Dr. Pete Beele - FIRA Technical Development Manager
Pete has worked for FIRA since 1996 and has a broad range of technical expertise alongside which he understands business dynamics, with a particular emphasis on how these impact on the furniture sector. Specialist areas include competitiveness and statistics, standards, product and systems certification, EU Timber Regulation, wood technology, carbon footprinting and environmental legislation.
Pete has a breadth of experience including running certification, testing, research and consultancy businesses. His current role involves developing and managing the technical offerings for Association members, coordinating the provision of technical services for suppliers, manufacturers and retailers and identifying research programmes and funding sources to support the commercial and technical development of furniture companies. His team represents the industry on British, European and International Standards committees, influencing decisions to ensure Standards are meaningful and relevant.
Pete is Chairman of the British Standards Institute's (BSI) Furniture Steering Committee and Secretary of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC). He has represented the industry on a range of environmental steering groups such as PAS 2021 for the EU Timber Regulation, recycling and re-use.