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Board of Directors

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David Cicurel

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Brad Ormsby

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Mark Lavelle

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Dr. Sean Gregory

Managing Director

Sean Gregory has a degree in Chemistry and Energy Studies, a Ph.D in Fire Safety Science as well as an MBA.

On completion of his Ph.D in 1998, he joined FTT, becoming Sales Director in June 2005 and Managing Director in January 2009. His Ph.D focused on fire calorimeter instrumentation and modelling which is the core technology upon which much of FTT’s business is based. He has continued instrument design and applied research studies in this area since joining FTT, much of which has been done collaboratively with industry groups and leading European fire research institutes and works extensively in National, European and International standardisation committees dealing with fire safety.

Sean is also Managing Director of Aitchee Engineering, Sircal Instruments and Armfield Engineering.

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Stephen Grayson

Co-Founder & Director

Stephen Grayson, Chemist with over 40 years’ experience in fire research, co-founded FTT in 1989. Outside of his involvement with FTT, Stephen has set up and managed academic and contract fire research and testing laboratories, published several Books, is the Editor in Chief of the International “Fire and Materials Journal” , published by John Wiley and he Chairs the international Interflam and Fire and Materials conferences.

Together with the inventor of the Cone Calorimeter; Vyto Babrauskas, he developed the Cone Calorimeter usage and several standards in Europe. In 1992 he and Vyto published the textbook “Heat Release in Fires” which reviewed all methods of measuring heat release and using it for predictive modelling. Stephen developed and managed the European Commission (EC) Fire Performance of Electric Cables (FIPEC) project, which formed the scientific foundation for the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) classification testing of electric cables.

Since 1980, Stephen has been a strong contributor to National, European and International standardisation committees dealing with fire safety and has lead the ISO committees dealing with the cone calorimeter for about 20 years.

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Sandra Pasantes

Sales Director

Sandra Pasantes has a Bachelor of Science Degree. She joined FTT in 2007 and was appointed as Sales Director in 2015.

She is currently working towards a Ph.D in Fire Science, specifically around the development of a large cone calorimeter and modelling to large scale tests.

Sandra is a member in a number of National, European and International standardisation committees dealing with fire safety and is the UK Expert for the ISO/TC92/SC1/WG11 committee.

Sandra is also Sales Director for Sircal Instruments.

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Matthew Backshall

Operations Director

Matthew Backshall has a degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Materials Characterisation.

A Chartered Physicist, Matthew has extensive experience in scientific instrumentation, having worked in a range of businesses, including; vacuum science, spectroscopy and medical devices. He has over 25 years’ experience in the industry with over 15 years experience in leading operations teams.

He joined FTT as Operations Director in 2018, having previously held Operations Director roles at two other businesses within the Judges Scientific PLC group.

Matthew is also Operations Director for Sircal Instruments.

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Andrew Green

Chief Technical Officer

Andrew Green has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He joined FTT in 1994 and was appointed as Chief Technical Officer in 2018.

Between 1997 and 2000 Andrew was involved in the research of the European Commission (EC) Fire Performance of Electric Cables (FIPEC) project, which formed the scientific foundation for the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) classification testing of electric cables. The successful conclusion and publication of this project resulted in Andrew co-authoring the FIPEC report.

Andrew has developed all FTT‘s instrument software, he has worked closely with FTT‘s Engineering Team in the design and development of all instrumentation and is also actively involved in National, European and International standardisation committees dealing with fire safety.

Sales and Marketing

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Sarah Hicks

Sales Executive

After-Sales Support

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Gary White

Test & After-Sales Manager

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Alex Watson

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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Tony Hilton

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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Tom Burch

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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Colin Hughes

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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John Paine

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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Clint Pereira

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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Richard Wood

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

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Biniam Abraha

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Design / Mechanical and Electronics

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Jim McPherson

Engineering Manager

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Huseyin Koklu

Mechanical Design Engineer

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Fortune William

Junior Mechanical Design Engineer

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Edward Ing

Systems Engineer

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Andrew Heeley

Senior Electronics Engineer

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Lee Innes

Design Drafts Person

Software Development

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Paul Gruet

Senior Software Engineer

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Owen Turvey

Junior Software Engineer

Operations

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Ms Fears

Supply Chain Manager

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Sam Hiley

Manufacturing Engineer

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Lance Egleton

Manufacturing Engineer

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Hayley Campbell

Purchasing Assistant

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Peter Bryan

Stores Team Leader

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Dave Watkins

Stores supervisor

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Matt Illman

Storeman

Production

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Gary Richardson

Production Manager

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John Wells

Metal Engineering General Manager, Director

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Stuart Riddle

Metal Engineering Production Manager

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Jeremy Coake

Production Engineer

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Andrew Stone

Production Engineer

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Clive Digby

Production Engineer

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William Scothermer-Clay

Production Engineer

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Silvia Beirao

Production Engineer

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Alison Scripps-Betts

Production Engineer

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Clive Thompson

Production Engineer

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Steve Pontrenoli

Production Engineer

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Production Engineer

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Production Engineer

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Production Engineer

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Aaron Wills

Production Engineer

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Terry Wood

Production Engineer

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Production Engineer

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Production Engineer

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Production Engineer

Commercial and Export

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Sue Rose

Export Sales Administrator

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Lucy Brennan

Sales / Export Administrator

Finance and Administration

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Clare Peake

Finance Manager, HR & Administration

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Lilla Szabo

Purchase Ledger Clerk

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Nicola Bartlett

Administrative Assistant

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