Fire protection solutions company, Advanced has appointed Amanda Hope to drive its growth strategy in key sectors. Over the past 20 years, Amanda has helped implement Advanced’s fire protection solutions at some of the UK’s most prestigious and high-profile sites, including the London Underground, the Natural History Museum, and the Shard. In her new role as UK Fire Business Development Manager, Amanda will focus on driving the business’s growth strategy in a number of priority sectors by increasing the specification of Advanced’s fire panel solutions as well as its cloud-connected product offering, AdvancedLive. life safety systems Amanda Hope, UK Fire Business Development Manager, said: “Having been responsible for managing customer accounts and growing business in the South East of England over the past two decades, it’s clear to me that our customers have a great appreciation for the Advanced brand, and trust our products’ abilities to deliver versatile, high-performance and dependable fire protection.” “Advanced has a tremendous track record in producing some of the most innovative and highest quality solutions on the market thanks to our industry-leading R&D and UK manufacturing teams. As I move into my new role, I look forward to introducing new customers to our range of fire and life safety systems, as well as working with new and existing partners to grow and develop our range of cloud-connected solutions, set to transform the way users manage and maintain their fire systems.” remote management offering AdvancedLive is the fire system manufacturer’s cloud-based remote management offering that will provide fire system users much more convenient real-time access to and control of their fire protection, wherever they happen to be, saving time, money and offering greater convenience. Amanda’s technical expertise and in-depth understanding of our customers’ challenges" Gary Craig, Sales and Marketing Director at Advanced, said: “In her 20-year career at Advanced, Amanda’s technical expertise and in-depth understanding of our customers’ challenges has won the business some of its most high-profile projects. As UK Fire Business Development Manager, Amanda will bring her wide-ranging experience to increasing the specification of our products across sectors where we have existing strengths, as well as in new areas where our products can improve levels of fire protection for people and property.” intelligent fire systems Advanced, owned by FTSE 100 company Halma PLC, protects a wide range of prestigious and high-profile sites across the globe - from London’s Shard and 22 Bishopsgate to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. Halma is a global group of life-saving technology companies with a clear purpose to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day. Advanced is a renowned brand in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Advanced’s reputation for performance, quality, and ease of use see its products specified in locations around the world, from single-panel installations to large, multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging, false alarm management, and reduction solutions as well as emergency lighting.
Fire and life safety systems manufacturer, Advanced has announced the appointment of a dedicated business development manager responsible for the launch and growth of EvacGo, Advanced’s new BS 8629-compliant evacuation alert system. EvacGo, Evacuation Alert System Ken Bullock, who joined Advanced as Regional Sales Manager for South East England, four years ago, brings over 35 years of fire industry experience to his new role as Business Development Manager – EvacGo, Evacuation Alert Systems. Ken has been instrumental in the development of the EvacGo solution and ensuring that it will make life easy for anyone who needs to meet the BS 8629 Code of Practice recommendation, applicable to buildings over 18 meters in height and containing flats. Enhancing fire safety in high-rises I’ve been heavily involved in developing our evacuation alert system and am passionate about the ability of this product" Ken Bullock, Business Development Manager – Emergency Evacuation Systems, said “I’ve been heavily involved in developing our evacuation alert system and am passionate about the ability of this product to help improve fire safety for residents in high-rise buildings. It therefore seemed natural for me to focus on educating the market about the importance of following BS 8629 recommendations and to raise awareness of our evacuation alert solution, EvacGo.” Ken adds, “In developing our system, we’ve worked with renowned fire industry experts to ensure it delivers maximum performance, quality and ease of use. I now look forward to developing these relationships still further as we all strive to build a safer future.” Built using MxPro 5 fire panel components The EvacGo panel is built using Advanced’s industry-renowned MxPro 5 fire panel components, providing the added assurance for installers and building owners that their sites will be protected with robust and proven technology that’s been rigorously tested to EN 54 parts 2 and 4 as recommended in BS 8629. To ensure every aspect of the BS 8629 Code of Practice was followed, the panel is housed in a tamper-proof STS 205 class BR2 security-rated enclosure, made by renowned manufacturer, Gerda with a patented BS EN 1303-compliant lock and key mechanism for exclusive access by the fire and rescue service. BS 8629:2019 Code of Practice compliant BS 8629:2019 is the new Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in England. In place since November 2019, this code of practice recommends the installation of a dedicated evacuation alert system intended for the sole use of the fire and rescue services and separate from the building’s fire alarm system. It is relevant to blocks of flats with a story located at a height of more than 18 meters above ground level. Evacuation alert control and indicating equipment installation EACIE installation is already mandatory in new buildings containing flats over 18 meters high in Scotland Although not yet a legal requirement in England, evacuation alert control and indicating equipment (EACIE) installation is already mandatory in new buildings containing flats over 18 meters high in Scotland and considered best practice by a number of fire and rescue services. Gary Craig, Sales Director at Advanced, stated “Over recent months, Ken’s work on EvacGo has focused on ensuring it is easy for building owners and installers to meet the recommendations of the BS 8629 Code of Practice, while ensuring optimum safety for the residents of high-rise buildings and ease of use for the fire service. Ken’s expertise will help ensure the process of specifying, designing and sourcing a BS 8629 system is simple, straightforward and stress-free.” Expansion of evacuation alert systems business Gary adds, “Ken’s appointment adds a vastly experienced voice to this project and the future direction of our evacuation alert systems business. His expertise and track record in driving growth and expansion within the UK market will be immensely valuable, as we experience rising demand for this new product.” Account customers currently looked after by Ken will continue to receive excellent support, as they transfer to Business Development Manager, Amanda Hope.
Gary Craig has been appointed as Sales Director at global fire protection company, Advanced, further strengthening its senior leadership team. A known figure in the fire industry, Gary has spent the past 35 years working in the fire safety sector and has held leadership positions at several major product manufacturers. In his new role at Advanced, Gary will be responsible for accelerating growth in both UK and international markets and will also focus on refining the customer experience. In pursuing these goals, Gary will build on Advanced’s core values and its reputation for manufacturing robust and reliable fire protection products trusted for their performance, quality and ease of use. Focus on digital connectivity and cloud-based platforms Gary said: “Advanced’s track record within the industry is second to none, and I am excited by the opportunity of building on the huge success already enjoyed by the company to help take Advanced to the next level of growth. I look forward to working with each member of the sales team to build on these foundations. They all have great breadth of knowledge and experience and are well respected by our customers, specifiers and end users." “A key focus for me will be developing new markets and channels whilst constantly striving to ensure we deliver the best customer experience at every point. Accelerated new product development and a focus on digital connectivity and cloud-based platforms stand to keep Advanced in a strong position at the forefront of our industry.” Advanced’s Managing Director, Pete Browitt, said: “Gary is an excellent addition to our leadership team and his appointment will, without doubt, bring value and momentum to the strategic direction of the business. His strong background in sales and the fire industry, coupled with his international focus and expertise will help accelerate our future growth.”