Carol Atkinson and John Pownall appointed Board directors by BAFE at 2017 AGM

John Pownall

John Pownall

BAFE – the independent registration body for third party certified fire protection companies across the UK – has announced the appointment of two new directors to the Board. Carol Atkinson and John Pownall’s appointments were approved at the organisation’s recent 2017 AGM.

Carol Atkinson MA was the CEO at BRE Global from 1998 to 2012 and has an extensive background in certification, building research and management within a not-for-profit environment. All of this expertise will ultimately benefit BAFE and its stakeholders.

For his part, John Pownall has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in business, including holding senior positions at Securitas, ADT and Secom as well as other fire and security-related organisations. Pownall will bring to BAFE additional financial and commercial expertise from across many common areas of interest.

Speaking about the news, BAFE chairman Douglas Barnett stated: “We’re delighted to have added two such experienced and knowledgeable people to the Board. We have an excellent range of fire industry and commercial expertise available to support the executive team here at BAFE at a time when the brand and our message about the value of third party certification is developing rapidly.”

About the Author

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.

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