Institution of Fire Engineers appoints new Chair and trustee director 

29/03/2024
Paul Stollard appointment press image

GLOBAL professional body, the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), has announced the appointment of
their new Chair and Trustee Director, Dr. Paul Stollard who has led and gained extensive experience over the course of four decades in the fields of both architecture and fire engineering.


Having dedicated his career to advocating fire safety standards and procedures, Paul has been
instrumental in overhauling Scottish Building Standards and served as the agency’s initial Chief
Executive. In 2006, he was awarded the Peter Stone Award as recognition of his dedication to the
building sector. As Paul’s responsibilities will extend globally, he eagerly anticipates leveraging his
skill set to effect international change for our members.


Paul’s career in fire safety began over 40 years ago when he first completed the IFE’s membership
exam whilst conducting research at Edinburgh University. Originally training as an architect, Paul
later specialised in Fire Safety Engineering, acquiring several qualifications including a PhD focused
on ‘the integration of fire safety into the process of architectural design’.


Commenting on his new post, Paul said: “I really am thrilled to be joining the IFE in the capacity of
both Chair and Trustee Director; with a background in design and fire engineering, I’m eager to
collaborate with members and industry stakeholders across the globe to drive positive change
within the fire safety space.”


Outside of the office, Paul has actively engaged with various aspects of fire safety and community
service, he spent four years as a Regional Director with the Health and Safety Executive and chaired
the expert review panel into Scottish building fire safety standards following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Paul currently serves on the Board of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and is providing fire
engineering consultancy related to Grenfell Tower.


Commenting on Paul’s appointment, CEO of the IFE, Steve Hamm, added: “As we welcome Paul to the
IFE, his extensive expertise, together with his passion to the profession and communities make him
an excellent addition to the IFE and the wider sector. This is huge year for the institution and Paul will
play a key role in bringing many underlying projects to fruition”.


Paul will officially begin his three-year tenure from Monday 1st April, and the IFE looks forward to
welcoming Paul to the IFE and to him bringing a new dimension of skills to the Board.

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