MEET THE TEAM

SEM KNEESHAW

SEM KNEESHAW

Managing Director & Trustee

Sem has been in the passive fire protection industry since 1994. He was a founder and Director of Fire Delay Contractors Ltd (as was) and also Golden Thread Fire Ltd before implementing the merger of the two companies and transition to Employee Ownership in November 2022. Sem is a passionate advocate of the professionalisation of the PFP industry being one of those who passed the first ASFP/IFE level 3 qualification in Passive Fire Protection, and receiving the academic award for highest achievement.

ALAN OLIVER

ALAN OLIVER

Director & Trustee

Alan has been in the passive fire protection industry for more than 40 years, having joined the fire protection division of Pilkington Glass in 1981. He was a founding director and MD of Checkmate Fire Solutions and a consultant at BRE Academy before joining GTFD in 2019. He is a proud and active member of NAHFO (the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers).

STEVE PATTERSON

STEVE PATTERSON

Passive Fire Protection Manager

Steve has been in the Passive fire protection industry for more than 35 years, having joined FP Fire Protection in 1984 as an installer in all aspects of passive fire protection installation, before becoming an estimator and supervisor with the day to day organising of many projects. He joined GTFD as Contracts Manager in February 2017, becoming  Passive Fire Protection Manager in 2021.

ANDY OSTROWSKI

ANDY OSTROWSKI

Fire Door Manager

CHRIS BARKWAY

CHRIS BARKWAY

Commercial Manager

Chris has worked in the construction industry for the last thirty-five years – gaining invaluable knowledge through hands-on experience in different office and managerial roles from Plant Store Manager to Estimator and Project Manager and becoming a qualified Quantity Surveyor.

GTFD’s resident sportaholic, he’ll watch and try any sport, having played club hockey for twenty years as well as football for various teams until the age of 45. Chris is a qualified FA football coach and Millwall FC season ticket holder and has been a foster carer for the last 14 years.

LORRAINE HOLLAND

LORRAINE HOLLAND

Finance Manager & Trustee

MOE ELMASRY

MOE ELMASRY

Technical Manager

BSc, MIFSM, NACE CIP Level 2
Moe joined Golden Thread Fire Delay in July 2022. Moe has been in the fire protection industry for nearly 15 years having worked with several passive fire protection manufacturers including Nullifire, International Paint and Promat and various contractors including Checkmate Fire Solutions. Moe is an active presenter in trade shows and panels with organizations such as the ASFP and is working his way towards membership status with the Institute of Fire Engineers.

NEIL GRIFFITHS

NEIL GRIFFITHS

QMS Manager

Neil has 20 years’ experience in education, training and compliance in Europe and Asia. He has been working in the passive fire protection sector for the past seven years (joining GTFD in 2022) since returning to the UK

PAUL CHURCH

PAUL CHURCH

Compliance Manager & Trustee

DEIVIDAS JOCYS

DEIVIDAS JOCYS

Quality Contracts Manager

Deividas came to Golden Thread Fire Delay in 2022. With a keen interest in quality and compliance, he has built on contract management experience developed over the previous decade.

KRIS KONIECZKA

KRIS KONIECZKA

Contracts Manager (Fire Doors)

FAYE COPPING

FAYE COPPING

Commercial Officer

Faye joined the company in 2012, working her way up from Administrator to Commercial Officer. She is a proud advocate of professionalism in the workplace and has been an integral part of the growth and success of GTFD.

TUDOR CASIAN

TUDOR CASIAN

Managing Surveyor

Tudor graduated in Law in Moldova before embracing the unknown and moving to the UK in 2017. Transitioning into the fire protection industry, he progressed from firestopper to working supervisor and then into management.

The hunger for knowledge and interest in attention to detail remaining strong, he moved into passive fire protection inspections, along the way earning the IFE Level 3 certification in passive fire protection, further solidifying his expertise as Managing Surveyor.

MARK HOLLAND

MARK HOLLAND

Assistant Estimator

NATALIE WILLIAMS

NATALIE WILLIAMS

Assistant Contracts Manager

Natalie joined GTFD in 2022 as Operations Co-ordinator. With a wealth of experience in service delivery and compliance, she has quickly become an integral part of the Fire Door team. 

KIRSTY EDEY

KIRSTY EDEY

Assistant Contracts Manager

Kirsty joined in 2023 coming from a background in plant machinery. She has swiftly become an essential element of the Passive Fire Protection team.

ALEX QUIRKE

ALEX QUIRKE

Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator

Alex started with GTFD in supporting operations administration, moving into Sales and Marketing at the end of 2023.

MICK DELAY

MICK DELAY

Credit Controller

Mick started work in the organisation on the 16th of April 2008, on a part time basis, as a Credit Controller, and is proud to still be here, some 15 years later: “It has been a good journey, with Sem Kneeshaw the MD, seeing growth of the company, hopefully contributing towards its current position in the market, along with others. My work colleagues have been a pleasure to work with, as well as many of our customers/clients. Long may it continue.”

GILLIAN KING

GILLIAN KING

Accounts/Admin Assistant

ELLIE RANDALL

ELLIE RANDALL

Commercial Management Trainee

LAINA CAMERON

LAINA CAMERON

Credit Controller

Business Administration Apprentice, is a 2023 school leaver and is currently under an apprenticeship with us. This is her first office job, and she is learning more and more about our company every day.

Vision Statement

To lead and uphold industry standards whilst developing and sustaining a profitable company; helping employees to realise their aspirations and potential through professionalism, honesty, integrity and fairness. A commitment to long term mutually beneficial relationships with clients, suppliers and partners, maintaining or improving safety, welfare, quality, sustainability, environmental and philanthropic targets.