The 2023 Fire Industry Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Lunch took place at The Brewery, a beautiful venue in central London that has become the home of the FIA AGM and Annual Lunch in recent years.

22 November 2023

The 2023 FIA AGM and Annual Lunch was our largest event to date, bringing together more than 530 leading industry figures. Our guests had the perfect opportunity to network with influential figures in our industry as well as catch up and socialise with industry colleagues. With so many influential people from the fire industry under one roof, this year’s Annual Lunch was a highlight event on the 2023 calendar.

Here's a little more on the day:

Annual General Meeting

Members had the opportunity to hear about the FIA’s performance over the last 12 months as well and find out more about key projects we have been working on. Presentations were delivered on several key departments within the FIA; Finance, Training, Membership and Marketing to name a few.

In addition to this, members and had the opportunity to ask questions relating to key elements of the Association’s work.

All member companies will be emailed the AGM presentation. Within this presentation the results of the Board and Council elections can be found. We would like to congratulate everyone who was elected to the Board and Councils.  

Annual Lunch

All guests sat down for a three-course meal accompanied by the choice of red or white wine. This year’s menu was picked by members of the FIA team to ensure our guests had a wonderful dining experience. 

Following the delicious three-course lunch the FIA Chairman, Martin Watson, recognised the FIA’s exceptional contribution to the fire safety industry. FIA CEO, Ian Moore, then presented two awards. The first, our ‘Young Technician of the Year Award’ presented to Harry Henderson-Park of Siemens Plc. This was the first time this award had been presented at the Annual Lunch as we seek to highlight the fantastic achievements of young people in the fire industry.

Our second and most prestigious award – ‘The FIA Lifetime Achievement Award’, was this year won by Tony Hanley of FirePro UK Ltd. As he collected his award, FIA CEO, Ian Moore cited some of Tony’s achievements over his incredibly successful career in the fire industry. The FIA would like to offer huge congratulations to both Tony and Harry!

Catherine Bohart provided this year's after-dinner entertainment. The accomplished comedian took centre stage to delight and amuse the audience.

After Party

FIA Annual Lunch has always offered unrivalled networking opportunities; this year we went a step further and extended the event with a post-lunch after party! After last year’s event we received plenty of feedback calling for a networking period after the lunch. This addition to the day was well received by guests who enjoyed a free drink, music from the DJ, the opportunity to take pictures in the photobooth, and a selection of snacks from our hot food buffet.

Lunch guests had the chance to carry on conversations and catch up with friends and colleagues as well as make new business relationships. It was fantastic to see so many guests join us for the inaugural post Lunch After Party!

The FIA would like to thank Headline Sponsors FIREX as well as all our Event Sponsors for their support. The FIA 2023 Annual Lunch would not have been possible without them. We would also like to thank all of our guests for attending, we cant wait to welcome you back next year!