The Council of BAFE, the independent, third party certification registration body for the UK fire protection industry, has elected Douglas Barnett, Head of Customer Risk Management, AXA Insurance (UK) as their new Chairman, following the retirement of Phil Toase CBE, QFSM, DL. Phil served as Director and Chairman for nine years and had overseen the major developments and growth at BAFE, which now has over 1100 registered companies across a range of schemes and in every part of the UK. Phil said:” I have enjoyed my time at BAFE, it has been great to help shape the future of the organisation and be involved in the general acceptance of BAFE as a safeguarding organisation for the fire industry”. Douglas has over 25 years’ experience in risk management with an extensive global background. He represents the Association of British Insurers and other commercial groups in consultations with Government bodies and technical groups. He has a number of technical qualifications including the Post Graduate European Diploma in Fire Safety Management and is a member of a number of professional bodies. In accepting the role of BAFE Chairman, Douglas paid tribute to the growth in both numbers and standing that had been achieved under Phil’s tenure.” I am honoured to take over the role of BAFE Chairman from Phil Toase”, commented Douglas,” I aim to work with the staff team to gain greater credibility for the use of third party certificated companies by end users and specifiers, with the consistent aim of improving fire safety throughout the built environment.” He continued. The Council also elected two new Directors: Nigel Walton, Managing Director of Abbot Fire Group and Chair of the BAFE Marketing group and Steve McGuirk CBE, QFSM, DL, Chief Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Stephen Adams, BAFE Chief Executive said:” These changes in the BAFE Board will continue to add value to our organisation and drive the importance of third party certification forward.”
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.