IFE Membership and Registration end of year message and updates

What a year for the Membership and Registration team at IFE House! In terms of new membership numbers and increased numbers of registrants (for both the Fire Risk Register of Assessors and the Engineering Council Register) we have surpassed all expectations. So, a HUGE thank you to all the dedicated volunteers and staff involved in all the processes.

Which brings me neatly on to mention Patrick Hamblin CbuildE FCABE IEng CFIFireE. Patrick has decided to step down from his volunteering role and fully retire after a dedicated and long career in the fire sector which started over 50 years ago. We all owe Patrick a massive debt of gratitude for his service to the IFE, particularly for the Fire Risk Register of Assessors. Patrick has served on the IFE’s Fire Risk Register of Assessor Panel, and as a volunteer reviewer and interviewer for many years. He has been instrumental in training up new volunteers, being involved in various standards committees, and representing IFE in many different organisations.

Patrick Hamblin receiving his Companion Award from Colin Todd

I personally want to thank Patrick, for all the kindness and understanding he has shown me over the past 10 years I have been at the IFE. He is a true gentleman and I am sorry to see him go, but wish him all the very best for his future happy and healthy retirement.

Roy Bishop IFE CEO with Patrick Hamblin


Round up of Membership, Fire Risk Register and Engineering Council (EngC) stats

I am pleased to report that stats are at an all-time high for IFE:

Membership over the 10,000 mark, at 10,278. Associate (AIFireE) membership applications are up by almost 30 per cent compared with the previous year.

Engineering Council registrants now number 644, the highest level yet. Retention rates remain high at more than 90 per cent and applications are up by almost 50 per cent.

Fire Risk Register of Assessors, again at the highest level yet at 260 – the largest UK register of its kind.


Key Membership and Registration dates for your diary for 2020

If you are thinking of upgrading, or gaining registration, or you are involved in encouraging others to join the IFE, then make a note of the following dates which have been scheduled in for 2020:

For membership upgrades and new memberships:

Last Submission Date                      Results By

17 January                                          11 February

13 March                                             9 April

1 May                                                  26 May

26 June                                               21 July

7 August                                              3 September

18 September                                     15 October

Friday 6 November                             1 December


For Engineering Council registration applications:

Last Submission Date

Thursday 6 February 2020

Thursday 9 April 2020

Thursday 4 June 2020

Thursday 6 August 2020

Thursday 8 October 2020


Membership and Registration staffing update

I am pleased to welcome two new employees to the IFE Membership and Registration team:

Fiona McGuinness started on 13 November. Fiona has had a long and varied career in banking, compliance and audit. She will be focussing initially on updating and further developing the IFE’s Fire Risk Register of Auditors as Membership and Registration Administrator.

Jo Tedd started as Member Services Manager, managing the Membership and Registration administrator team and supporting me. Jo has had a career involving management, coaching, learning and development, IT and software, all skills which will be put to great use as we further expand.


EngC licence renewal

The EngC licence five-year review took place on 13 June 2019 when EngC visited and audited us. Key staff and volunteers were involved. I am immensely proud to report that we will retain our licence to register Engineering Technicians (EngTechs), Incorporated Engineers (IEngs) and Chartered Engineers (CEngs) for another five years.

Finally, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. 2020 promises to be an exciting year for all those involved with the IFE.


Lisa Cooper FCMI
IFE Head of Membership and Registration