The FIA team
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.
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.
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.
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).Most recently, Neil has joined the newly reformed task group TG DLS (Domestic life safety).
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.
Dr Dave Smith
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.
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.
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.
Michael joined the FIA in September 2008 as Sales Manager moving onto Training Manager in 2017. His primary role is to deal with everything relating to training within the FIA. Michael has previously worked within the property business and also spent 20 years working for the Post Office Ltd.
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.
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.
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.
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
Renata joined the team in January 2018 as Marketing Manager. She is responsible for FIA's marketing strategy as well as tactical marketing implementation. Prior to joining, Renata worked for the National Physical Laboratory, Canon, Philips and most recently for British Board of Agreement in technical marketing and product management roles. Renata holds an MBA from University of San Francisco and an MA in Art History as well as CIM qualifications.
Adam joined the FIA in October 2019, starting as an Operations and Content Coordinator. In January 2020, Adam developed to a new role as Business Liaison where he worked in a variety of key areas with a broad range of stakeholders most notably on the UKCA Mark, setting up the IoT Forum and organising FIM Expo. In September of 2021, Adam became the Operations Manager where he focusses on improving how the FIA works, leading on several projects and managing a team. He is excited to continue learning more about the fire industry and hopes to build and maintain more relationships that provide beneficial results for all.
Ryan joined the FIA in July 2021, working as Business Support, assisting in numerous areas ranging from work on the Building Safety Portal, to accounts. He is excited to continue developing knowledge of the fire industry and gaining responsibility in his role. Prior to joining the FIA, attended Bournemouth University where he studies Sociology and Criminology and graduated in July 2021.