02 May 2017
From the 1st May to coincide with the launch of the FIA Awarding Organisation, the FIA have created a new position of AO Manager.
The Awarding Organisation activity (developing qualifications, running exams etc) will be kept completely separate from the training/learning activity and therefore the FIA will retain the Training Manager position to develop ‘learning’ (training) for existing courses and to meet the new qualifications.
Ian Gurling will move to the new AO Manager position and Michael Gregg will move into the role of Training Manager leaving a vacancy open for a Sales/Membership Manager.
Ian joined the FIA in 2008 as Training Manager and has been responsible for the FIA achieving Awarding Organisation status. Since 2014 Ian has acted as both AO Manager and Training Manager, overseeing the FIA current training portfolio whilst developing the first FIA AO qualifications, however, as the FIA starts the application process of becoming a Training Centre there is a potential conflict of interest.
From the 1st May 2017 Ian will move into the new full time position of AO Manager vacating the Training Manager position completely. Whilst developing the Awarding Organisation, Ian has successfully overseen the current training adding new courses such as ICEL Emergency Lighting, Electrical Competency, Voice Alarm, Communication, Intro to Fire, FGas and Safety Signs, whilst updating the FD&A and Portable ranges of courses. In the last nine and a half years the numbers of delegates and numbers of courses have more than doubled and the FIA would like to thank Ian for his support to date and wish him continued success in his new role.
Michael also joined the FIA in 2008 as Sales/Membership Manager and has become the first point of contact for members. The FIA had 247 members when Michael took on the challenge of increasing the numbers of members. In the eight and half years Michael has grown membership to 710 members (188% increase). The role also includes targeting customers for training and events and as mentioned the numbers have also growth dramatically in training. Michael has been project managing the major CRM project implementations and updates over the last five years and the skills demonstrated in sales, marketing and project management will be needed to continue to drive the learning developments forwards. The FIA would like to thank Michael for all his support and hard work and also wish him continued success in his new role.