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.

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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