Innovation, legislation and sustainability on the agenda at the FPA 2022 InfoZone

The Fire Protection Association’s (FPA) InfoZone seminar theatre returns for 2022 this May, with an agenda covering a wide range of crucial talking points in the fire safety sector, with updates on legislation, presentations on sustainability, and several informative case studies will be featured.

The Fire Protection Association is delighted to bring to the sector our theatre of topical fire safety talks for the 11th year of the FPA InfoZone.”

Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association

Highlights of the programme will include:

  • Steve Hamm, Chief Executive of the Institution of Fire Engineers providing a plenary update on the fire sector
  • A debate around Sprinklers in Schools – with participation from Zurich, FM Global and BAFSA, amongst others
  • John Davidson from the NSI will present on the most common and serious issues fire risk assessors are coming across right now
  • Fire safety legislation updates from Red Lion Chambers
  • Hear from the Head of Fire Safety at Ocado

17 May Programme

Bringing the global world of fire testing to the UK

17/05/2022 | 10:30 AM

Jonathan began his career in the insurance industry and was appointed Managing Director of the FPA in 1999. During his time as MD, Jonathan has overseen two relocations and has managed the organisation to financial independence from insurers. 

Jonathan has served on numerous government, ministerial, and sector advisory bodies and was part of the strategic advisory group on the Fire Futures Review. He represents UK insurers on the Prevention Forum of Insurance Europe, is the UK’s representative at the General Assemblies of CFPA Europe and CFPA International, and sits on the Executive of the Fire Sector Federation. 

In 2017, Jonathan was awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to fire safety and received his OBE from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday 31 October at Buckingham Palace. 

Chris Miles is Regional Business Director for UL’s built environment business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and head of UL’s Approved Body activities. He is also chair of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP). Chris has spent his entire career focused on fire safety, with over 30 years of experience in the testing, assessment and certification of fire resistive construction products. At UL, Chris leads research and development of new test standards and certification requirements and applies his technical knowledge and scientific expertise to collaborate with customers to enable faster access to local and global markets. He also plays a key role in the development and operation of the Notified Body for fire protection and detection materials in Europe, and Approved Body activities in the UK.

Sprinklers school debate                                         

17/05/2022 | 11:15 AM 

Jonathan began his career in the insurance industry and was appointed Managing Director of the FPA in 1999. During his time as MD, Jonathan has overseen two relocations and has managed the organisation to financial independence from insurers. 

Jonathan has served on numerous government, ministerial, and sector advisory bodies and was part of the strategic advisory group on the Fire Futures Review. He represents UK insurers on the Prevention Forum of Insurance Europe, is the UK’s representative at the General Assemblies of CFPA Europe and CFPA International, and sits on the Executive of the Fire Sector Federation. 

In 2017, Jonathan was awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to fire safety and received his OBE from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday 31 October at Buckingham Palace. 

Nick’s 40 years’ service for the London Fire Brigade has spanned many roles including, Head of Fire Safety Training, Enforcement Manager and Head of Fire Safety Policy. He has helped write DCLG guides and as the Chair of CFOA Enforcement working group helped produce policies and guidance on the RRO to Fire & Rescue Services. He is currently NFCC Protection vice chair and Head of the Protection, Policy and reform Unit which leads the Building Safety Programme.

He is a member of the Joint Regulators Group and the Protection Board. He is also member of the Industry Safety Steering Group led by Dame Judith Hackitt to hold industry to account on the progress of post Grenfell change.

He was a founder member of the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council and is also the Chair of IFE Fire Risk Assessment Register. He sits on various BS Committees.

In 2019 New Year’s Honours lists he was awarded an MBE for services to fire safety.

A case study of the Notre Dame fire 

17/05/2022 | 12:30 PM                                                       


Maintenance of fire doors 

17/05/2022 | 2:15 PM 

Mike spent eighteen years working
in various laboratory positions, firstly in roofing R&D with Tarmac Group.
Studying part time Mike gained Higher National qualifications in chemistry then
physics with laboratory management.

As Fire safety Manager for the Medical Research Council’s main laboratories, he covered all aspects of training and emergency liaison for a staff of over 1000 and the site fire team.

He completed the FPA and CFPA European Diploma in the early nineties.

Mike joined the FPA in 1995 as Senior Training Officer, initially working with Howard Passey on various projects, mainly covering in-house courses for facilities managers in the following years. He now covers a wide range of passive and active matters on FPA courses.

He recently completed the Fire and Evacuation Computer Modelling courses at Greenwich University and has begun work on the project for entry to the MSc programme. He has completed a “Supporting Work Based Learning” certificate with the University of Derby in 2012.

Rebuilding public trust and influencing cultural change within the fire sector and related industries

17/05/2022 | 3:15 PM 

Having over 30 years of contracting experience, Gavin is acutely aware of the pressure points within the construction industry and wider related sectors that have failed and led us to the point where there is a complete lack of trust in the ability of those who create own or manage the built environment in respect to fire safety.


Insurability of timber buildings (Pre record) 

17/05/2022 | 4:15 PM 

Jim joined the FPA in 2002 after beginning his career at the Atomic Energy Authority, Harwell who sponsored his PHD. He also completed a post-doctorate study at the Fire Research Station and worked at South Bank University London as a lecturer in chemical and fire safety engineering.  

Jim is Technical Director at the FPA, and Director of RISCAuthority, which conducts research on behalf of the insurance sector. Jim undertakes research into fire protection, with particular emphasis on risk avoidance, reduction and management. 

18 May Programme

NFCC updates

18/05/2022 | 10:30 AM                                                       

Fire safety in your building: The most common and serious issues fire risk assessors are coming across right now

18/05/2022 | 11:15 AM 

With 30+ years of experience in the security sector John is responsible for the development and maintenance of various certification schemes within NSI and is the NSI “Fire Lead”. He is engaged in the development of BSI standards, representing NSI on FSH 12 & FSH12/1. He was involved in the development of BS 8629 and the revision of PAS 79 and is also a member of a number of BAFE scheme development groups.

John is a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (I.E.T) and the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and a member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM).

He is also a registered IRCA Principal Auditor and a practitioner of the Chartered Quality Institute and continues to audit approved companies primarily against the BAFE SP205 scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.

Ocado: Lessons learnt from the Andover warehouse fire

18/05/2022 | 12:30 PM

Alison Phillips is an innovative Risk Engineer with a career spanning over 20 years. She has held dynamic roles within consultancy, financial services and working directly for clients. After graduating from Leeds University in Fire Safety and Management, Alison’s career progressed from a Building Health and Safety Scientist to Senior Property Consultant.

She then embarked on a career in the insurance industry, working for Marsh McLennan and AIG global. She worked extensively on some of the biggest challenges facing the built environment, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver positive fire safety outcomes. In recent years, Alison has devoted her time and career to delivering meaningful change within the construction industry. Alison is now the Head of Fire Safety Risk Management, spearheading the fire safety strategy within Ocado.


The four essential stages to a better sprinkler system (Pre record)

18/05/2022 | 1:15 PM

Dale joined the FPA in 2018 after beginning his career in the fire industry as a sprinkler engineer apprentice in 1990. He has undertaken many special risk projects in the form of inergen gaseous systems design, high- and low-pressure gaseous CO2 design, fire detection systems, foam systems, and sprinkler system design. 

Dale is responsible for suppression, technical issues, sprinkler inspections and sprinkler training at the FPA. He is a LPCB Qualified Design Engineer, holds the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Engineering Technology, the CFPA European Diploma in Fire Prevention, and is currently studying towards an MSc degree. Dale is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Ian joined the FPA in 2019 and has worked in the fire industry for over 40 years. He has substantial experience in the design of fire sprinkler and special risk systems in a range of applications, and has worked on diverse projects from power stations to production buildings, warehouses and commercial office buildings. 

Ian is responsible for our sprinkler inspection services and sprinkler training. He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, CEng, Basic, Intermediate and FHC qualifications, as well as a DMS (Post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies). Ian is also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). 

Safety implications around electric vehicle fires

18/05/2022 | 2:15 PM

Passive fire barriers 

18/05/2022 | 3:15 PM

Karthick has spent over 25 years immersed in the study and development of technical textiles, collecting an MSc, PHD and ASFP Passive Fire Protection Level 3 along the way. For a decade he led the Technical & Product Development functions at TBA’s parent company, the Fothergill Group, focusing on fire and thermal protection textiles.

In recent years as General Manager of TBA, Karthick has been strongly focused on the technical development and testing of the FIREFLY™ range of flexible fire barriers.

Following his early “Best Outgoing Student Award” in the College Textiles Department, Karthick’s continued passion for his subject makes for both knowledgeable and engaging presentations.


Assembly point: vulnerable risks and evacuation strategies (Pre record) 

18/05/2022 | 4:15 PM

Howard joined the FPA in 1992 as a Training/Information Officer after training formally as a land surveyor and spending eight years in the construction industry. He has spent considerable time in the FPA’s fire advisory division and is among our most experienced and respected fire risk assessors, helping clients with complex and varied projects including fire safety audits, fire strategy development and reviews, inspections,  and risk assessments. Howard’s varied and thorough knowledge of the industry makes him perfectly placed as the FPA’s Director of Operations, ensuring the integrity of our work. He has a BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and registered on the Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register (NFRAR).

Nick’s 40 years’ service for the London Fire Brigade has spanned many roles including, Head of Fire Safety Training, Enforcement Manager and Head of Fire Safety Policy. He has helped write DCLG guides and as the Chair of CFOA Enforcement working group helped produce policies and guidance on the RRO to Fire & Rescue Services. He is currently NFCC Protection vice chair and Head of the Protection, Policy and reform Unit which leads the Building Safety Programme.

He is a member of the Joint Regulators Group and the Protection Board. He is also member of the Industry Safety Steering Group led by Dame Judith Hackitt to hold industry to account on the progress of post Grenfell change.

He was a founder member of the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council and is also the Chair of IFE Fire Risk Assessment Register. He sits on various BS Committees.

In 2019 New Year’s Honours lists he was awarded an MBE for services to fire safety.

19 May Programme

Collaborative reporting for safer structures UK (cross-UK) 

19/05/2022 | 10:30 AM

Cladding demystified (entry level) 

19/05/2022 | 11:15 AM

George joined the FPA in 2014 with experience as a research and development engineer. He is usually responsible for the Special Projects Group but is currently undertaking a 12-month research project on advanced fire testing and classification criteria for external cladding systems for RISCAuthority. George has a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, is Prince 2 Certified, and holds SC Security Clearance.  

Ian joined the FPA in 2021, having worked for many years supporting architects, façade, structural and service engineers, testing prototypes and checking work on site. He worked on projects ranging from modular towers to bungalows and basements, industrial sheds, and the Tate Modern extension.

Ian is Convenor of the RISCAuthority Passive Working Group, developing the Essential Principles and Insurer Approved Document B for Property Protection, particularly for Modern Methods of Construction. He is a qualified architect but is now deregistered.

Stuart joined the FPA in 2004 as a project manager working with the Special Projects Group, and is now a Senior Technical Consultant. Prior to this he worked for research establishments on research projects and sprinkler test facilities.

Stuart is responsible for providing technical assistance to the RISCAuthority Director, as well as developing and updating online toolkits. He also provides technical guidance and support to the FPA’s Testing Laboratory. Stuart has a degree in Applied Physics and a PhD in Explosives Safety.

An introduction to fire strategy 

19/05/2022 | 12:30 PM

Howard joined the FPA in 1992 as a Training/Information Officer after training formally as a land surveyor and spending eight years in the construction industry. He has spent considerable time in the FPA’s fire advisory division and is among our most experienced and respected fire risk assessors, helping clients with complex and varied projects including fire safety audits, fire strategy development and reviews, inspections,  and risk assessments. Howard’s varied and thorough knowledge of the industry makes him perfectly placed as the FPA’s Director of Operations, ensuring the integrity of our work. He has a BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and registered on the Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register (NFRAR).


Fire risk assessing the external walls of a building with comments on PAS 9980 

19/05/2022 | 1:15 PM

Howard joined the FPA in 1992 as a Training/Information Officer after training formally as a land surveyor and spending eight years in the construction industry. He has spent considerable time in the FPA’s fire advisory division and is among our most experienced and respected fire risk assessors, helping clients with complex and varied projects including fire safety audits, fire strategy development and reviews, inspections,  and risk assessments. Howard’s varied and thorough knowledge of the industry makes him perfectly placed as the FPA’s Director of Operations, ensuring the integrity of our work. He has a BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and registered on the Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register (NFRAR).

Ian joined the FPA in 2021, having worked for many years supporting architects, façade, structural and service engineers, testing prototypes and checking work on site. He worked on projects ranging from modular towers to bungalows and basements, industrial sheds, and the Tate Modern extension.

Ian is Convenor of the RISCAuthority Passive Working Group, developing the Essential Principles and Insurer Approved Document B for Property Protection, particularly for Modern Methods of Construction. He is a qualified architect but is now deregistered.

Competency  

19/05/2022 | 2:15 PM                                                  

 

Dennis is currently Executive Officer Fire Sector Federation. The Federation is the umbrella organisation of the fire safety sector and regularly engages with government and others to promote and contribute to improving UK fire safety. Dennis leads the Federation’s technical work which currently has had a strong focus on competency. His background is that of an operational firefighter who became Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire and HMCIFS of Fire Services for Scotland, after which he established a company as an international independent adviser on fire and civil protection matters. Professional contributions include presidency and chairmanship of the Institution of Fire Engineers and presidency and leadership roles within UK Chief Fire Officers.