Fire Sector Federation appoints John Spencer as Chair

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The Fire Sector Federation has announced that John Spencer is its new Chair, taking over from Michael Harper. Spencer, who has been Vice Chair since joining the Board in May this year, assumes responsibility as part of a planned succession process with Michael Harper, who will remain on the Board until the Federation’s next AGM in May 2023.

Commenting on his appointment, John Spencer said: “I am delighted and honoured to be Chair of the Fire Sector Federation and look forward to working with the Board and all our members as we drive forward fire safety and continue to shape future policy and strategy for UK Fire.

“While we are now seeing significant new legislation and policy change appearing in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, there is no room for complacency and much work remains to be done to address the policy and practice gaps that remain across fragmented sectors.  Our focus continues on bringing together and improving the knowledge, skills and experience available within the sector.”

Spencer has considerable experience in senior leadership roles spanning the fire and property sectors. He served Managing Director of Chubb Fire and Security for 11years and served as CEO with a several major property companies including MWB, Regus UK, Landmark and BizSpace.

Michael Harper, Chair of the Federation for the last four years, commented: “I have much appreciated the contribution and support of members to aid the development of the Federation, which has now become established as a strong and influential voice for the fire sector. I am very grateful to the Board for their support and particularly to Dennis Davis and his small team for their tireless work on our behalf. My very best wishes go to John, the Executive Board and all our members as the Federation continues to press ahead and face the challenges ahead.”

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