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.
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.
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.
Robert joined the FIA in May 2017 as Technical Manager. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry starting as an apprentice with Gent, Robert has worked in a variety of roles including product specification, design, manufacture, distribution, service, sales and marketing. Prior to joining the FIA he worked for 13 years in Switzerland, working in Product Management with Siemens Building Technologies.
Robert acts as Secretary to the FD&A Council and represents the FIA on the Euralarm Fire Section.
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.
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.
Awarding Organisation Manager
Ian joined the FIA in January 2008 as the Training Manager, during his tenure in this post his main focus has been on quality assurance of the training offered ensuring relevance with industry best practice and technologies, where possible raising the standard of technicians working across the industry. As part of this Ian gained recognition for the FIA as an Awarding Organisation and set up the FIA AO, offering national, regulated qualifications listed with OFQUAL, QIW and CCEA. Prior to joining the FIA 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 is a Fellow of the Institute of CPD, he has been awarded Graduate of the City and Guilds Institute and has also gained a BA(Hons) through the Open University.
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 June 2017 as the new Membership Manager. Prior to this he spent the last decade within the Air Cargo sales sector managing and developing sales and operations teams. Chris is looking forward to further developing the current CRM platform and working closely with the FIA 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.
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.
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. She also handles PR and press enquiries from trade, local, and national news.
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.
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.
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.