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Matthew Wright Business Development Manager Australasia, Building & Life Safety Technologies, UL International

Matthew Wright is UL’s Business Development Manager for Australasia, Built Environment – a position created by UL to spearhead development of UL service offerings tailored to Australia and New Zealand.

With a passion for delivering safety in the built environment, Matthew has held roles implementing and developing requirements and good practice guidance across all building types.  This has included collaborating with national and international stakeholders to build relationships and improve outcomes.

As an influential industry advocate, Matthew has achieved meaningful change in legislation, codes and Standards, including strategic generational change to the fire safety strategies of the National Construction Code, as well as frameworks for practitioner competency.  He has worked in local government and private industry building surveying, as well as roles with the fire brigade and Australia’s peak fire protection association. Matthew’s current role is focused on championing product safety and certification solutions and providing a conduit to contemporary research responding to emerging trends and hazards, building on UL’s global reputation of integrity, safety science and thought leadership.

Matthew holds a Bachelors Degree in Building Surveying, a Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building and Fire Codes and a Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety and Risk Engineering.  By ministerial appointment Matthew also served two terms as a member on Victoria’s Building Appeals Board and was Fire Protection Association Australia’s inaugural Building Codes Committee representative for the Australian Building Codes Board.  Matthew was appointed as one of 5 members of an international jury for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s “Fire and Risk Engineering Award” and presents regularly at industry events.

Chris Miles Business Development Director, UL International

With over 30 years’ experience in the testing, assessment and certification of Fire Resisting elements, Chris has an in-depth knowledge of the performance of building elements when subject to elevated temperatures and the requirements necessary to ensure correct performance.

Over the last few years Chris led the development of a brand-new, state-of-the-art fire test facility for UL in Germany; from farmer’s field to operational, busy laboratory

Chris has most recently been involved at most levels of the certification process for Fire Resisting elements in The UK, Europe and Internationally. Chris has been instrumental in developing UL’s business for fire safety in Europe and was, until recently, Head of UL’s European Notified Body for fire protection and detection materials.

He is currently Director of UL’s Built Environment business for Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Chris is also Chairman of the ASFP, the UK based trade association overseeing built-in passive fire protection. (to be elected end of April 2021 so I think this will be true by presentation time)

Chris’s prior responsibilities have included:

  • Chairman of CEN/TC127/WG3, the committee responsible for developing and maintaining the test and extended application standards for Fire Resisting and smoke control doorsets.
  • Chair of FSH/22/5, the UK Mirror committee for BSI Standards of fire and smoke doorsets.
  • Chairman of Certification product groups for fire/smoke doors & shutters, building hardware, door seals and glass
  • Active member of various Trade Association liaison groups including Fire Resisting Glass, Building hardware and Timber and Steel doorsets.