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Meet the team

The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) was formed in 2008 to promote the benefits of wood-burning stoves and biomass appliances. The SIA is an association of stove manufacturers and distributors, independent retailers, wood fuel suppliers, flue and glass manufacturers and test approval bodies like Kiwa.
Andy Hill

Andy Hill

SIA Chair

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.

Hugh Wells

Hugh Wells

SIA Vice Chair

Hugh is Managing Director of AJ Wells and Sons Ltd, manufacturers of Charnwood stoves on the Isle of Wight. He joined the family business nearly 20 years ago after previously working within manufacturing engineering in both aerospace and automotive at GKN. Charnwood was involved with the inception of the SIA and Hugh has been SIA Vice Chair for the past 5 years. He is also a director of the Isle of Wight Cricket Board and a trustee of Isle of Wight Youth for Christ.
Simon Attfield

Simon Attfield

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.

Erica Malkin

Erica Malkin

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

Peter Mintoft

Peter Mintoft

SIA Technical Committee Chair

Peter has worked continuously in solid fuel/gas/electric appliance product development since 1988 and is also on the board of clearSkies Mark Limited. From an engineering apprentice, to now managing director of significant UK stove and fire manufacturer Charlton & Jenrick, he has amassed considerable product design and approval experience and holds several patents. Outside the industry Peter is a volunteer steam locomotive driver and private helicopter pilot.
Stephanie Don

Stephanie Don

SIA Retail Group Co-Chair

James Verlaque

James Verlaque

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 Spencer

David Spencer

SIA Treasurer

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.