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Dr Debbie Smith, OBE

Debbie first joined the Fire Research Station (FRS) at BRE in 1984, straight after completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham in Metallurgy and Materials Science. During her career at BRE, she has been involved in a broad range of fire related work in research, testing, certification and consultancy which has included material fire behaviour, turbulent diffusion flame dynamics and development and validation of mathematical modelling approaches.  She has also been heavily involved in the developments of new European fire test methods and the classification schemes for construction products, in addition to the development of Fire Safety Engineering standards and guidance both within the National and International Standards arena. In recent times, Debbie has become involved in the area of sustainability, in particular its impact and influence on fire protection and construction methods.

Debbie is Chair of the European Committee CEN TC127 on Fire Safety which is responsible for the development of all of the fire test methods for construction products in Europe.  In June 2010, she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to fire safety.

Debbie also leads our collaboration with the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh  where we are working together to deliver future generations of fire experts.