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Ken Bullock appointed technical schemes and assurance manager at BAFE

09 October 2023

THE BAFE Fire Safety Register has appointed Ken Bullock in the role of technical schemes and assurance manager. Bullock, of course, is a very well-known and respected individual within the fire safety industry and boasts over 35 years of experience in the sector, during which time he has been involved in bringing new technologies to the fore.

Bullock’s fire industry journey began with a focus on wireless fire detection and alarm technology in the days when BS 5839-1 only stretched to a single paragraph. Working with the Fire Industry Association and the Building Research Establishment, Bullock was heavily involved in the growth of this technology from a standards perspective, including being a leader in the writing of EN54 Part 25 and becoming the UK’s principal expert on the CEN Working Group.

As wireless technology gradually became part of the everyday fire systems landscape, Bullock’s engagement with industry stakeholders realised involvement with all of the fire detection standards.

Prior to joining BAFE, Bullock’s most recent role was business development manager for evacuation alert systems at Advanced.

Bullock is a prominent thought leader within the industry when it comes to BS 8629, working with stakeholders on a continual basis in a bid to improve the British Standard and market an understanding of its contents and application.

Driving competency

Commenting on his new appointment, Bullock informed Fire Safety Matters: “I’m excited and privileged to join BAFE, which is one of the industry’s leading campaigners in delivering a safer future for the UK. Using my knowledge and industry experience, I can help to drive competency in the fire industry to new levels. I will be looking to strengthen relationships with the stakeholders involved in BAFE’s current work focused on updating and developing the BAFE Schemes to support relevant standards and foster new technologies.”

Further, Bullock noted: “I’ve always been a supporter of the benefits of UKAS accredited third party certification for demonstrating competency. On that basis, I’m delighted to align my own core values with those of BAFE.”

Development of BAFE Schemes

Justin Maltby-Smith, Group managing director of BAFE, explained: “We’re delighted that Ken has joined us. His significant industry experience and technical knowledge undoubtedly strengthens the BAFE team. There’s a growing demand for objective evidence of competency and we are extremely aware of this. Ken will now lead on the ongoing development of existing and new BAFE Schemes.”

Maltby-Smith concluded: “With the fire safety responsibilities under Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 having come into effect on 1 October, this is yet another reminder for ‘Responsible Persons’ that they need to ensure they’re meeting their fire safety obligations using appropriate fire safety organisations where required. We will continue to promote the value of UKAS accredited third party certification and develop BAFE Schemes such that they continue to be the best available representation of competence.”

*Further information is available online at www.bafe.org.uk