NEWS Jonathan O’Neill receives lifetime achievement award

THE MANAGING director of the FPA was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) at its annual general meeting (AGM), which was attended by 'more than 300' industry representatives. After chairman Ian Moore’s

address, the FIA recognised the ‘exceptional contribution’ of Mr O’Neill to fire safety, and then Mr Moore cited some of his achievements in the sector. He added: ‘I cannot think

of anyone better connected within the fire industry than Jonathan. He has been consistent in his support for improving the resilience of the built environment and has provided educated and informed challenge where it is due, both within the UK and internationally.’ The FIA also awarded Martin Harvey and David Murfitt with the

honorary award, which signifies an FIA member’s ‘sustained commitment and outstanding volunteer contributions’ to the association. Both were honoured for their ‘long term

contribution that started before the formation of the FIA, back in the days of BFSPA [British Fire Services and Products Association] and FETA [Fire Extinguisher Trade Association]’

Fire Sector Federation appoints new chair

MICHAEL HARPER has been appointed as the new chair of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF), as part of a ‘wider restructuring’ of the organisation. Mr Harper was appointed at an

extraordinary general meeting held in September, and the FSF said that his appointment is ‘part of a wider restructuring’ of the federation ‘which involves senior level changes to help the organisation meet increasing future demands’. These include the appointment of a board to manage affairs, governance, communications and management of the FSF’s workstream’s activities. Vice chairman Dennis Davis

was appointed as executive officer, and will take responsibility for ‘day to day matters’, with Mr Harper having previously served as chairman of Ricardo, Vitec Group and BBA Aviation, as well as senior independent director of Catlin Group Limited, director of Williams and chief executive officer of Kidde.

He stated: ‘I am pleased to have been appointed as Chair of the Fire Sector Federation at what is a significant time for the Fire Sector, where the Grenfell Tower fire has rightly initiated an inquiry and reviews which will have far reaching effects for the fire sector. ‘It is the intention of my Board Colleagues and myself that the

Fire Sector Federation is efficient, effective and communicates well internally and externally to the Investigatory Bodies. ‘To that end we have been

encouraged by the support of key members of the Federation who are supporting the high work load. We will be working with all our members and external contacts to ensure the effective delivery of the informed views of the fire sector at this important time.’ Mr Davis added: ‘Michael’s appointment as an independent non-executive chair brings fresh expertise to the Federation, which will help as it restructures and improve its response to growing demands. ‘Michael has a wealth of

operational and corporate experience, following an extensive career in corporate business and as a Board member within a range of engineering and aviation businesses. I am sure his involvement will be invaluable in evolving the Federation at this crucial time.’ DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019 9

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