Our Team

Team Overview

Our dedicated management team is structured to provide professional, reliable, consistent, safe, and cost-effective fire protection, fire safety and fire prevention solutions. Our fire risk assessors, engineers, and technicians range from ex fire service personnel with over 60 years of collective operational firefighting experience to Graduate students. All staff are fully trained by the UK’s leading safety bodies.

These experienced engineers specialise in designing fire prevention solutions are individually tailored to meet your specific requirements for your premises. This ensures your business and premises are fully compliant with current British Standards and The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006. You can therefore have complete confidence that you will receive first class services from accredited and certified fire protection, fire safety and fire prevention specialists.

Brian Dempsie

Managing Director

Brian is a former Firefighter who joined Strathclyde Fire & Rescue in 2006. He left the service with 12 years’ experience in both operations and fire safety. He started Firelink in 2017 and has developed the group since.

Jim Wotherspoon

Managing Director

Jim is a Director and shareholder in the Firelink Group. Jim has run several successful companies over a 30-year period and brings a vast experience in sales, marketing and operations.

Caitlin Wotherspoon

Finance Director

Caitlin oversees the operational management of the Firelink group and leads the support functions to ensure the audit and inspections teams are resourced and ready to engage with clients.

Thomas Sinton

Commercial Director

Tom brings 27 years’ experience of Fire Fighting and Fire Safety for his service with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. Tom retired from the service as a Senior Officer and is qualified in a range of Fire Safety, Health & Safety and public sector leadership areas.

David Kelly

Operations Director

Kevin Halpin

Operations Director

John Teevan

Operations Manager

John studied Building Surveying for 4 years at Glasgow Caledonian University. John brings experience from working with several surveying firms and more recently has gained over 5 years’ experience in Project Management and Property Maintenance. John oversees all elements of Project Management and works with clients to ensure packages are bespoke and meets their needs.

Brian McLeod

Operations Manager

Johnathan Mayne

Operations Manager

Martin Millar

Senior Fire Risk Assessor

Brian Byrne

Fire Safety Manager

Brian served with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for 30 years, in various operational firefighting and training roles, latterly gaining qualifications in Legislative Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment. Prior to retiring in February 2021, he served as a senior officer in Fire Safety Enforcement within a Local Senior Officer (LSO) Area. He was responsible for overseeing the continual improvement and maintenance of fire safety standards within relevant premises in the LSO Area, providing appropriate guidance, and assisting Duty Holders to achieve legislative compliance with The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

Susan Connelly

Assistant Operations Manager

Susan brings over 20 years of sales management experience to Firelink. She has a wealth of organisational skills which she utilises in her role where she programs, schedules and oversees all surveys, risk assessments and inspections within the company, alongside procurement responsibilities for the business.

Albert Bruce

Lead Trainer

Stephen Lanaghan

Lead Trainer

Gerard McManus

Fire Safety Advisor

Gerard served for 25 years with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. He brings a long operational experience together with knowledge of Fire Safety regulations. As a Fire Safety Enforcement Officer, he formed part of the regulation team which oversaw the Olympic Games in 2012 and Commonwealth Games in 2014. Gerard holds several fire safety qualifications and has great vocational experience derived from both his work with the Fire Service and private practice.

Scott Young

Fire Risk Assessor

George Hynd

Fire Risk Assessor

Alan Carroll

Fire Safety Advisor

Alan served 31 years in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in operational firefighting roles and latterly gained qualifications in legislative Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment. Alan worked alongside the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Skills Development Scotland to oversee modern apprenticeship programmes and retired from the Fire Service in January 2019 before joining Firelink in June 2023.

David Halkett

Fire Safety Advisor

David studied Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology before progressing and graduating from Glasgow Caledonian with a degree in Building Surveying. David brings knowledge of building design and construction with a strong knowledge of IT programs and design packages.

Brian Winter


Chris Firth


Chris served the Scottish Fire and Rescue for over 30 years in various operational, training and corporate roles. He worked as an instructor teaching fire behaviour and deliering breathing apparatus training an as a health and safety officer within the service’s risk management unit. He also gained many years of operational experience managing emergency incidents and prior to retiring in May 2022 was a senior officer in City of Glasgow management team, responsible for service delivery.

Garry Miller


Grant Robertson


Suzanne Sherry

Recruitment & Training Manager

Joy Wishart

HR Manager

Owen Watters

Director of Quality and Compliance

Owen brings over 40 years’ experience within the health service. He was the Head of Health in North Lanarkshire up until he retired in 2019. Owen is a law graduate and brings key skills to Firelink, including People and Project management and Quality Governance. Owen was also a gateway reviewer for the Scottish government major capital projects. Owen oversees quality and Compliance for Firelink.

Emma Brannigan

Administration Assistant

Emma trained in the creative industries before graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a Primary School Teaching degree. After gaining experience in the teaching profession, she later joined Firelink, bringing a variety of administration and creative skills to her role where she helps with day to day office function, reporting for clients and brand marketing.

Lauren Stewart

Administration Assistant

Lauren has a background in finance and trainee quantity surveying, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to her role, where she oversees day to day administration tasks for the Operations Team.

Lynne Campbell

Administration Assistant

Lynne has a wealth of experience in administration and customer care, bringing essential skills to her role where she works closely with the team to undertake day to day tasks in the office.

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