Tom Brookes appointed chairman of Fire & Security Association to succeed Pat Allen

Tom Brookes: the new chairman of the FSA

Tom Brookes: the new chairman of the FSA

Tom Brookes, a senior figure within the fire sector, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Fire & Security Association (FSA) after being confirmed in the role last week. Brookes harbours over 25 years’ experience within the fire industry, having started work as a fire engineer back in 1992. He bought Lindum Fire Services in 2002, and has since turned the business into one of the major fire detection and alarm systems organisations within Lincolnshire.

Brookes’ career has also encompassed involvement with a range of industry bodies. He has served as a Technical Committee member at the British Standards Institution and as chairman of the British Fire Consortium.

Steve Martin, head of the FSA, commented: “The FSA is pleased to confirm that Tom Brookes has taken over the role of chairman from Pat Allen. Pat has done a fantastic job in recent years and we look forward to continued success with Tom at the helm. With the fire industry currently in the spotlight, Tom is the ideal person to ensure that the FSA becomes a key player in ensuring that standards and safety are placed at the forefront of building development and improvement.”

On his new role, Brookes stated: “I’m delighted to be taking over as chairman of the FSA at what is a very crucial time for our industry. I aim to use my 25 years’ experience in the fire sector to ensure that the industry drives through improvements in the safety of both residential and commercial buildings.”

Brookes added: “Many thanks to my predecessor Pat Allen for all his hard work in the role, and notably so on the development of a new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship for the sector. I’m pleased that Pat will continue to be involved with the FSA in the capacity of vice-chairman, and look forward to working closely with him going forward.”

Government’s independent review

The Government recently announced an independent review of ‘Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. This process is being led by Dame Judith Hackitt. The review will report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. An interim report will be submitted this autumn and a final report tabled in the spring of next year. The FSA intends to respond to the review on behalf of the industry, notably in respect of high-rise residential and commercial buildings.

The FSA is the leading Trade Association dedicated to companies who design, install, commission, maintain and monitor electronic fire, emergency and security systems. As a specialist group of the ECA, and working in partnership with SELECT (the Scottish electro-technical Trade Association), the FSA is uniquely positioned to improve industry standards and enhance and develop members’ businesses.

The ECA is the UK’s largest Trade Association representing electrical, electrotechnical and other engineering contractors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the regional, national and European level. ECA member companies are rigorously assessed before their membership is approved.

Member firms have a combined turnover in excess of £6 billion on an annual basis. They conduct design, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and monitoring activity across the domestic and commercial sectors. This ranges from power and lighting to data communications and on to energy efficiency and renewables, as well as the design and installation of cutting-edge building control 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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