Innovation Fire Engineering Ltd are an established, specialist fire engineering company. Set up in the depths of a recession in 2009, we are going from strength to strength, thanks to repeat business from our valued clients and recommendations from design teams. With offices in Leeds and London we pride ourselves on delivering excellence.


Innovation Fire Engineering Ltd focus solely on providing bespoke fire safety strategies for building contractors, developers and architects in England, Scotland and Wales. Our innovative fire strategies will optimise the fire resistance and control the specific fire risks in your building to deliver you significant cost savings and appropriate fire safety, without altering the design concept.


The majority of our business is from repeat clients, as we are committed in delivering our values:

  • Excellent Service
  • Innovation
  • Value Engineering
  • Teamwork


We recruit some of the most skilled people in the industry who share our passion for innovative Fire Engineering. Our team believes in 'thinking outside of the box' and dynamically challenging prescriptive guidance. Teamwork is at the heart of our success. Innovation Fire Engineering would proudly like to introduce you to the team


  • Qualifications: MSc, BEng (Hons), AIFireE
  • Specialisms: Care Homes and Offices
  • Hobbies: Football, watching films and Star Wars!

With a wealth of experience and over 13 years in the fire industry, including leadership roles in multi-disciplinary engineering environments, James is the director and founder of Innovation Fire.

James is passionate about dynamically challenging prescriptive fire engineering guidance. He specialises in value added engineering. Utilising his strong technical skills and experience,

James assists the team in identifying solutions to fire issues, in addition to ascertaining cost savings for clients, whilst always ensuring fire safety. He ensures that innovation is embedded into the teams' fire engineering approach.

In his career James has worked internationally and was responsible for devising innovative fire engineered strategies in Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Israel. His previous experience also includes working as a Fire Safety Officer undertaking fire risk assessments and fire safety audits of commercial buildings.


  • Qualifications: BA (Hons), FD (Open)
  • Hobbies: Watching live bands, interior design and wine tasting!

Steph is the commercial director of Innovation Fire and works closely with James in determining business forecasts. She is responsible for business development, marketing, contract management, issuing warranties and guarantees and overseeing credit control.

Steph is passionate about the continued success of Innovation Fire and is actively involved with recruitment and developing company policies and procedures. She is also an experienced property developer and has a keen interest in architecture and interior design.


Principal Fire Engineer

With over 11 years experience as a Fire Engineer in addition to a background as a Fire Safety Officer, Helen has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fire service requirements. She has excellent working relationships with clients and a 'straight talking' approach.

Helen's skills include undertaking critical analysis of fire engineering reports produced by other professionals including, CFD modelling, smoke ventilation and fire engineering strategies. Her methodical approach is evident in her quality assurance of fire strategies.

Helen is highly proficient in preparing quotes and fire strategies for new builds and major refurbishments, developing solutions in relation to means of escape, smoke control, fire separation, suppression systems, fire alarm and detection systems and fire fighting facili­ties.

In addition, Helen utilises her excellent communication skills as a mentor to support the Fire Engineers and Summer Placement candidates.

  • Qualifications: MSc, BEng (Hons), AIFireE
  • Specialisms: Mixed Use and Healthcare
  • Hobbies: Baking, Pilates, walking and reading.


Principal Fire Engineer

Michael has over 10 years experience in the field of fire engineering. As Principal Fire Engineer he liaises effectively with clients, architects and the approving authorities in order to ensure a smooth and efficient design process. Michael is skilled in actively seeking out cost savings and innovative solutions for projects and ensuring that the scheme is delivered to the timescale required by clients.

A day in the life of Michael includes reviewing drawings, providing advice on where a scheme meets the code of practice or where a fire engineered solution will be required and writing bespoke fire engineering strategies.

Michael has strong analytical skills in both fire engineering design and the insurance industry where he provided key fire safety engineering advice, Fire Safety Management audits, Valuation Surveys and Post Loss Surveys.

  • Qualifications: MSc, BEng (Hons), AIFireE
  • Specialisms: Mixed Use and Healthcare
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Fitness and well-being


Principal Fire Engineer

Dr Mai has over 20 years experience in fire engineering, research and related services in the UK and internationally. He is highly experienced in fire safety strategy development and is skilled in performance based design using Fire Dynamics, Computational Fluid Modelling (CFD) and Computational Evacuation Modelling (CEM).

Dr Mai is also accomplished in fire and smoke movement and smoke control modelling using Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS). He has a cornucopia of knowledge and experience in code compliant designs with ADB, NFPA, BB100, HK Fire Code and relevant British standards.

In addition to working at Innovation Fire, Dr. Mai is also a part-time Senior Lecturer in Fire Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and providing valuable learning opportunities for future generation of Fire Engineers.

  • Qualifications: PhD, MEng, BEng, CEng, MIFireE
  • Specialisms: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and External Fire Spread
  • Hobbies: Tai Chi




Terry joined the team in 2016 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the fire industry. With 30 years' service in the London Fire Brigade (LFB), Terry worked as an Operational Officer for 14 years before transferring into the fire safety department in 2000 where he went on to manage numerous fire safety teams. Terry later transferred to Brigade Headquarters and  worked in a number of central fire safety departments before joining the LFB Fire Engineering Group.

Terry's current role as a Fire Engineer includes devising innovative fire strategies and Third Party Reviews for Approved Inspectors.

  • Qualifications: BEng (Hons), MIFireE
  • Specialisms: Academies
  • Hobbies: Football and DIY


Administrative Assistant


Clare is the most recent member of the team. She is highly experienced in all aspects of office administration. Clare is also skilled in business administration and holds a Certificate in Marketing (CIM).

Clare is friendly, well organised and has a 'can do ' attitude. She provides valuable assistance to the team and her role includes Purchase Ledger, diary management and logistics co-ordinator. She also utilises her skills in marketing to develop our social media.

  • Qualifications: a Certificate in Marketing (CIM)
  • Hobbies: Going to the gym
"Innovation Fire provided a fire engineered solution and the resultant recommendations enabled the University to optimise their use of the building, giving them greater in-use flexibility and additionally saving on the construction costs. Building Control had no issues with the fire report recommendations and went so far as to praise the logical layout of the report, particularly the section on final exit doors".

James, Architect

CPMG Architects
"Very happy with the excellent service. Great design flexibility.”

Chris, Senior Design Manager

BAM Construction
“The excellent service we received was thorough and professional, enabling us to reduce our construction costs through design development in conjunction with Innovation Fire.”

Chris, Pre-Construction Manager

Marcus Worthington Group
Their helpful advice and speedy responses to queries assisted HMY in the design of the building and design variations which arose during the construction period.”

Belinda, Architect

McCormack Young LLP

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