FDM appoints managing director

Fire Door Maintenance (FDM) has announced the appointment of a managing director. Nicola John will lead the business, which offers fire door inspection and maintenance services and is owned by UAP.

Throughout her career, Nicola has spent 19 years working with door manufacturers in various management and director roles. A former business consultant, Nicola also ran her own company, using her knowledge to advise a range of organisations on strategic growth and development. For the past four years, she has been working with UAP to provide specialist leadership, management and training guidance.

Launched in early 2023, FDM offers fire door inspection and maintenance services primarily aimed at housing associations and local authorities. Clients can access a 400-strong pool of highly-trained operatives with the skills needed to deliver inspections which meet the latest fire safety regulation.

FDM also provides specialist fire door training for organisations and individuals that want to upskill in line with new fire safety rules.

Nicola said: “I’m really looking forward to leading FDM and making a positive difference to the fire door industry. Changes to regulation mean housing providers must put more resources in place to inspect and maintain fire doors. My aim is to work directly with these organisations as well as door manufacturers, to help meet this need.

“The Hackitt report underlined the importance of the ‘golden thread’, and this is at the centre of our approach. This sees us prioritise the use of primary test evidence to deliver inspections and maintenance, ensuring the correct components have been installed on each door and have not been substituted or changed.

“Whether a client chooses to access our specialist training or to use FDM’s operatives to put more boots on the ground, or focus is on raising standards, ensuring compliance and delivering the highest level of safety.”

FDM’s operatives can provide inspection and maintenance services nationwide while its training is delivered from its head office in Bury, Greater Manchester.