Leadership team

FFE is not a faceless organisation – our commitment to connecting directly with partners and customers is the reason why many people choose to do business with us.

We asked our leadership team to share what makes the fire detection industry, and FFE in particular, so special to them.

Mark Osborne

Mark Osborne Managing Director

After studying mechanical engineering, Mark began his working life in purchasing and supply chain roles for Honda UK Manufacturing and Unipart Group. In 2005 he joined Crowcon (part of Halma) as Purchasing Manager, and enjoyed a variety of operational management roles before becoming Technical Director in 2010. Mark was appointed as Managing Director of FFE in 2014.

At FFE we are obsessed with our customers - it's their needs that drive everything we do. They're the reason we think about customer satisfaction first, and why we continually invest in our product range and our people to make us the best we can possibly be.

Jacob Andelin

Jacob Andelin Technical Director

After studying Electronics at university, Jacob worked as an electronics design engineer in both the printing, and automotive industries. Jacob joined FFE as a senior engineer in 2006, and since then has held a variety of positions including Engineering Manager and Head of R&D. He was appointed as Technical Director in April 2016.

FFE is a great company to work for as the people here are passionate about the products and services we supply to our customers. The business is entering an important phase of its life, and I am very excited to be part of it!

David Smoley

David Smoley Finance Director

After gaining a degree in accountancy, David joined Ernst & Young where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Throughout the 1990’s David worked for a variety of companies in the UK and Czech Republic before joining FFE as Finance Director in January 2003.

I love working for FFE because we strive to make the best products to protect people and property throughout the world. I’m proud that so many world famous assets and locations rely on our skill and knowledge to protect them.

Stuart Andrews

Stuart Andrews Operations Director

Following a technical apprenticeship, Stuart gained a degree in mechanical engineering which kick-started his career as a mechanical product design engineer. Stuart’s background includes design and technical management, but it was on taking responsibility for manufacturing he discovered his talent for making things happen in a manufacturing environment and implementing better practices. Stuart joined FFE in 2003.

The fact that we challenge, change and question in pursuit of excellence. As a proponent and practitioner of Lean Manufacturing Techniques, it has been my pleasure to develop FFE’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain into a fast-paced operation delivering products that exceed customer expectations.

Chris Hazelby

Chris Hazelby Sales Director

Chris has worked in the detection industry for over 15 years, beginning as an apprentice mechanical and instrument engineer before moving into technical sales. Throughout Chris’ career he has managed international sales teams, developed new markets and implemented partner programmes designed to help distributors and OEMs grow their businesses. In 2006 Chris joined Crowcon (part of Halma) as Export Manager, before being asked to join FFE as Sales Director in 2015.

FFE is an exciting place to work right now. We are a progressive company that is growing, changing and challenging the norm (and ourselves) to improve in all areas. We are totally focused on ensuring that we offer the products our customers and partners want, accompanied by first class service.

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