FDM appoints new sales director

Dan Cope FDM's sales director

Fire Door Maintenance (FDM) has hired Dan Cope as its sales director.

Owned by UAP, FDM offers fire door inspection and maintenance services as well as fire door safety training accredited by GQA Qualifications.

Dan has more than 25 years’ experience of the construction industry and began his career with Travis Perkins before moving into sales in 2006. He has since gained specialist expertise across the merchant and door manufacturing industries, a statement said. He spent six years at Permadoor, part of Epwin Group. He also spent five years looking after the social landlord market before moving on to head of Trade Sales.

At FDM, Dan is expected to be responsible for growing the company’s client base, including landlords across the public and private sectors, housebuilders and developers. His role also involves raising awareness of FDM’s Training Academy.

Dan said: “Throughout my career, I’ve worked with a wide range of organisations which are key to FDM’s growth, including local authorities and housing associations. With more than 400 operatives at our disposal, FDM is ideally placed to help these organisations deliver fire door inspections and maintenance more efficiently and to a higher standard.

“Our Training Academy also has a vital role to play in raising safety standards and this is something I’m really passionate about. One of my key goals is to encourage as many people as possible to take part in FDM’s accredited, hands-on training courses to build their knowledge and skills.

“This affordable, high-quality training will benefit all those responsible for selling, installing, inspecting, and maintaining fire doors ranging from contractors of all sizes, housebuilders, social and private landlords, commercial property owners and builders merchants.

Nicola John, managing director of FDM, added: “There are two strands to our business and Dan brings specialist knowledge and experience to both. His contacts in social housing will be particularly beneficial as this is a sector most impacted by changes to fire safety regulation and offers huge potential for us to expand FDM’s inspection and maintenance services.

“At the same time, Dan’s passion for upskilling across the fire door industry will fly the flag for our newly launched Training Academy. We’ve already developed three accredited courses with GQA for fire door inspections, maintenance and installation. With Dan’s input, we’re developing ideas for other fire door safety training which will benefit targets such as merchants and the emergency services.”

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