Ian is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Fire Industry Association (FIA). The FIA, with nearly 900 member companies, is a not-for-profit trade association with the aim of promoting the professional status of the UK fire safety industry. As Europe’s largest trade association for the fire protection industry, the FIA’s main objective is to promote the professional standards of the fire industry through close liaison and lobbying with Government and key organisations in the industry. In addition, the FIA is an OFQUAL accredited Awarding Organisation examining to QCF Level 4 and its training department teaches thousands of students every year.
Previous to this Ian was the Managing Director for 5 years at Elmdene International; they being a leading manufacturer of electronic products for the Security, Access Control, CCTV and Fire Industries around the world. At the same time, the Chair of the BSIA Export Council, Board Director of the BSIA, Vice President of Potter Signals LLC, and advisor to a number of security and fire technology based companies.
A truly international working background being the lead project manager of the Africa Nations complex in Libya; Managing Director of Detector Technologies (D-Tec Video Smoke Detection), Country Manager for Cerberus in Taiwan and Siemens in UAE, Managing Director of Intelligent Security Ltd being awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation; after serving in the Royal Navy for many years and as a Weapons Officer in the Sultan of Oman’s Forces.