At every level throughout the group we take building and life safety extremely seriously, from our highly experienced technical engineers, through to our administrative team, we strive for technical excellence and exceptional service in everything we do.

Alan Wheal

Group CEO

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Alan Wheal

Group CEO

Alan has built EA-RS from a ‘man in a van’ into a series of national, market leading fire engineering and security businesses. Alan oversees business strategy and acquisitions.

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Andrew Aylwin

Chairman

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Andrew Aylwin

Chairman

Andrew has 20 years of private equity experience, completing over 100 transactions, and worked with, advised or was a director of over 30 companies.

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Mark Wheeler

Group COO

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Mark Wheeler

Group COO

Having spent fifteen years with Chubb/UTC, Mark joined EA-RS Fire Engineering as Service Director in 2013. Since then Mark has played an important role at EA-RS Fire Engineering Ltd and Circum Fire Engineering Ltd and has most recently played a vital role within EA-RS Group . Mark is an instrumental leader as Group Chief Operating Officer, expertly guiding all Business Units and the Central Service team through an on-going expansion programme and numerous acquisitions.

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Derek Ferguson

Group CFO

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Derek Ferguson

Group CFO

Derek qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAS) in 1989 and has performed a wide variety of roles in audit, corporate finance, private equity and company financial management. He previously acted as Non-Executive Director and was appointed CFO in January 2021.

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John Trickett

Group CIO

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John Trickett

Group CIO

John started his career as an apprentice engineer and has held a number of positions within the fire industry in both SMEs and multinational businesses. John was the founder and Managing Director of Firesec Compliance for 11 years before joining EA-RS Group as Chief Information Officer. John is responsible for driving the digital strategy of the business to facilitate our brands to streamline their processes, improve efficiency and provide unparalleled customer service.

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Guy Ellis

Investment Director

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Guy Ellis

Investment Director

Guy joined Rockpool Investment in 2018, having previously worked in private equity at Alcuin Capital and Goldman Sachs, and in management consulting at Deloitte. Guy holds a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham.

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Robert Croom

Service Sales Director

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Robert Croom

Service Sales Director

Robert started as an apprentice at ADT in 2003, progressing through various roles in Sales and Operation’s at Director Level, before joining EA-RS Group as Group Service Sales Director.

Passionate about customer service delivery along with the development and progression of team members, Robert recognises that a well-supported and directed team will help to deliver fantastic service to all clients.

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James Brown

Service Operations Director

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James Brown

Service Operations Director

James joined the fire industry in 2005 with Protec Fire Detection PLC, progressing through various positions from a Service Engineer, through to Service Director for Trinity Fire & Security in 2018, taking the lead on the Service Department and ultimately progressing to the position of Board Director of Service; accountable for a team of more than 250 people with revenues exceeding £20M per annum. James has an extensive knowledge of service operations and strives to deliver and overachieve his clients’ expectations.  He has a passion for people and is a strong believer in taking care of his team.

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Carl Gee

Divisional Managing Director

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Carl Gee

Divisional Managing Director

Carl has been in the fire and security industry since 2003, obtaining qualifications through an electrical apprenticeship with Building Technology Services, working his way up to a director role in 2012. Carl went on to join Trinity Fire & Security in 2015 as National Operations Director and was part of their Senior Leadership Team.  Carl is experienced in people management, process, and profit enhancement.

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Murray Horne

Divisional Managing Director

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Murray Horne

Divisional Managing Director

Working within the Fire Detection and Protection industry for over 30 years, Murray has been responsible for all turnkey operations from estimating, sales, and design, right through to project completion and ongoing maintenance of systems within U.K. based and multi-national organisations.

Supported what was BFPSA, and now the FIA and a Member of the Standing Panel of Experts at the BRE/LPCB for Fire Detection and Gaseous Extinguishing Systems.

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Joshua Wheal

Corporate Development

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Joshua Wheal

Corporate Development

Joshua has gained extensive experience in corporate finance/M&A, previously working for Dragons Den’s James Caan, starting on the sell-side, and transitioning into buy-side. After introducing Rockpool to the EA-RS Group, Josh now supports the team on all deals, from M&A through to integration and overall corporate strategy.

Josh also works closely with the FIA on Industry strategy, most recently developing the Igneo market platform which the FIA acquired in January 2022.

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Sam Zeki

Head of People

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Sam Zeki

Head of People

Sam has been with CCSS since 2014 and recently took up the position as Group Head of People. Sam is an advocate for mental health awareness and her door is always open to anyone who wants to talk.

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Robert Frost

QHSE Manager

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Robert Frost

QHSE Manager

Robert has spent many years in the fire industry and during this time has seen many changes; mostly for the better. Robert’s last role was as a director with the responsibilities for Service, Maintenance, Small Works, Key Accounts, Quality Management System, and various other business processes. At EA-RS, Robert is responsible for the health and safety and quality management measures across every business unit.

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Will Beckett

Investment Executive

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Will Beckett

Investment Executive

Will joined Rockpool investments in 2020 after four years at PwC in transaction services.  Will is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol.

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Kirsty Patrick

Head of Training Academy

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Kirsty Patrick

Head of Training Academy

Kirsty has been with CCSS since 2016, joining group in 2021 as the Head of Academy & Training.

Kirsty is responsible for evolving training within EA-RS Group, creating new opportunities and discovering new ways in which we can learn.

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Alexandra Ferguson

Integration Lead

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Alexandra Ferguson

Integration Lead

Alexandra graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business and Management from Glasgow University, joining EA-RS Fire Group as Group Integration lead. Alexandra is responsible for implementing and guiding the integration process for all acquisitions, ensuring a smooth transition into the group.

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Matt Evans

Client Relationship Manager

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Matt Evans

Client Relationship Manager

Matt has a wealth of experience having been in the life safety industry for over 10 years. Matt has moved over from EA-RS Fire Engineering and will be using his technical skillset to help EA-RS Group achieve their growth strategy and further develop client relationships.

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Martha Anderson

Bid Manager

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Martha Anderson

Bid Manager

Martha’s background includes establishing bidding divisions for multiple companies within the FM industry, all of which have included Fire and Security. Her role will support the group by creating our centralised bidding function, designed to deliver compelling, customer focussed and successful bids on behalf of our group companies. Martha is passionate about implementing best practice approaches towards bidding, introducing strategy to increase ROI and maximising efficiencies to support the group in winning work that is desirable, profitable and deliverable – geared towards our future growth plans.

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Daniel Wheal

Corporate Development Analyst

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Daniel Wheal

Corporate Development Analyst

After gaining work experience through various internships throughout his time at university, Daniel joined the Group part-time in 2021, before joining the corporate development team full-time as an M&A analyst following his graduation. Dan is also enrolling as a candidate for the CFA Programme.

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Dan Bevan

Digital Solutions Manager

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Dan Bevan

Digital Solutions Manager

Dan’s background involves working in logistics, recruitment, teaching and lecturing, and most recently simPRO as a Senior Implementation and Professional Services Officer. Dan works directly within the Central Service IT and Data team and will be leading the integration of simPRO across EA-RS Group.

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Shaun Park

Implementation Analyst

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Shaun Park

Implementation Analyst

Shaun is EA-RS Group’s Implementation Analyst, working within the Central Service IT and Data Team. Shaun has a passion for process and has over 10 years of experience in senior project management. Shaun will be using his skillset to work directly on the Group integration of simPRO to help drive the Group digitally.

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Lucy Lilley

Business Process Manager

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Lucy Lilley

Business Process Manager

Having worked across many departments from Projects through to Finance at EA-RS Fire Engineering, Lucy brings her vast experience of reporting and process efficiency to EA-RS Group. Lucy works within the Central Service IT and Data team alongside the simPRO implementation team to help source efficiencies and streamline existing processes across the Group.

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Aimée Attwood

Operations Manager

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Aimée Attwood

Operations Manager

Having spent over 5 years in the fire and security industry, Aimee joins EA-RS as Central Services Operations Manager. Aimee has a wealth of experience working with various teams across multiple levels within service and works best supporting and developing those around her. Aimee is responsible for overseeing the operational activities and strategizing process improvements at every level across EA-RS.

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Neill Shirley

Business Development Manager

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Neill Shirley

Business Development Manager

Neill has worked in the fire and security industry for over 30 years. Having worked within the Sales and Business Development environment throughout his career, Neill joins EA-RS Group as Business Development Manager. Neill is responsible for developing new longstanding relationships with clients, based on the delivery of a high level of customer service, and providing clients with a one solution offering across EA-RS.

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