Stephen James appointed in all-new compliance manager’s role at BAFE

Stephen James

Stephen James

BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers, has just announced the appointment of Stephen James as compliance manager. This new role has been introduced to acknowledge the substantial growth in BAFE-registered company numbers in recent years and also the responsibility the organisation shares with its certification bodies to ensure registered businesses remain compliant with the BAFE schemes.

James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role having been part of the fire industry for over 35 years. He began his career covering the refilling, refurbishing and testing of portable fire extinguishers, while also working on hose reels, dry risers and fire hydrants.

James developed into an extinguisher engineer and, later, a service manager responsible for quality procedures including ISO 9001 and third party certification.

Stephen Adams, BAFE’s CEO, told Risk UK: “With an ever-growing demand for competent providers of fire protection works, it’s vital that we continue to ensure the BAFE marque of approval is used by competent and compliant organisations. Steve will be a great addition to the organisation, duly assisting the BAFE scheme management, our partner certification bodies and our registered companies in reviewing and acting on all instances of non-conformities, helping to police the BAFE brand and ensuring that it remains the highest echelon of quality.”

Speaking about his new role, James observed: “Throughout my career in the fire industry, BAFE has always represented the highest level of quality. It’s a humbling thought that I can now provide support in upholding this virtue within the parameters of my new role.”

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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