Naoki Woodward

Naoki heads up the façade engineering capability and is part of the senior leadership team at BB7. He comes from a multi-disciplinary background, having led and developed the façade and façade access discipline at a leading multinational consultancy.

He has extensive UK and international project experience across both existing assets and newbuild projects and is a firm believer that ‘every building has the right to be heard’.
Being a strong advocate for circular principals – including re-use rather than recycling of existing materials, he strives to push ‘existing assets’ to the fore of BB7s consultancy portfolio.

Having worked in façade supply chain, for a main contractor and in consultancy roles this unique perspective gives him an excellent appreciation of the challenges in façade design, procurement, manufacture, and delivery.

He takes an active role in the industry, undertaking Expert Witness commissions and is involved in a number of working groups including the Build Safety Act (internal group) and the JCI (Joint Competence Initiative) advisory team.

David Baron

David Baron is a skilled Structural Fire Engineer with more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry. Over the last decade, he has led a team of Engineers and Estimators at a global intumescent coating manufacturer, focusing on international cellulosic and hydrocarbon projects.

As a Chartered Engineer through the IFE, David is passionate about providing pragmatic solutions to complex challenges. David recently joined Associate Director with BB7, where he is developing a strong Structural Fire Engineering service to help grow the business. David is dedicated to delivering exceptional results to his clients and specialises in steel structures.

Mark Egan

Professional Experience

Mark has over 25 years of experience in the fire industry, working as a fire safety engineer for the last 18 years. Prior to working as a fire safety engineer Mark was previously a Fire Officer within Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and a Fire Engineer for New Zealand Fire Service. He is a former Chairman of the Lancashire Group of the Institution of Fire Engineers and has worked extensively to promote learning and discussion amongst industry professionals. Mark also sat on the UCLAN Industrial Liaison Committee and worked as part of the RICS EWS1 Committee. Mark has worked on a wide range of Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management projects across many sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Mark is a Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management specialist and has a well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of the industry that allow him to take a pragmatic view of fire safety from a range of perspectives.  Mark is able to identify and view issues from the point of view of the relevant stakeholders and recommend control measures and timescales which are the most practical in terms of reducing risk and limiting expenditure.  Mark focuses on delivering innovative fire engineering solutions which are practical, efficient and cost effective to implement.

Mark was a founder of Omega Fire which he developed over a 10 year period from 3 staff to 35 along with his 2 business partners. Omega Fire had a reputation for high quality Fire Engineering work and operated at high profit margins due to the efficiency of their set up and the technical expertise of their team. Due to this we were bought out by BB7 Group, who are backed by the BGF, in 2019.

Mark is currently Commercial Director at BB7 where he has responsibility for the Legal Team ensuring that BB7 maintain efficient and effective commercial processes which protect BB7 without hindering business. Mark also has a focus on service quality and client success to ensure BB7 become a globally recognised, successful fire and façade consulting brand. Mark works closely on the development and management of the commercial strategy for the business, working closely with the COO and Directors to make sure the commercial needs of the business are understood at all levels. His aim is to ensure that BB7 remain at the forefront of their field commercially and fully protected from commercial threats to the business.

Alec Storey

Alec is a Chartered Engineer through the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Director of the Manchester office.

Since graduating from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Fire Science, he has worked in fire engineering consultancy for 20 years and has led the fire engineering design on projects across all sectors and sizes and has extensive experience of prestigious residential, educational, transport, sport, and commercial developments.

Alec has developed fire safety strategies for projects within the UK and internationally, utilising both UK guidance and standards and international design codes (NFPA, IBC, QCDD Standards, Saudi Building Code), alongside computational fluid dynamics fire and smoke modelling and evacuation modelling, to provide pragmatic design solutions that meet the aspirations of the design team without compromising fire safety.

Rebecca Bower

Rebecca joined BB7 in 2020 during the pandemic and has remained steadfast in growing the marketing function. With her experience in the tech industry (Over 12 years) in roles such as campaign manager, digital lead, and Brand marketer, she has a wealth of knowledge across all marketing disciplines to enable the department to shape the future of BB7. Rebecca briefly worked in the construction industry before joining BB7 which gave her insight into the dynamic nature of the industry, and to ensure she is attuned to the sector Rebecca has spent many days shadowing our technical team to understand their day-to-day work on-site and develop rapport with clients.

As a dedicated CIM professional and with her passion for the business, Rebecca is keen to demonstrate positive results. Since joining BB7 many changes have ensued including the brand revamp, a new website, and the wealth of client collateral has grown. Rebecca is always looking to further her studies and is currently undertaking her Leadership and Management qualification Level 5.

Iain Gray

Iain is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of the Society of Façade Engineering with over 16 years of experience within the envelope sector.

With a wide range of experience working as a façade consultant as well as leading technical roles within specialist sub-contractors and manufacturers, Iain brings his extensive knowledge of the fundamental technical design, engineering and testing of the building envelope to the business to drive a holistic façade focus going beyond solely considering fire performance.

Peter McKay

Peter is a chartered surveyor and has extensive construction experience, working for main contractors, architectural practices and property management companies.

Peter’s specialism is in Building Control and Health and Safety consultancy and has completed these roles on a wide variety of projects from apartment developments, museums, schools, restaurants, and shopping centres.  Peter has a passion for the outdoors and has travelled to five continents.

Peter McGettigan

Peter is an Associate Director with BB7 with nearly 20 years’ experience in the Construction Sector, specialising in fire safety engineering. Peter recently joined BB7 from a multi discipline company in London where he worked on some of the most complex, high-profile and unique schemes in the United Kingdom.

Peter holds a BSc (Hons) in Fire Engineering from Letterkenny Institute of Technology and successfully completed a MSc in Fire Engineering & Explosions at the University of Leeds in 2018 while working full time.

Peter has performed as a lead fire engineer on projects for numerous clients in the construction industry. His experience includes following projects through design, procurement, construction, turnover and close out. He has extensive experience of consulting with the Fire Authority and through his knowledge of the Building Regulations is able to reduce approvals and compliance risks.

Peter’s passion for construction led him into fire engineering. With invaluable site experience, he has developed an in-depth understanding on how buildings are constructed.

Peter’s approach is based on an understanding of design objectives that include life safety, business continuity and property protection. He is experienced in assessing and designing fire safety engineered solutions for a range of different buildings, ensuring the financial, aesthetic, and functional objectives of each scheme are met where possible, whilst maintaining a satisfactory level of fire safety. Peter has improved his knowledge and experience with Computer Fluid Dynamic Smoke Modelling to assist with this process which has provided him with a solid grasp of fire engineering principles.

Peter is an Associate member with the Institution of Fire Engineers and is in the final stages of his Chartered Engineer application.

James Groves

James is a Director at BB7 working from our Chatham Historic Dockyard office, having gained an MEng in Civil Engineering he joined us as a Fire Engineer working on the design of buildings in a number of sectors. James is a full Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council. James heads up our Fire Assurance Services discipline in the UK and Ireland which focuses on FRAEW & EWS1 services, intrusive inspection services, remedial consulting services, expert witness, and RIBA 5 site inspections. 

Gemma Morris

Gemma’s experience has spanned over 18 years with a background in Projects/Operations Lead and Office Management. Gemma has demonstrated her skills working in the Nuclear and Defence, Aerospace, Automotive industry, and Social Housing, as an effective and resourceful Manager. She has a proven track record for delivering results via effective team management and project management skills.

Gemma joined the Manchester office of BB7 in October 2020 and is responsible for managing the Business Support Team. Gemma motivates and manages her team on complex and innovative projects and can manage a varied workload. She is familiar with working with people at all levels, and has an excellent commercial approach to solving problems and developing business processes. Gemma supports other managers to drive teams and ensure they strive to do the best job possible and aims to create a motivated and happy team, through one-to-one sessions and all-round support.

Gemma has strong management skills in Quality, Environmental, and Security methods with over 10 years of experience in Integrated Management Systems.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys spending time with her little girl Scout, making sure she either has her ballet shoes or football boots at the ready. Alongside this, Gemma loves cooking and experimenting with different recipes, sometimes successful, sometimes not!

Neil Eaton

Neil has been involved in fire-related work for over 40 years, having worked for 25 years in a variety of roles in a local authority fire service prior to taking up roles in fire engineering. Neil’s fire service roles included operational firefighting and incident command, fire investigation, and technical fire safety inspection and enforcement.

As a fire engineer, Neil brings a wealth of experience from his fire service background to inform and compliment his technical knowledge and expertise in fire safety design of buildings across many sectors including healthcare, residential, defence, schools, universities, leisure, commercial and industrial premises. Neil also has significant experience in conducting fire safety assessments and audits.

Eoin Troy

Eoin is a Director with BB7, working from the Belfast Office. He has over 14 years of experience in a vast range of sectors covering over 500 projects and working with many well-known contractors and architects. He has grown teams and worked on award-winning projects throughout Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.

Eoin was based in London for 13 years, leading Fire Engineering teams with Bureau Veritas/Fusion Fire Engineering. He moved to Belfast in 2019 to set up a Belfast Office and expand the London Office for Goldsmith Engineering, which was later acquired by BB7 in 2020.

Eoin has a strong interest in growing teams, teaching younger members of staff and increasing their competency. He specialises in ‘Fire Engineered Solutions’ using current research, calculations from first principles, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and relevant guidance documents.

With Bureau Veritas/Fusion Fire Engineering, Eoin joined the small practice, helped it expand, and heavily contributed to growing its reputation, progressing up to working with world-renowned architects, contractors, and projects. Whilst understanding Client’s needs, he maintains a strong emphasis on keeping solutions simple and practical for architecture, construction, and management during the life of the building.

John Rigby

With over 19 years of experience in fire safety and the regulatory framework, John is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Chartered Surveyor, and a Chartered Building Engineer. He also holds an IFE and IFSM accredited diploma in Fire Stopping Inspection.

As an ex-Approved Inspector, John has extensive experience of consulting with the Fire Authority and through his knowledge of the Building Control system and the Building Regulations is able to reduce approvals and compliance risks. John’s passion for fire safety and interest in bespoke solutions led him into fire engineering. With invaluable site experience, he understands how buildings are constructed. John’s approach is based on an understanding of design objectives that include life safety, business continuity and property protection. He is experienced in assessing and designing fire safety engineered solutions for a range of different buildings, ensuring the financial, aesthetic and functional aspirations of each scheme are met where possible, whilst maintaining an appropriate level of fire safety.

Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn is a Director with BB7 specialising in fire safety engineering. For 20 years Ray has been providing fire safety engineering advice throughout the UK and Ireland with his early career spent in London.

Ray has provided fire engineering advice on a wide range of complex projects including mixed use developments, airport terminals, shopping centres, large healthcare and educational premises, high rise offices, apartments, hotel developments, historic buildings and large distribution warehousing. Ray has also provided specialist advice on the incorporation of atria in buildings.
Most recently, Ray has led the development of the fire engineering strategies on the new world class Cavendish III Physics Laboratories at Cambridge University (~£300M) and the new National Maternity Hospital in Dublin (~€300M). Ray also led the development of fire engineering strategies for a number of large schemes in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter including the iconic Titanic Belfast building (~£100M).
Ray has lectured on Human Behaviour in Fire, Fire Dynamics, Smoke Control in Complex Buildings, Fire Safety Engineering and Principles of Fire Safety in Healthcare Premises. He has been a part time lecturer in Fire Engineering Design at University of Ulster’s MSc Fire Safety Engineering course since 2004. Ray is a Chartered Engineer and a member of Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Shane Ryan

With an electrical engineering background, complimented by a postgraduate Master of Science (MSc) in Fire and Explosion Engineering, Shane is a well respected Associate Director at BB7.  His experience as a consulting engineer spans residential, to commercial use and both national and international projects.

Shane manages a large team in our Chatham office, undertaking complex engineering studies utilising computational fluid dynamics, zone modelling and fire engineering calculations. He is a seasoned project leader working through all seven RIBA stages and a proven negotiator with approving authorities.

William Ward

William joined BB7 in 2017 to lead our business in Ireland and currently leads the Dublin Office. William previously worked for Arup for over 10 years. William holds a BSc and an MSc in Fire Engineering from Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster respectively.

He has in excess of 15 years’ experience which has been earned managing fire-related projects in Ireland, the UK, and throughout the world. William has developed and delivered fire strategies for buildings in Russia, Italy, Croatia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Turkey, Albania, Kazakhstan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

William has experience in all general building types (commercial, retail, hotels, residential, education, etc.) but has also gained experience in areas of specialised fire engineering which include stadiums, airports, and tunnels.

William has carried out numerous inspections on behalf of building owners, operators, managers, vendors, and prospective purchasers.  William is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Fire Engineers with whom he also is a member of the Irish Branch council and performs the role of membership secretary.

William also enjoys speaking at conferences and is a visiting lecturer at Trinity College Dublin.

Steve Michael

Steve has significant fire safety and Building Regulations knowledge which is why he is the right man to head BB7’s major projects. His experience enables him to provide cost effective solutions for our clients, reducing approval risk with efficiency and increasing certainty during the design phase.

Steve’s the ‘go-to’ guy in the office credited with mentoring many our people throughout their early careers. He started his long career at the Greater London Council Building Regulations Division. He progressed from here to a successful career in the London Fire Brigade, Fire Safety Department. He gained a further 14 years’ experience here and reached the recognised rank of Station Officer (non-operational). He was involved in some prestigious projects during this period and became involved in a number of larger Section 20 developments, including the Tate Modern Gallery and GLA building. Prior to joining BB7, Steve was the Fire Engineering Manager at a large multi-national fire engineering consultancy and headed their major projects including the planning development stage at 20 Fenchurch Street. At BB7 Steve heads a number of our major projects.

David Quinn

David is a Chartered Engineer with significant experience at delivering innovative and practical fire strategies throughout Ireland, the UK and beyond. Currently based in Dublin, David has previously spent a large part of his career leading the fire engineering delivery for a large multidisciplinary firm based in London. David was Group Director of Fire Engineering at Buro Happold in London before returning to Dublin where he is now Engineering Director for BB7.

During his career, David has had the privilege of leading some highly skilled fire engineering teams on some of the most fantastic and iconic projects.  A strong believer in integrated design, he has developed his consultancy skills working closely with clients, architects and other engineering disciplines to ensure that the fire strategy is understood, developed, co-ordinated and implemented correctly. David believes there is more than one way to approach challenges and endeavours to help clients and architects create environments that are not only safe but also great places to live, work and enjoy life. David also takes great pride in creating a working environment that enables the team to thrive and develop their professional careers.

Paul McLaughlin

Paul joined BB7 as a Director in February 2022 with 20 years experience in the fire industry. His experiences range from:

    • Managing a team of specialist engineers and working within the team when required.
    • Preparation and negotiation of client requirements
    • Experience in working with a range of contractors, consultants, or developers.
    • Expertise in mentoring, developing, and guiding trainees and junior/ intermediate staff.
    • A seasoned professional in managing clients’ projects and achieving their goals.
    • International experience working on projects in Nairobi Kenya, Moscow Russia, Astana Kazakhstan

 

Since joining BB7 Paul has worked closely with the OPEX team in implementing procedure changes throughout the business and worked closely with the ROI in revenue generation, project efficiency, resources allocation, recruitment, and business development in the region.

Future objectives include –  utilising his experience in strategic leadership, and his ability to visualize, plan, lead, and ensure efficiency out of resources to execute strategies efficiently to achieve success throughout BB7.

Dominic Way

Dominic is a Chartered Engineer with a specialism in fire engineering. and the director of the Glasgow office which serves the whole of Scotland as well as supporting other offices throughout the rest of the UK and Ireland.

Having worked at three different consultancies over a 16 year period, Dominic has a broad and sound knowledge of fire engineering within the construction industry in both existing buildings and as part of a design team for new developments.

Dominic was the second employee within BB7 and has been here since early 2010. He’s passionate about the people of BB7 , what we have achieved together and our ever-growing potential.

His years of experience have given him a broad base of both fire engineering and fire risk management. Dominic originally started his career specialising in CFD and smoke control, which provided him with a good grasp of fire engineering principles. He has also served on committees including British Standards.

He has experience in England, Scotland and the Middle East and has worked with NFPA, IBC and Saudi Arabia Building Codes.

Landmark projects include ‘One New Change’, ‘Marble Arch Place’ and part of the team who he was part of the team who worked on the ‘Dubai Metro’ ventilation systems.

Outside work Dominic loves the adventure of life and is most happy hiking the hills, camping with everything he needs packed into a backpack or panniers.