As an independent consultancy, our flat management structure and inclusive culture welcomes contributions from everyone, recognising that we each bring a unique set of skills, opinions, and experience to the business.

Our team is comprised of Chartered Engineers, experienced and specialist Fire Engineers, thought leaders who sit on various influential professional bodies (such as IFE special interest groups, ethics committees, FIA technical committees, SFPE) and Fire Safety Consultants who have served within Fire and Rescue Services and Ministry of Defence Fire Safety departments with typically over 20 years’ service. We offer robust training and development programmes alongside CPD opportunities to ensure the continuously evolving landscape of fire safety legislation, standards and guidance are captured and communicated across our projects and client portfolios.

Meet the leadership team

Adam Taylor

Managing Director BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MIFireE PMSFPE FIHEEM

I have been involved in fire safety since 1999 and became a Chartered Fire Engineer (UK Spec) in 2005. With a background as a retained Fire Fighter, Sprinkler System Designer, Oil Field Fire Safety Consultant and Fire Research and Testing Engineer, I have a broad skill set which allows me to understand the bigger picture as well as the detail. I have been a practising Fire Engineer for over 16 years and have worked across all sectors. I pride myself on my ability to listen and deliver what clients want, and I make sure I dedicate time to supporting the industry we are in.

Harry McDaid

Director BSc, BSc(Hons) AIFireE

I became involved with Fire Safety in 2009 when I was a volunteer fire fighter with Donegal Civil Defence, taking part in weekly training drills and responding to emergency calls as required. During the same time, I also studied at Letterkenny Institute of Technology where I obtained a BSc in Architectural Technology and a BSc (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering. I moved to the UK in 2013 and through previous roles, I gained invaluable experience in fire performance of materials and fire testing of individual and complex systems. My academic qualifications and practical experiences gave me an excellent platform where I could combine my skills to ensure practical fire safety solutions. I communicate effectively with all key stakeholders, I am client focused and extremely driven and I will endeavor to ensure the desired outcome is achieved in all aspects of my work.

Simon Vickers

Director BSc (Hons) MSc

I began my career in fire safety in 1998 undertaking testing of passive and active fire products and went on to manage third-party certification schemes for the same products and sit on various British and European technical committees. As Fire Safety Inspector/Advisor to a Fire and Rescue Service, I gained an excellent understanding of legislation and enforcement as well as the potential issues of practical application of fire safety. My career progressed into fire risk assessment and then fire engineering where I gained a detailed understanding of both sectors which has been applied both in the UK and worldwide. I have developed Ashton Fire’s approach to façade assessments, compartmentation surveys and fire safety inspections during construction. The above roles, supplemented by completing a MSc in Fire and Explosion Engineering at the University of Leeds, have provided me with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge, which includes knowing when to step back and seek additional expert advice where necessary. Through clear and open communication with clients and colleagues, I strive provide quality and competent, yet pragmatic services with a continued drive for improvement.

Nikki Smith

Commercial Director – Fire Safety Consultancy

I entered fire safety in 2015, project coordinating fire risk assessment programmes across a portfolio of government, academic and commercial estate portfolios. My passion to achieve KPIs for scheduling and turnaround times as well as forming strong partnerships with clients, facilitating high quality report submissions and a deep appreciation for the competency and quality required to deliver fire safety consultancy resulted in year-on-year growth for the department and my career. During this time, I became responsible for the BAFE SP205 (Gold standard) quality management system and facilitating audits for BAFE SP205, ISO 9001, and Health and Safety. I am passionate about continual improvement, implementing processes to achieve quality objectives and creating a unique and holistic client experience. I am passionate about ethical practice in business, joining Ashton Fire in December 2019 where social, environmental and ethics are at the heart of the business. Within a year, I led the company to gain certification in ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and BAFE SP205. My primary responsibilities include supporting commercial and quality development of the fire safety consultancy team delivering fire risk assessments, fire safety inspections, compartmentation surveys and external wall surveys in addition to the implementation and monitoring of Ashton Fire’s quality, IT and health and safety management systems.

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