Blaze announces trio of appointments to support healthy order book

Fire control and safety solutions supplier Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has strengthened its workforce confirming three new appointments to support its growing pipeline for 2017.

The firm has appointed David Watkins and Gareth Dean as fire and safety engineers, as well as contracting Leanne Thomson as legal council to help augment the firm’s diversification into new markets.

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The team of 32 is set to endure a robust start to 2017 after securing a number of contracts at the tail end of last year. Blaze’s healthy order book is a testament to its willingness to diversify into new markets including renewables, mining and the Ministry of Defence, with oil and gas now only accounting for 16% of the company’s pipeline.

Leanne Thomson, who joined Blaze in December last year, brings more than 20 years of legal experience working on a consultancy basis through her firm Oil & Gas Legal Ltd. Ms Thomson will support Blaze in its diversification, helping the team to minimise risk through reviewing and negotiating contract terms, as well as establishing long-term relationships with clients and suppliers in various markets.

Ms Thomson said: “It is an exciting time to join Blaze as a lot of change is happening. Dipping your toe into new waters can be a risky business, therefore it is my role to help minimise this for Blaze and negotiate contracts terms that suit both parties, to enable a healthy and long-lasting working relationship. I’m very much looking forward to what the future holds for the company.”

David Watkins & Gareth Dean joined Blaze early this year to support design and engineering projects for the firm’s firewall systems, from the development stage right through to handover. Both have extensive experience in the field of engineering, having previously worked for one of Blaze’s main competitors for a number of years. Mr Watkins is also a qualified VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) engineer, a specialised sector in which Blaze aims to expand on to enhance its control systems offering through further investment.

Mr Dean said: “Blaze is a unique firm in that it is a close-knit family company, yet hosts a wealth of knowledge and expertise under its roof and is therefore able to compete with large players across the energy, mining and MoD sectors.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of a growing team where I can get my teeth stuck into engineering projects again, having previously worked in more of a mentoring role with my last employer. However I’m more than happy to act as a mentor for the younger engineers here at Blaze and think my well-rounded experience and contacts in the industry can only be beneficial for the company.”

Ann Johnson, finance director of Blaze, said: “After what was a gruelling year for many engineering firms, we are delighted to be entering 2017 with a healthy order book and three new appointments to help support this. All three bring a little something different to Blaze and will prove to be a great support in this shifting, yet exciting time for us.”

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