Safe for Life


Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker


Nick Ross

TV broadcaster & presenter


An international conference chairman and was for more than thirty years one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters. Although he still contributes to radio and TV journalism he is now heavily committed to charities and campaigns. Nick Ross is an international conference chairman and was for more than thirty years one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters. Although he still contributes to radio and TV journalism he is now heavily committed to charities and campaigns.


Nick’s special interests and expertise include; crime prevention and security, health and bioethics, science, fire prevention, road safety, environment, broadcasting.

Speakers A-Z


Steve Bingham

Commercial Manager at BRE Academy


Experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the performing arts industry. Skilled in sustainable business, biomass, environmental awareness, heating, and electricity markets. Strong education professional with a Higher National ​Certificate focused in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry Technical college.

Alan Brinson

Executive Director of the European Fire Sprinkler Network


On graduating from Cambridge University Bob joined Shell as a research process engineer, moving to Proctor & Gamble before joining Tyco in 1992. With Tyco he held a series of European fire protection business and product management roles, culminating in responsibility for the European sprinkler components business. In 2003 Alan left Tyco and set up the EFSN. For the past 15 years he has led and participated in successful sprinkler campaigns in many European countries, working with EFSN members, fire chiefs and officials to ensure that new buildings are fitted with sprinklers. Alan is an active participant in research to analyse the economic and environmental benefits of sprinklers to society. He is also a member of fire safety standards and regulatory committees for BSI, CEN and NFPA. He is a chartered chemical engineer.

Nick Coleshill

Watch Manager, London Fire Brigade


Nick joined the London Fire Brigade (LFB) in 1990 commencing his career as an operational Fire-fighter working in South London. After 17 years operational service he was promoted into fire safety as Watch Manager (Inspecting Officer) in the South West Area Fire Safety Team.


This role involved providing practical advice and assistance ensuring that owners and occupiers of buildings comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Nicholas is now part of the Business Support Group as the Sprinkler Coordinator for the LFB promoting a better understanding of the benefits of sprinklers in accordance with LFB’s Automatic Fire Suppression System position statement.

Rod Green

Senior Public Health Engineer, The Environmental Protection Group


A Public Health Engineer with 40 years’ experience in the construction sector; specialising in internal and external drainage and water supply design and installation for a wide variety and scale of projects; both in the UK and internationally. Engaged in water management, water conservation and sustainability through work with The Environmental Protection Group and with CIRIA. Presently regional co-ordinator for SoPHE Midlands working on Public Health design and applications including water management, water quality and distribution.


On a personal level, Rod is very interested in improving environmental and social justice related to local, national and global water issues and challenges impacting on our planet today.

Lionel Hives

Owner, MEP QS Ltd


Lionel has wide industry experience in building engineering services from cost through programme management via both construction and consultant backgrounds. Fire safety has been integral to many high profile builds with which he has been involved across all industry sectors. Alumni of the revered NTU programme, he has most recently written cost-benefit trade research articles on behalf of Project Fire to demonstrate the value of their product range.

Mark Kelly

Business Coach, Presenter and Trainer


An acclaimed speaker, coach and trainer who has a 16-year track record in presenting to over 1000 organisations. His highly energetic and entertaining style has earned him the reputation of being one of the UK’s leading “edutainers”. Mark delivers a wide range of presentations covering strategy, sales, marketing, finance, operations, leadership and management development.


Mark was Programme Leader of Cranfield School of Management’s Business Growth Programme. Helping to develop over 1000 business leaders and their organisations. He is also a  qualified accountant, Graduate Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MBA from Cranfield University’s School of Management.

Naomi Kelsall

Architect, Co-owner Kelsall Architects


Naomi works as an Architect in Manchester. She and her husband began Kelsall Architects in 2016 and together they run a creative practice using architecture as an agent for positive change in the North West. They passionately believe that to make good architecture, people come first, not just in design but also in collaborations and partnerships. Their goal is to help make low energy buildings mainstream, thinking about full life-cycle costs, natural resources, maintenance and future adaptability.

Stewart Kidd

International Loss Consultant and Special Projects Adviser to BAFSA


Stewart Kidd has worked in security and fire protection since 1974. He now combines consultancy with expert witness assignments. 


His primary interest is in the application of modern techniques for the protection of cultural resource buildings particularly involving adaptive reconstruction and changes of use. He is the author of eight books including the Scottish ACOP on heritage fire safety.


He was the director of the Fire Protection Association from 1989 - 1997 and is a former Governor of the Institute of Risk Management. He is a Vice President of both the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and the Security Institute and was elected a Chartered Security Professional in 2012. He was Secretary General of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association from 2000 – 2015 and continues to be a Special Projects Adviser to BAFSA. 

Stefan Kratzmeir

Head of Installers FFS International - Business Development Fire Protection, VdS


Stefan Kratzmeir is a examined engineer in safety and fire protection engineering. For ten years he was working in the field of development of water mist systems and full scale fire testing. 2012 he joined VdS as head of the product management fire protection. Since 3 years, he is responsible for the approval of contractors for fire-fighting systems as well as the business development for fire protection.

Terry McDermott

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, National Fire Sprinkler Network Chair


Terry McDermott joined Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in April 2014. In September 2015 he was promoted to his current role as Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive.


Terry is the current Chair of The National Fire Sprinkler Network which comprises of representatives from every Fire & Rescue Service operating within the United Kingdom and its members are actively committed to effectively working with both internal and external key influencers to introduce standards and legislation that will safeguard people and the community from the threat of fire.

Hanna Nauckhoff

Head of Sprinkler Operations at Bengt Dahlgren Fire & Risk Stockholm


Hanna Nauckhoff is currently a partner and Head of Sprinkler Operations at Bengt Dahlgren Fire & Risk Stockholm, Sweden. As well as being the head of department, a large part of Hanna´s work consists of sprinkler engineering design work, mainly for larger and more complex projects for new and pre-existing buildings. A member of the Board of Directors for the Swedish Sprinkler Association, she pro-actively engages with cross-sector industries to improve sprinkler system regulations for the long term in Sweden. Hanna is also involved in running educational programs, bringing continued awareness to the sprinkler cause, especially the positive benefits of sprinkler installations.

Thomas Roche

Senior Consultant at FM Global


Tom Roche is a Senior Consultant within the International Codes and Standards Group for FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. Based in Windsor, Tom works to share FM Global’s knowledge and expertise to influence building codes and loss prevention standards.


Tom served in a variety of engineering and engineering management roles across the UK. He has travelled extensively to support clients across the world to establish loss prevention policies and implement risk strategies all aimed at improving the resilience of their businesses to property risks.

Benny Wallén

Sales Director at Ahsell Sprinkler, Chairman of the Swedish Sprinkler Association


Wallen’s main area is within technical sales and support for the Swedish fire protection market and specialises in Swedish construction codes. His background is in both HVAC and sprinkler design where he has many years of experience as a project manager for major HVAC and sprinkler projects in the Nordic regions. He is also chairman of the Swedish Sprinkler Association, Sprinklerfrämjandet.

Bob Ward

Founder and CEO of FCS-Live Ltd. FIA Fire Risk Assessors Council


A former Fireman from the Air Force Department Fire Service and Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service. He has been in the fire industry for 28 years, in this time he has developed a live interactive web-based Fire Risk Assessment System that was used by LOCOG for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


He heads up a Company that has over 60 Competent Fire Risk Assessors and is also third-party accredited with BAFE SP205. He also has invented, patented and tested at BRE the Lumi-Plugin system a dynamic LED lighting concept that can host (Concealed Sprinkler Heads, Smoke and Heat Detectors, Emergency Light Power Packs and PIR Sensors).

Richard Welch

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, London Fire Brigade


Experienced Commander with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, First Aid, Public Safety, and Emergency Management. Strong military and protective services professional.

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