IFE Chair and International President Steve Hamm MSc BEng (Hons) CEng FIFireE MIOD had the pleasure of presenting Dr Debbie Smith FIFireE MInstP CPhys OBE, Managing Director of BRE Global and Mr Brian Martin FIFireE FCABE, Principal Construction Professional at the Department for Communities and Local Government, with their IFE Fellow awards at the BRE offices on 27 May.
The Fellow awards were presented to Dr Smith and Mr Martin in recognition of their distinguished contributions and support to the fire sector and standards-making committees over many years.
Dr Smith joined BRE in 1984 after completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham in Metallurgy and Materials Science and has since undertaken a broad range of fire-related work in research, testing, certification and consultancy. She has also been heavily involved in the developments of new European fire test methods and the development of Fire Safety Engineering standards and guidance both within the National and International Standards arena.
Dr Smith is currently Chair of the European Committee CEN TC127 on Fire Safety, which is responsible for the development of fire test methods for construction projects in Europe, and she leads BRE’s collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, to deliver future generations of fire experts. Dr Smith has most recently become involved in the area of sustainability. Dr Smith said of the award, “It was a great surprise and honour to receive this award from the IFE and I am looking forward to the opportunities for working more closely with others in the fire sector.”
Mr Martin has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, working in both the public and private sectors. As a Building Control Surveyor, Mr Martin’s projects included the Bluewater Shopping Complex and Canary Wharf.
At BRE he headed the project team for the 2006 revision of Approved Document B and worked on research and consultancy projects involving active and passive fire protection systems, fire recreations and fire investigation.
Mr Martin joined the Civil Service in 2008 as the lead policy advisor on the fire safety aspects of the building regulations at DCLG.
He is an active member of several British Standard Committees including FSH 14 on Fire Precautions in Buildings and he also represents DCLG on the Strategic Policy Group for Fire Standardization, FSH 0. Mr Martin said of the award, “It’s a real honour to have my work recognised by my peers in this way.”