Board of Directors

David Cicurel

Brad Ormsby

Mark Lavelle

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Sarah Hicks

Sales Executive

After-Sales Support

Gary White

Test & After-Sales Manager

Alex Watson

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Tony Hilton

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Tom Burch

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Colin Hughes

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

John Paine

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Clint Pereira

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Richard Wood

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Biniam Abraha

Test, Service & Installation Engineer

Design / Mechanical and Electronics

Jim McPherson

Engineering Manager

Huseyin Koklu

Mechanical Design Engineer

Fortune William

Junior Mechanical Design Engineer

Edward Ing

Systems Engineer

Andrew Heeley

Senior Electronics Engineer

Lee Innes

Design Drafts Person

Software Development

Paul Gruet

Senior Software Engineer

Owen Turvey

Junior Software Engineer

Operations

Ms Fears

Supply Chain Manager

Sam Hiley

Manufacturing Engineer

Lance Egleton

Manufacturing Engineer

Hayley Campbell

Purchasing Assistant

Peter Bryan

Stores Team Leader

Dave Watkins

Stores supervisor

Matt Illman

Storeman

Production

Gary Richardson

Production Manager

John Wells

Metal Engineering General Manager, Director

Stuart Riddle

Metal Engineering Production Manager

Jeremy Coake

Production Engineer

Andrew Stone

Production Engineer

Clive Digby

Production Engineer

William Scothermer-Clay

Production Engineer

Silvia Beirao

Production Engineer

Alison Scripps-Betts

Production Engineer

Clive Thompson

Production Engineer

Steve Pontrenoli

Production Engineer

Nick Crockett

Production Engineer

Ray Edwards

Production Engineer

Wayne Goss

Production Engineer

Aaron Wills

Production Engineer

Terry Wood

Production Engineer

Tony Fish

Production Engineer

Shane Wicks

Production Engineer

Ian Wood

Production Engineer

Commercial and Export

Sue Rose

Export Sales Administrator

Lucy Brennan

Sales / Export Administrator

Finance and Administration

Clare Peake

Finance Manager, HR & Administration

Lilla Szabo

Purchase Ledger Clerk

Nicola Bartlett

Administrative Assistant

Fire Testing Technology

Unit 19, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead,
West Sussex, RH19 2HL, UK

Tel.: +44.(0)1342.323600
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