Robert Yates steps into technical manager’s role as FIA’s Graham Simons retires

The Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) technical manager Graham Simons has retired from his post after a long career in the fire industry and over six years of service with the FIA.

Simons joined the FIA’s technical team back in February 2011. With a specialism in FD&A, he acted as secretary to the FD&A Council and represented the FIA on the Euralarm Section for Fire. Simons also represented the FIA on various technical standardisation committees including those for the British Standards Institution, CEN and ISO.

As a trainer, Simons has supported FIA professional training on BS 5839-1.

Prior to joining the FIA, he worked for 12 years at Honeywell Life Safety in the role of regulatory manager. As such, his technical knowledge was and has been invaluable to the Association.

Simons’ position as technical manager at the FIA and secretary to the FD&A Council will be taken up by new-starter Robert Yates who has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and has worked in a variety of roles including those focused on product specification, design, manufacture, distribution, service, sales and marketing.

Prior to joining the FIA, Yates worked in Switzerland for 13 years, focusing on product management at Siemens Building Technologies.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI Editor, Risk UK Pro-Activ Publications

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