Andy has worked in the UK organics and alternative fuels sectors for over 17 years, with 9 years spent at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK where his focus was on the commercial development of alternative fuels for a range of markets. Following his successful career at SUEZ, Andy set up his own consultancy business, Cynosure Partners, and he is also the deputy chairman of the Wood Recyclers’ Association, which represents both UK producers and European energy and panel board consumers, along with non-executive chair roles for Gavin Griffiths Group and RPM Plant, and as a senior advisor for N+P.
SIA Vice Chair
SIA Retail Group Co-Chair
Simon set up Iron and Wood Ltd, an independent stove and fireplace retail showroom, in Banbury at the end of 2009 after being made redundant as a senior buyer for a large chain of builders merchants. A second branch in Kidlington was opened in 2017. Simon is also a Parish councillor in the village where he lives and until recently was a School governor.
SIA Communications Manager
Erica is responsible for the SIA’s administrative and communications functions and has worked in the stove and fireplace industry for the last 13 years. Prior to her role with the SIA, Erica was the editor of Fires & Fireplaces magazine and awards manager for the long-running fireplace industry exhibition, Hearth & Home. She has held a variety of marketing and PR positions within both the public and private sectors and now runs her own communications business providing copywriting services and social media content for a range of clients. Erica can be contacted by email to
SIA Technical Committee Chair
SIA Retail Group Co-Chair
SIA Technical Manager
James oversees all technical matters and functions of the SIA. James has many years’ experience in the combustion industry, starting his career as a graduate trainee at the Coal Research Establishment (CRE) of British Coal. He has since worked across the board, from analytical and test laboratories to advising on strategic energy policy and played a key role in the transformation of CRE into a private commercial business. James helped implement the joint venture with Gastec NV and established the gas appliance laboratory which expanded to include oil and solid fuel appliance testing as well as offering consultancy services. James can be contacted by email to
David co-founded a publishing company for the heating industry in 1990 and in 1997, launched the Hearth & Home Exhibition for the fire and fireplace industry which ran for 23 years. David is also on the board of clearSkies Mark Limited.