Fire safety influencers 2018

Fire-safety judging panel confirmed for ‘Top influencers in security and fire 2018’ – submit your nominations now

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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
February 22, 2018

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IFSEC Global has confirmed the judging panel for its ‘Top influencers in security and fire 2018’.

Below you can see who’s been recruited onto the four-person fire safety panel.


As with last year, nominations only count if accompanied by a reason for the nomination. There is a word limit of roughly 400 words. The three most persuasive nominations will each win a £100 Amazon voucher. Our panel of judges, barred from featuring in the list themselves, will then draw up final rankings based on the nominations and their own judgement.

You can network with some of the influencers during a meet-and-greet session during IFSEC International, 19-21 June 2018, ExCeL London – details to be confirmed.

Lead judge Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, has appointed the judging panel and will coordinate the nominations and judging process.

Lecky, who himself featured in IFSEC Global’s list of top influencers in 2014 and 2017, said upon his appointment as lead judge: “I want to thank IFSEC for this great honour and privilege of serving in this capacity. Having won my share of awards and accolades – including having been named to the IFSEC Global Most Influential list on more than one occasion – I think now is the perfect time to ‘send the elevator back down’, so to speak, and help highlight those across the UK and the rest of world who are making a difference in the security and fire domains.”

Check out the full, 30-personal judging panel for all fire and security categories. Here are the top 10 influencers in last year’s fire safety category.

Judging panel 2018: Fire safety category

Ian Moore, CEO, Fire Industry Association (FIA)


LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Fire safety


Ian Moore became CEO of the Fire Industry Association in September 2015 having led a number of major companies operating in the fire and security industries. Most recently he was MD of Elmdene International between 2010 and 2015, before which he was vice president of Bulwark Ltd since 2003. Moore, who has lived in Oman, Taiwan and UAE, has been an influential figure sitting on various fire and security committees and been chair of the BSIA Export Council and BSIA Operating Board.

On his LinkedIn profile he describes the FIA’s “main objective” as being “to promote the professional standards of the fire industry through close liaison and lobbying with Government and official bodies as well other key organisations in the industry. We aim to inform our members and the general market about the latest legislation and how it can affect their business.

“We are the UK’s largest trade association for the fire protection industry and focus on providing technical knowledge and advice regarding fire safety in the UK. We also provide training courses to members and non-members alike on all the latest technical and legislative topics to affect those working with fire safety. One important aspect of our work is to communicate and promote best practice and other useful information out into the public domain.”

Moore is also chair of the board of trustees at The Joe Glover Trust, a children’s cancer charity.

Dr Robert Docherty, MD, Flame Risk Solutions


Judging categories:

Fire safety


Dr Bob Docherty made it to number two in last year’s list of influencers, beaten only by Colin Todd, MD of CS Todd and Associates. A career firefighter for 33 years, he retired from Strathclyde Fire Brigade in 2001.

He is now managing director for Flame Risk Solutions, which provides fire safety and fire safety engineering, fire safety risk assessments, regulation and litigation issues relating to fire and fire safety, interpretation of fire law and regulations, negotiation with local authorities and fire services, fire investigation, fire and fire safety training (practical and management based), fire safety, emergency and recovery planning, post-fire surveys and audits, building surveying including passive fire protection measures, personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for disabled people including management emergency plans and evacuation strategies for disabled people, and training for PEEPs for professionals.

One of last year’s judges scored Docherty highly for “driving the IFSM forward and onto a very professional footing. Some 800-plus fire safety professionals (members) owe him for his influence, drive and commitment to professional standards in the fire sector. Amazing work rate for the IFSM which include collating and commenting on national standards and guidance.”

Martin Harvey, Tyco International


LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Fire safety


Influential in the fire and security industries for more than four decades, Martin Harvey began his career in engineering at the AFA Minerva R&D department, where he helped to develop security and fire detection control equipment and detectors.

Thereafter he moved into an operations role, designing fire and gas detection systems for marine and offshore environments. He then project-managed the development and introduction of the Minerva analogue addressable fire detection system for Thorn security.

In 2006 Martin returned to London to head up Tyco’s fire detection business in Europe, and he’s now head of European regulatory affairs at Tyco International.

In recent years he has been heavily involved in developing codes and standards and is a committee member for a number of BSI and CENLEC security standards.

Harvey is also chair of the Fire Industry Association and also chairs the Services Section of Euralarm and the Security systems section of BSIA ( British Security Industry Association).

Pauline Norstrum, MD, NetVu Ltd


LinkedIn profile

Judging categories:

Fire safety, tech developers, installers, security management


Pauline Norstrom is MD of NetVu Ltd and president of its sister company, Dedicated Micros Inc. One of NetVu’s brands, FireVu, provides early fire detection for high value assets. Video-based smoke detection, this technology detects, identifies and analyses smokeas soon as fire breaks out.

Users, whether located on site or remotely, can then raise the alert and take appropriate action early.

FireVu is currently used on more than 200 sites globally, including power generation, manufacturing industries, tunnels, aircraft hangars and many other sectors where time is of the essence when responding to fire.

Lead judge: Grant Lecky

Grant, an Expert Network Member (Risk & Resilience) at the World Economic Forum, won no fewer than five prestigious accolades last year alone, including a spot on the Canadian Who’s Who and an Outstanding Achievement in Global Cybersecurity (OAGCS) Award from the Ontario College of Management and Technology.

As well being named the 10th most influential professional in the security management category in IFSEC Global’s 2017 rankings (and 12th overall in 2014), Grant was included in Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security in 2012.

View Grant’s LinkedIn profile to find out about his other accolades and accomplishments.


Categories of influencers

  • Commercial security – manufacturers/vendors
  • Commercial security – end users (ie heads of security, directors of security, etc)
  • Commercial security – association figures, academics, thought leaders
  • Commercial security – Security executives
  • Fire – manufacturers
  • Fire – industry professionals or thought leaders, eg risk assessors, consultants etc
  • Cybersecurity professionals and thought leaders
  • Installers – fire and security

How do we define influential?

This could be anyone:

  • Who has played a key role in driving technological innovation
  • Who has been a driving force in changing regulation, standards/guidance or best practice
  • Someone whose insights/opinions are widely respected and which are influential in shaping debate around industry issues
  • Someone who has been instrumental in the success of the organisation or business they lead or are employed by
  • Someone who has helped to raise the industry’s profile or been an influential voice in the national media

Installers (fire and security)

The criteria for installers is slightly different, being an individual – not a company – who has done some or all of the following:

  • Consistently provided exceptional customer service
  • Delivered a particular project, or many projects, to exceptionally high standards
  • Been an innovator (eg, cutting average installation times/costs through adoption of new tech or change of process)
  • Played a pivotal role in the success of their company (whether that is growing revenues, market share or reputation for excellence)
  • Played a pivotal role in their company’s diversification into new markets (eg IP, home automation, fire, etc)

The results will be announced in the IFSEC Security Briefing (which you can register for here) during May 2018.

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