24 May 2024, 17:41
By Furniture News Nov 29, 2016

FIRA employs new team members

FIRA International has welcomed new talent across its testing, ergonomics and communications departments.

The testing department recently welcomed two new starters. Firstly, Darren Hone has joined as quality manager. Darren has spent most of his career within a testing environment, and joined FIRA from ALcontrol Laboratories, where he was site manager for one of their UKAS-accredited ISO 17025 testing sites.

The second addition to FIRA International’s testing team is Laura Winch, who has joined as sales co-ordinator. She will be FIRA’s first point of call for incoming testing enquiries, advising callers on options available to meet their specific needs, and which tests will meet particular British or European standards.

Moving to FIRA International’s ergonomics team, Alex Huckle has joined as an ergonomist. Alex recently qualified as a design ergonomist with a first class BSc (Hons) Design Ergonomics degree from Loughborough University. His research background spans design and ergonomics/human factors and includes digital human modelling, cognitive ergonomics, inclusive design and the application of anthropometrics in both vehicle and multi-user system design. Alex will be heavily involved in FIRA’s Ergonomics Excellence Award, which recognises companies who design and manufacture ergonomically outstanding products, especially those that meet and generally exceed the requirements of British and European standards.

Finally, Karen Weeks has joined as marketing communications and PR executive. With six years’ experience within a membership organisation, Karen will be working to ensure FIRA members are aware of the latest knowledge and research available from the association, and how they can input their views on industry standards and other regulations through FIRA’s work with government and other bodies.

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