I joined BuroHappold in January 2013 as an Associate Director, based in Dubai. My responsibilities include Fire Engineering delivery in the Middle East as part of the global BuroHappold Fire Engineering offering and work closely with regional Country Directors. Within the Middle East the Fire Engineering Team provide support to all the other disciplines and offices within the region.
The fire team work in the Middle East as a single discipline or as part of a larger BH multi-disciplinary offering. My Fire & Rescue Service and Rail Industry background has given me an extensive knowledge of building construction techniques across multiple sectors. This experience helps considerably in discussions with other BH Core and Specialist disciplines.
I have worked extensively on building approvals including working as a Local Authority Consultation Officer whilst serving in the Fire Service.
I have also been responsible for licensing and approving schemes for hospitals, residential care and nursing homes, hotels, independent boarding schools, places of public entertainment, sports stadia and major rail stations. I have been involved in building fire risk assessments and been a lead officer on several prosecutions for offences under UK fire regulations.
I am actively involved in the fire safety community and currently hold the position of Branch President for the GCC UAE Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and have previously held the position of treasurer for the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA) and the International Transit Hubs Fire Protection Association (IAFPA).
Asia, India and Middle East