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October 30, 2023


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The IFE welcomes Hayley Burgess as first female International President

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has appointed its first female International President (IP), Hayley Burgess, in its 105-year history.

HayleyBurgess-IFE-23The IFE says Hayley’s appointment is not only a testament to Hayley’s exceptional leadership, but also representative of its dedication to equity and diversity.

Hayley brings a wealth of expertise to her new role, spending the last decade working as a Principal Fire Safety Consultant in the private consultancy sector. Specialising in social care environments, Hayley navigates clients through rigorous fire safety standards and contributes to fire strategy designs across the built environment.

Hayley’s installation as International President took place during the IFE’s 100th AGM on Tuesday 17 October 2023. The transition of leadership was facilitated by former International President, Dr Peter Wilkinson.

A recording of the AGM will soon be  made available for IFE members to watch via MyIFE.

Commenting on becoming IP, Hayley said: “I am both honoured and humbled to have been elected as International President of the IFE, and being the first female to do so is just incredible.

“To represent the IFE in an international capacity and to work with more of our outstanding volunteers is something I’m really looking forward to.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Peter Wilkinson, my predecessor, for his remarkable contributions. I look forward to stepping into his shoes.”

The IFE says it extends its heartfelt congratulations to Hayley on her appointment as International President and looks forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly bring.


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