Meet The Board

Mr Steve Hamm MSc BEng (Hons) CEng FIFireE MIoD

Chairman and Past International President 2015-2016 

Steve Hamm

Steve is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institution of Fire Engineers and also the Institutions International President for 2015/16. He has an extensive career background in the UK fire and rescue service, his last appointment being as Assistant Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade until 2014 where he was responsible for Operational Resilience. This portfolio covered aspects such as the Operational Planning for significant events in London, Contingency Planning for a range of scenarios, delivering the London Fire Brigade Emergency Planning responsibilities and the delivery of Specialist Operational Capabilities in London, including components of the UK National Resilience Capabilities Programme.

For the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2012 Steve undertook a Gold Command role in London and was involved in the work required to ensure that specific measures for the games were correctly planned, implemented and tested. Steve led a team that delivered the arrangements in London and around the UK to provide a consistent and robust approach to the risks faced by UK Fire Services during the games period.

Steve has a broad experience base in strategic operational command and has attended a number of high profile events in London, including the civil disturbances of 2011 and the Vauxhall helicopter crash in Central London in 2013. In 2014 Steve was heavily involved in the command and control arrangements for the flooding that affected large parts of the UK.

Building on his experience during the Olympic period Steve was the Chief Fire Officers Association lead on Interoperability and a member of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme Board.

Steve has extensive experience in the resilience and civil contingencies field and has worked in forums tasked with ensuring effective response and recovery arrangements are in place in London and Nationally in the UK.

Steve has over 25 years of experience in Emergency Management and Resilience following a period of service in the Royal Air Force. He holds a MSc and is a Chartered Fire Engineer. He became the Institutions 2015/16 International President in July 2015. Steve takes up a new appointment as Head of London’s Resilience Programme in September 2015 and will become the senior point of contact for resilience issues in the Capital, with responsibility for implementing the responsibilities of the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority and coordination of the key response and recovery agencies.

Mr Grant N. Lupton, AFSM, B.GS, MIFireE, CPMgr, FAIM

Vice Chairman

Grant Lupton

Grant is newly appointed as an independent strategic advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and is responsible for the national delivery of fire, rescue, ambulance and emergency management services. His role is to help the UAE achieve world best practice for civil defence services to protect the increasing population and rapidly expanding infrastructure that includes the world's tallest buildings and some of the world's largest oil-storage facilities.

Grant was first appointed as the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in March 2002.  He was reappointed for a second, five-year term in 2007 and a third, five-year term in 2012, making him one of the longest serving Chief Officers in the 150 year history of the MFS.

Prior to his appointment in South Australia, Grant was the Deputy Fire Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

Grant has served as a Director of the International Fire Chiefs' Association of Asia and is an Honorary Life Member of the Fire Prevention Officers' Association of British Columbia.   He is an elected Director of the International (UK) and Australian Boards of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is also a Member of the International Metropolitan Fire Chiefs' Association, the International Fire Marshals' Association and the Australasian Fire Authorities Council.

He has been a member of the fire service for over 34 years and was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in January 2007 and the MFS Exemplary Service Medal in 2012.

Mr Roy Bishop OBE QFSM FIFireE

 Vice Chairman

Roy Bishop 2Past International President Roy Bishop has been a Director and Trustee of the Institution for six years. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Institution’s Publications Board. Roy has over thirty years’ experience as an Operational Fire Officer culminating in becoming London Fire Brigade’s (LFB)  longest serving Deputy Commissioner  (2000 -2009).  Roy’s responsibilities within the LFB included Operations, Statutory and Community Fire Safety, Operational Policy, Equalities and Diversity, Health and Safety and the day to day management of London’s six thousand firefighters.  Prior to his role as Deputy Commissioner, Roy was Head of Training for the LFB and was involved at a national level on the implementation of new training and development methodologies.  For the past few years Roy has been working as a consultant within the fire sector.  His projects have included Operations and Operational Policy, Training and Development, Business Continuity and advice on developing new or emerging fire services.

Roy joined the Institution over thirty years ago recognising the role it could play in his personal development. “The Institution is unique.  Where else could you find architects, builders, engineers, scientists and operational officers sitting down and talking about fire issues on a global scale?”

Roy believes the Institution continues to grow in importance and influence and is making a real difference to public and firefighter safety.  “As we reach our centenary the grim reading of fire deaths around the world reminds us that our work is not yet finished.”  Roy believes that Branches are the life blood of the Institution and, as Secretary to the London Branch, is working hard with others to ensure the London Branch plays its part.   

Mr Neil Gibbins QFSM NDipM FIFireE

Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary


Immediate Past President of the IFE, Neil was Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service until June 2013 and he was also the national lead for fire protection for the UK Chief Fire Officers Association from 2007 to 2013.

Prior to that Neil chaired the working group that prepared UK fire services to implement the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which lead to him working with UK Government and other key stakeholders through the "Regulators Excellence Forum".

He was founding chair of the cross sector Timber Frame Working Group, bringing together key partners to drive down the risk from fire in timber frame structures.

In the role of Project Director, Neil helped shape the first voluntary combination of UK fire services, creating the UK's largest non-metropolitan service, having over 2200 staff and 85 stations.

Mr Brian Davey MIFireE 

International President 2016-17

Brian Davey 2Brian joined the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) as a career fire-fighter in 1972. He has served in all operational positions including Chief Fire Officer and Area Commander and until his retirement was holding the position of National Manager, Operational Standards at the NZFS National Headquarters.

This position was responsible for operational policy, operational procedures and liaison with a number of Government Departments. Since his appointment to the NZFS National Headquarters, Brian has been a member of the National Safety and Wellbeing Committee, National Training Standards Committee and the Business Excellence Group. He has also been a member of and chaired a number of committees for Standards NZ.

He retired from the NZFS in 2012 and following his retirement was appointed as an expert witness for the London Coroner for the Lakanal House inquest in 2013.  He now lives on a small farm holding in North Otago, New Zealand.

Brian has served as a Branch Councillor on the New Zealand Branch through three terms, has had the role of Executive Director for the Branch and served as Branch President from 2007 until 2010. 

He is now serving a second term as Board Member and Trustee of the Institution.

Mr Richard Fowler MSc BEng (Hons) CFIFireE CMgr MCMI

IGA Representative


Richard graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BEng(Hons) in Fire Engineering in 2003, and from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge with an MSc in Fire Investigation in 2010. He is currently a Group Manager and the Head of the Business Safety Department in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

Richard serves on various committees and working groups with the Chief Fire Officer’s Association including the regional and national Business Safety Groups. He also represents CFOA on the national liaison committee for the Work Related Death Protocol, which is led by the HSE.

Richard has been a member of the IFE's International General Assembly (IGA) for 10 years now and has always played an active role.  He is the Branch Secretary of the South Eastern Branch of the IFE in the UK and is a past president of that branch. Richard has travelled widely and visited IFE branches across the UK and in many countries, including New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.  Richard now hopes to bring this experience to the Board of Directors and play a part in shaping the future direction of the Institution as it approaches its Centenary year.

Richard will work closely with the IGA in the future and ensure that they work with the Board. For the Board, Richard holds the Education portfolio and will work closely with HQ staff to develop opportunities.

Mr Peter Holland CBE QFSM FIFireE (Life)

Peter Holland

Peter has been an active member of the Institution for the last 38 years and believes that he is still as enthusiastic now as he has ever been about the IFE's work.  Peter believes the IFE is going from strength to strength in every part of the world where there are Branches, resulting in the profession being properly recognized in those countries.  IFE qualifications are greatly sought after and Peter will continue his efforts to support IFE growth and increasing the IFE's influence globally.  There are many challenges facing the world from fire and Peter believes the IFE is well placed to assist members and society to deal with these issues.  Peter has a huge amount of experience at all levels of the Institution which will assist him to continue to play a keen and active part in driving this great profession forward.  There are many opportunities despite the economic situation for the IFE to be placed in an even stronger position of influence amongst the fire policy makers globally.  There is already great work taking place and Peter views the role of the Board of Directors as a supporting one, facilitating our members to contribute positively.  Peter will do everything in his power to promote the Institution at every opportunity.


Mr Martin Shipp BSc (Physics) CEng CPhys MInstP FIFireE

International President Elect

Martin Shipp 1After graduating in 1970, Martin Shipp joined Hawker Siddeley Dynamics (now British Aerospace) as a thermal design engineer, primarily using computational heat balance models where he worked on a number of satellite projects and the SpaceLab Pallet.

Martin joined the Fire Research Station (part of the Building Research Establishment (BRE)) in 1974 and is Technical Development Director, Fire Safety in BRE Global. He currently has responsibility for fire investigation, fire safety management, fire risk assessment and projects related to all aspects of transport fire safety.

Martin manages the BRE fire investigation programme for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and has been closely involved with the investigations into Piper Alpha, Alexandra Palace, Windsor Castle and more recently, Atherstone on Stour, Penhallow Hotel, Newquay, and Lakanal, London, along with many others.


 Fire Chief William A. Stewart, (Ret.) CFO CMM  FIFireE


Bill Stewart served as the Fire Chief of the Toronto Fire Services from 2003 to 2012 at which time he retired from the service after serving 39 and a half years.  Prior to the amalgamation of the new City of Toronto in 1998 Chief Stewart served in the former City of North York Fire Department for 26 years.  He served as an operations fire fighter, Captain, Administration Chief, Assistant Deputy, and Deputy Chief and as the Fire Chief of Canada’s largest fire service. 

Bill is a graduate of the Ontario Fire College, Technology Diploma Programme, general and advanced levels, Executive Development Programme and the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College.  He is committed to life long learning and is a past Board member for Public Administration and Governance, Ryerson University. 

He joined the IFE to promote and encourage members of the Canadian Fire Service to seek professional designation credentials and believes that the IFE principles of education through continuing professional development programmes are essential to maintain the knowledge of the fire engineering practice.

 Mr Hao-giang Tay BSc (Hons) MSc FIFireE

IGA Representative

board-hg-tagHay-giang Tay is the President of the Malaysia Branch and a Past International President of the Institution.  He is the principle fire engineering consultant of Fire Safety Engineering Pty Ltd and also a graduate of Heriot Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. 

He has 34 years of experience in many areas of fire engineering and for many years he has been advising Malaysian Government agencies and private corporations in relation to fire engineering concepts and application. 

He is also an active participant in Malaysian standards development in fire safety and prevention.  Over the years, he has published many technical papers and has been invited to share his experience at international conferences and seminars. 

Being one of the pioneer members in setting up the IFE Malaysia Branch, Hao-giang’s objectives are to promote and encourage fire engineering concepts, at international level, by creating awareness of fire science and engineering within governmental, quasi-governmental and professional circles, whilst at the same time improving the practice of fire industries. 

He believes that the IFE is the best professional platform for achieving his goal of sharing experience for the benefit of members as well as communities globally.

Dr Peter Wilkinson BEng (Hons) MSc EngD CEng FIFireE PMSFPE SIRM

Dr Wilkinson flippedPeter is both a Chartered Fire Engineer and a Registered Fire Risk Assessor, with a passion for helping organisations understand and manage physical risks within the buildings they design, own, occupy, insure or regulate. 

He is the founder and Director of Pyrology Limited, an independent fire and risk engineering practice.  Prior to this, Peter was an Associate Director at the Fire Protection Association, and prior to that an Associate Director with a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. His earlier career was spent as a fire consultant within the healthcare sector and within the fire detection and alarm industry.

Peter holds an Engineering Doctorate where he investigated resilient fire engineering building design, has published numerous journal and conference papers, and authored guidance documents for the profession, including contributing to CIBSE Guide E. Peter represents the Institution on British Standards technical committee FSH/24 Fire Engineering, and led the Panel who developed the latest part of the fire engineering code PD7974-8.

Peter’s time is now spent conducting fire engineering projects, risk engineering surveys and fire risk assessments for a wide variety of clients, as well as helping to develop the fire engineering profession through BSI standards development work within the UK and Europe.

 Gary Daniels MPhil BSc (Hons) CEng MIFireE PMSFPE

IFERG Representative

Gary Daniels 

Having graduated from Leeds University with a BSc (Hons) in Fire Science, Gary has worked as a Fire Engineer for Hoare Lea Fire Engineering in Manchester for over 15 years, having previously worked for Bickerdike Allen Partners for a further 2 years. Over this time he also undertook a part time master of philosophy in Civil and Construction Engineering at Manchester University in the field of smoke ventilation in residential common corridors. He was accepted as a Chartered Engineer via the IFE in 2006.

Gary’s projects include a diverse portfolio from Grade II listed castles and landmark buildings to terminal buildings at three out of the four of the UK’s busiest airports (Heathrow, Manchester, Stanstead).

He has extensive experience on residential smoke ventilation systems and has been using this knowledge to contribute to all three revisions of the SCA Guide Smoke Control to Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings (Flats and Maisonettes) as well as the smoke control section of the new CIBSE Guide E, due out in 2017.

He was part of the committee for the 2015 edition 9 of BS 9991 and was actively involved in developing many of the changes to the document. He has also been commenting on and producing information for the proposed revision of BS 9999 on behalf of the committee.

He regularly presents professional development seminars to designers, contractors, approving authorities and end users, including for the BSI and FIREX.

He represents the IFE on the Professional Development Steering Group of the Engineering Council as part of the correspondence group and is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers Registrants Group Membership Committee (since 2015)

He is currently President of the UK Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and was responsible for the set-up of the society in the UK in 2014 after a long hiatus.

Duties of Trustees

Duties of Trustees Policy May 2014