Martin Harvey appointed President of Euralarm at organisation’s 50th General Assembly

Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey

During the 50th General Assembly of Euralarm, the European association representing the fire safety and security industries, the members chose Martin Harvey of Johnson Controls to be the organisation’s new President. Harvey succeeds Enzo Peduzzi who has served in the role for the past three years.

A new general manager – Paul van der Zanden – to represent the association in Brussels was introduced. He’ll begin in post during Q3.

In separate meetings the next day, new chairs were elected for the Euralarm Sections and will also join as members of the Euralarm Board. Lance Rütimann (Siemens) will chair the Fire Section of Euralarm with, as vice-chairman, Michael Scharnowsky (Hekatron). Tornbjörn Laursen (SikkerhedsBranchen) will chair the Extinguishing Section and Alan Elder (of the Fire Industry Association) will serve as vice-chairman. Jon Könz (Siemens) has been elected chair of the Services Section with Philippe Lecuyer (DEF) taking the role of vice-chairman. David Wilkinson of the British Security Industry Association is to carry on as chairman of the Security Section. Milan Ceeh (AGA) has been elected as Wilkinson’s vice-chairman.

Euralarm’s 2018 General Assembly was hosted in Bucharest by Euralarm’s Romanian Member ARTS, a body representing the security industry in that nation. The event coincided with the end of the Euralarm Board’s three-year mandate and offered a review of progress achieved during that three-year period. Delegates from national associations and blue chip companies who were in attendance acknowledged that the security and fire sectors are now more unified and better integrated into European decision-making processes.

For his part, Peduzzi praised the work conducted to foster internal communications within the association, as well as align opinions and develop clear priorities shared across the whole scope of those businesses represented by Euralarm: manufacturers of products and systems, fire and security services providers, SMEs (mostly represented by national associations) and large international companies.

More weight at the European level

Through the integration of several new members over the past year, Euralarm now directly represents a bigger share of the security and fire industry. Similarly, the opening of an Extinguishing Section back in February this year allows Euralarm to carry more weight at European level, as the organisation now represents a unified front for the whole fire industry in European debates.

Under Euralarm’s umbrella model, different branches of the industry are represented by their own Section with separate membership. However, they act as one in their high-level dialogue with institutional players and other European stakeholders.

Developments across the last 12 months have empowered Euralarm to become a key player in the EU-Industry Joint Initiative on Standardisation and to sign a partnership agreement with CEN, the European platform for standardisation. These two strategic alliances allow Euralarm and the industry as a whole to speak with a stronger voice when it comes to the development of European legislation, regulation and standards.

A future development sanctioned by the assembled delegates from the members was the foreseen modernisation of Euralarm’s Statutes by the incoming Board in order to adapt the association’s legal framework to a changing institutional, political and commercial environment.

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 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.

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