RIFA Committee Members

RIFA Committee Members 

Elected Officers


Chair – Nicole Hoffmann

Nicole is a Director and Fire Engineer at NiHo Ltd.  She has more than 25 years experience in fire safety engineering, and for more than 15 years has been primarily involved with the development of fire strategies within the railway industry for both stations and tunnels; in the UK and internationally.  She obtained a PhD for her CFD modelling of fire and sprinkler interaction, and has a particular interest in the analysis of smoke movement. As one of the originators of the evacuation modelling package STEPS, she also has a special interest in evacuation behaviour and its modelling.  

Nicole is a Chartered Fire Engineer (CEng) and is a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).

A vacancy will be created at the AGM in June


Deputy Chair - Andrew Brown

A vacancy will be created at the AGM in June

General Secretary - David Rayworth    

A vacancy will be created at the AGM in June

Treasurer - Vacant

A vacancy will be created at the AGM in June

International President - Dr Tony Cash

Tony Cash is an experienced Chartered Fire Engineer, Safety Professional and Emergency Planner with a demonstrable history of working in the transportation/trucking/railroad, oil & petrochemical, rail, marine, road and aviation industries. Skilled in Compliance, having a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Reaction-to-Fire Calorimetry, Fires and Explosions awarded by University of Leeds and a BSc in Chemistry at the University of London. Ready to help improve the lot of any organisation with integrity and dynamism as their core values. A fire and transport safety professional, with broad experience gained from over 32 years working in a wide range of industries including recreational and public transport, aviation, oil, petrochemical, marine and local authority environments, Tony has considerable experience in the development and maintenance of requirements related to product certification and test, fire safety, risk assessments and emergency planning.  Tony is a Chartered Engineer (accredited by the IFE*), Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (*IFE) and a Member of the NFPA, a Chartered Chemist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and European Chemist.

Management Committee  

Ben Mossop

Dennis Livingstone

Robert Andrews Jr - International Working Group

Robert C. Andrews, Jr. founded Protection Development, Incorporated, (PDI) in 1985 and currently serves as its President and CEO. Mr. Andrews is a Texas Registered Professional Engineer (fire protection branch specialty), a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (UK), and a Professional Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (USA). He has been practicing fire protection engineering for over forty years and has specialized in the fire safe design of very complicated and unusual projects. He is a life member of the National Fire Protection Association (37 years) and a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (30 years). Mr. Andrews is a 2008 graduate of the Railway Management Program at Michigan State University. In 2009, he expanded his commitment to the rail / transit consulting industry by launching a new, dedicated PDI division, PDI Rail Solutions aimed specifically at that market.

Highly unusual amongst fire protection engineers, Chief Andrews was an active member of the fire service for 40 years, having joined his local volunteer fire company in suburban Philadelphia when he was sixteen years old. His fire service experience includes serving with the East Whiteland Volunteer Association (PA), the College Park Volunteer Fire Department (MD), the Phoenix Fire Department (AZ), Marathon Oil Company (OH), Celanese Chemical Company (TX), the Refinery Terminal Fire Company (TX) and Industrial Emergency Services. He was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States having received his Pennsylvania and National Registry EMT licenses in 1975. In addition to his fire service credentials, Mr. Andrews has been a Licensed Texas Peace Officer for over twenty-nine years and currently holds Master Peace Officer and Instructor certifications. He is an internationally recognized police dog trainer and is currently commissioned as a Reserve Deputy Fire Marshal with the Bexar County (TX) Fire Marshal’s Office (non-paid peace officer).

Mr. Andrews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1980 and a Master of Science Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2002. Mr. Andrews is currently attending Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in pursuit of a Doctor of Business Administration degree (2021 cohort). He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and received the 1990 Outstanding Research Award for his paper that discussed the feasibility of applying the Incident Command System to incidents in the refining and petrochemical industry. He was one of the first industrial fire chiefs to earn the prestigious Chief Fire Officer Designation in 2003 and is an internationally recognized author and speaker having delivered emergency response, industrial firefighting, and railroad fire-safety presentations in the United States, Jamaica, France, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, and Germany.


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