IFE News

02 December 2020

IFE appoints a new Technical Director

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Peter Wilkinson CEng FIFireE CSci MIScT, as the new Technical Director.

Peter will assume responsibility for developing the IFE’s position on wider issues within the sector, as well as informing members of the Institution’s involvement in the various working groups and industry forums, and the subsequent knowledge and guidance that will result from these. His remit will involve working closely with similar organisations and institutions worldwide, whilst also acting as liaison for global professional registration. Peter will support the existing IFE Technical Strategic Advisory Group (TSAG) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to develop the Institution’s involvement and views on contemporary issues in the sector, as well as working closely with IFE headquarters staff to ensure the improvement of technical resources for members.

A member of the IFE, Peter has been heavily involved with the Institution over a number of years, and currently sits on the Board of Directors. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and a Registered Fire Risk Assessor, bringing with him a wealth of experience to the role of Technical Director. Peter holds an Engineering Doctorate where he investigated resilient fire engineering building design. He chairs the British Standards Technical Committee FSH/24, developing and codifying fire safety engineering practices.

Roy Bishop, IFE Chief Executive, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Peter to the team. The role of Technical Director is a new way of working for the Institution, which will provide structured international thought leadership as we become more heavily involved in sector-wide projects and move the Institution forward.

“This appointment comes after listening to our members and volunteers who have taken part in the reviews within our strategic plan, entitled the Programme for Change. Peter‘s appointment will allow us to more fully represent the members’ views and work towards being able to assist them in understanding the Institution’s policy positions in a range of technical areas.”

Commenting on his new role, Peter added: “I’m looking forward to representing the IFE membership globally and developing the Institution’s position. It is a role that is focused very much on external factors within the sector, from which knowledge and guidance can then be shared with our members.

“I will be working closely with individuals who represent the IFE around the world on forums and industry groups, and I look forward to understanding their work in greater detail. Do please feel free to get in touch with me to discuss this in more detail.”

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Peter Stephenson   03/12/2020 at 07:50

Great to see Peter appointed in this role and looking forward to working with him and supporting the IFE initiatives on the global platform.

Vijay Jagannath Gosavi   05/12/2020 at 17:43

Congratulations sir

John Woodcock   10/12/2020 at 17:16

Congratulations to both Peter and the IFE. There has never been a better time for the Institution to appoint a Technical Director and Peter is an excellent choice. He is very well qualified with experience across the range of fire engineering. He will have great credibility with the audiences that the Institution wishes to access and will raise the technical profile, not just from a Fire and Rescue services perspective

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