responsibilities and gaining knowledge, he has now taken on the role of Events Manager. As he continues to develop his knowledge of the fire industry, he is excited to expand his skills. In July 2021, he graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Sociology and Criminology.

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    Michael Gregg

    Training Manager

    Michael joined the FIA in September 2008 as Sales Manager moving onto Training Manager in 2017. During his time as Sales Manager the FIA increased from 207 to 715 members. Michael took over as Training manager in June 2017 following the launch of the FD&A Qualifications and oversaw the changes involved in that transition. The number of days the FIA train yearly has increased in this time from 247 days to 680 days of training planned in 2023. The primary role of training manager is to deal with everything relating to training within the FIA from helping create new courses, setting the training diary and basically if it involves training it involves Michael.

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    Fiona Evans

    Training Co-ordinator

    Fiona joined the FIA in October 2022, as a new Training Co-ordinator. Her primary responsibility is to assist the Training team with all training related matters within the FIA. She is excited to assist the team and make a difference. She is also a full time mum to two young children and loves baking.

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    Sarah Capon

    Qualifications Coordinator

    After 20 years’ experience, in the Finance side of the Recruitment sector, Sarah joined the FIA team in 2017, supporting the departments in Hampton.  She then moved to the FIA AO as the Qualifications Coordinator where she set up and oversaw the running of the exams for our Qualifications courses.  Following the sale of the AO, Sarah moved over to be the Qualifications Coordinator in the Training Department to administrate the running of qualification courses.

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    Kirsty Collins

    Business Support Executive

    Kirsty started invigilating on line exams for the FIA during the pandemic and then was delighted to join the team full time in March 2022 working with the Finance and Training Departments. Previous to this, before taking time off to raise her twins she was a Flight Attendant and has also worked in Sales and Sales Administration for Coca Cola and BMW Ltd.

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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.

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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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    Robert Thilthorpe

    Technical Manager

    Robert joined the FIA 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) Portable Fire Extinguishers (FSH/2) and was one of the founding members of CEN/CLC/TC 4.
    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 Gaseous extinguishing systems and of ISO/TC21/SC8/WG8 which is responsible for ISO 6813 CO2 extinguishing systems 
    He is also the Secretary for the Extinguishing and Services Councils in FIA.
    In Euralarm he has been a member of Services Section since its inception and the Services Task group before that. In that role Robert was involved in developing the Euralarm position on the services standard EN 16763 and one of the team that drafted the Euralarm guidance on Remote Services which has since become EN 50710.
    Robert has Chaired TC Horizontal compliance since 2013 and has been a Euralarm Board member for a similar period.

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    Neil Budd

    Technical Manager

    Neil joined the FIA team in 2019 as Technical Manager. Prior to joining, Neil worked for various third-party certified companies as a commissioning technician before starting his own company offering life safety system support and commissioning services to the fire industry.

    Since starting at the FIA, Neil has represented the FIA on BSI committee FSH/12 (Fire detection and fire alarm systems) and has been an active member of the sub-committee FSH/12/5 (Alarm devices, voice alarm evacuation sub-systems and emergency voice communication) where he assisted in the revision of the latest revision of BS 5839-9 Emergency voice communication systems code of practice.

    Neil joined the Euralarm Fire Section in 2019 to represent the FIA and its members, and subsequently joined the task group TG FS (Fire standards) and the newly reformed task group TG DLS (Domestic life safety). In December 2021 Neil was elected as Vice-Chair of the Fire Section and therefore became a Board member at Euralarm.

    Neil is the Secretary for the Fire Detection and Alarm Council in FIA and is also jointly responsible for producing, reviewing and delivering training courses on industry topics and standards.

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    Mark Stubbs


    Mark joined the FIA in October 2017 as a Trainer for the new Fire Detection & Alarm Qualifications. Since leaving University he worked for the Automotive sector as Project Manager for Radio based components. Prior to joining us he spent the last decade working for Sterling Safety Systems, starting out as Technical Support Engineer and progressing onto Technical Team Leader, specialising in Radio FD&A products. He has also been heavily involved in ISO9001.

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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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    Steve Simper


    Steve joined the FIA in January 2019 and has worked within the fire & security industry for twenty-three years working both out on site as an installation and commissioning technician and also working in a design and estimating role. During this time, he has worked within a number of sectors, ranging from Security & CCTV, Fire Detection & Alarm systems and Fixed Gas Extinguishing. After spending some time working in Australia he returned to the UK in 2013