Barbara, is a Chartered Fire Engineer, and UK leader for the Applied Innovation and Technology Group at Arup – a highly specialised team of practitioners in the fields of fire engineering, lighting design, building performance + systems, acoustics, accessible design, and virtual reality & visualisation.
The Group operates throughout Arup’s offices in the UK and provides innovative services to clients in a variety of sectors, globally. The core approach being the application of cutting edge research and advanced technologies, to enable a myriad of project types in the built environment.
Barbara’s technical expertise and experience is in the field of fire safety engineering, and particularly for high-rise buildings, transportation hubs, commercial and residential developments, healthcare premises, and extraordinary structures. She has specific construction dispute resolution experience, providing expert advice regarding the behaviour of construction materials and construction systems in fire, as well as Regulatory compliance requirements throughout design, construction and during building occupation.
Barbara has a particular interest in applied research for improving standards and skills in the construction industry. Current topics include digital technologies, tall timber in fire, and fire safe facades.
Recognising her capability to lead and develop beyond her core discipline, and her ability to deal with the challenges and opportunities of developing leading edge skills in the consulting environment, Barbara was appointed to the United Kingdom Middle East and Africa Board of Arup in April 2017.
She was also made responsible for the Arup University function, in this role. The purpose of Arup university is to drive innovation and new techniques for use on Arup’s projects and the wider construction industry, as well as enable a vibrant and open knowledge culture.
Barbara holds the Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008, for outstanding personal contribution with a commercial benefit to British engineering, based on her structural fire analysis and design work. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 for services to fire safety engineering.