Networking

The considerable expertise of members within the Fire Sector Federation is of a great value both to those within the fire sector and the wider community. Networking allows that expertise and knowledge to be utilised to inform technical decisions and professionally inform decision makers.

The Directors with their broad responsibilities work together with members having a particular interest or expertise to discuss and develop policy and actions and to produce industry guidance for wider dissemination, as necessary.

FSF members are free to join in any activity in which they have an interest.

The Federation also maintains a close link to Parliamentarians by supporting the Honorary Secretary of All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group. The APPFSRG is one of a number of informal cross-party interest groups in Parliament which consider matters important to Members of Parliament and Peers.

Internationally the Federation is networked through CTIF the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services to many other fire related organisations and operates as the UK National Committee. The UK was a founder member of CTIF in 1900 and has maintained an important role over the interviening decades. Read More about CTIF

  • Michael Harper - Chairman
    Michael Harper

    Michael Harper

    Chairman

    Michael’s role is to lead the Federation within the terms of its statutes and the governance arrangements promoting the profile of the organisation with regular reports to Executive and Members. His extensive business background started with Vickers plc and then saw him join and ultimately retire as Chief Executive of Kidde plc, a major supplier fire protection and fire safety equipment to a wide range of industries. He has continued chairing and serving on Boards including BBA Aviation plc, Ricardo plc, The Vitec Group plc, Catlin plc and QinetiQ plc. His tasks include to:

    1. Represent the public face of the Federation liaising and promoting the Federation
    2. Offer a wide perspective to explore development and opportunities
    3. Provide oversight and inspire action to progress the Federation
    4. Drive agendas, encourage participation, sum up and clarify to gain consensus
    5. Work with others to manage any tasks allocated to get the tasks accomplished
    6. Monitor progress reporting to the Board and members’ Forum
  • Dennis Davis - Executive Officer
    Denis Davis

    Dennis Davis

    Executive Officer

    Assisting Michael Dennis develops and implements strategies that benefit the Federation’s profile and membership values. The Executive Officer’s tasks include to:

    1. Work with the Chairman and Directors to develop and deliver business strategies
    2. Offer a sounding board, contact and communication point for external and internal inquiries
    3. Gather and coordinate information advice and support from and to the membership
    4. Manage available resources helping allocate, monitor and report progress on tasks
    5. Attend and organise meetings researching, presenting and developing a quality organisation
    6. Seek awareness of business impacts on the Federation and its membership

There are six functional leads that address key aspects of Federation interest. Their tasks include to:

  1. Management and governance of the Federation assets
  2. Internal networking, development and access to membership expertise and knowledge
  3. Internal coordination and identification of the memberships’ consensus views
  4. Effective presentation of coherent collective views to enhance public fire safety
  5. Liaison and external representation to support adoption of the Federation’s viewpoints
  6. Help set priorities to strengthen influence to promote Federation aims and objectives
  • Jonathan O’Neill - Strategy Director
    Jonathan O’Neill

    Jonathan O’Neill

    Strategy Director

    A key part of the Federation’s aim is to stay up-to-date and indeed try to influence National fire policies and enforcement arrangements for the better. This involves frequent discussions and continuous observation of government attitudes and approaches to fire safety linked to a realistic appraisal of what’s happening on the ground. A continuous dialogue as a critical friend with government and informing of public representatives through the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group are central to this work, a task helped by Jon’s being Director of the Fire Protection Association, the UK’s national fire safety organisation and part of 28 similar bodies worldwide.

  • Niall Rowan - Passive Fire Protection Director
    Niall Rowan

    Niall Rowan

    Passive Fire Protection Director

    The beneficial influence on the built environment of effective passive and structural fire protection systems is renowned by everyone who has seen how uncontrolled fire can spread through a building with devastating consequences. Advances and innovation in construction remind us that having the very best passive fire protection is essential. With an extensive career in the fire industry and now as Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection Niall is extremely well placed to lead the Federation’s work on building a better understanding of the various solutions available.

  • Thomas Roche - Active Fire Protection Director
    Thomas Roche

    Thomas Roche

    Active Fire Protection Director

    Tom is the senior consultant of international standards at FM Global in the UK and leading in many aspects of seeking to improve fire safety in the built environment. He has articulated concerns raised by Federation members on matters like the currency and completeness of building regulations and guidance and has responded to multiple calls for evidence or consultations that seek expert opinion. Part of the detail of this work involves outlying the benefits of active fire suppression and technological fire alerting and other protection systems, something Tom is very close to and keen to see advanced.

  • Dennis Davis - Technical Director
    Denis Davis

    Dennis Davis

    Technical Director

    A feature of all fire safety effectiveness is the level of personal development and competency of those working in the sector and the availability of technical guidance both in general and in specialist areas like fire investigation. Dennis, an independent fire consultant with a lifetime experience of developing strategies and actions to create effective workforce solutions, has served from firefighter to chief fire officer to chief inspector of fire services and worked in fire professional bodies. Part of the role involves maintaining awareness of current innovation and trends through research and statistics and sharing learning and knowledge internationally in groups like the International Fire and Rescue Service Association and European Union.

  • David Russell - Finance Director
    dave russell

    David Russell

    Finance Director

    The person responsible for keeping the Federation in good financial shape is Dave Russell. This is a challenging task as the Federation is largely subscription based with collections made across many differing scale organisations, all of whom like to know the value achieved from their contribution. This is a familiar tune as he is also UK Sales Manager for Angus Fire. Having both roles makes Dave naturally keen to also promote ‘UK Fire plc’ both at home and abroad so he has oversight and guides the Federation on fire sector procurement systems.

  • Andrew Lynch - Communications Director
    Andrew Lynch

    Andrew Lynch

    Communications Director

    Effective internal and external communications are the prerequisites of any member organisation especially one that relies upon its memberships’ knowledge and technical expertise to form informed commentary and opinion for national audiences. Setting and leading the strategy and process for this task falls to the Communications Director. Andrew is globally well known for his work with Fire magazine as Managing Editor of the Fire Group of Pavilion Publishing and thus well placed for this task and the associated function of marketing the Federation to prospective new members and new users of our outputs.

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