Checkmate is a specialist passive fire protection installation and survey company, providing professionally managed, cost effective fire compliant services nationally to a wide range of clients.
Formed in 1989 as Checkmate Passive Fire Protection we have continually expanded our customer base, growing correspondingly. A large part of our turnover consists of repeat business and our wide-ranging client base includes Great Ormond Street Hospital, The National Archives and University College London.
From offices in London and Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive range of services:
Checkmate's 'Fire Compliance' Division helps organisations to achieve passive fire protection compliance. The services offered range from formulating specifications at the design stage to inspections at completion. In existing buildings we can assist with a menu of services that include the creation of fire strategy drawings, inspection of fire walls and fire doors and the air leakage testing of rooms or areas where airtightness of the structure is a critical requirement for life safety, property protection or business continuity.
Checkmate's 'Fire Solutions' Division provides a range of 3rd Party Accredited passive fire protection installation services that include firestopping, linear gap sealing, air sealing, acoustic sealing, fire door installation and remediation, retrofit fire dampers, intumescent paint spraying, cladding to structural steels, installation of fire barriers in roof, ceiling, raised floor and curtain wall voids and high pressure / water repellent seals.
Our Specialist Interiors division provides dry-lined walls, glazed partitions, ceilings, decorating and other interior installation services.
We have operated in the Arabian Gulf since 2005, through agents Haven Fire & Safety in the UAE and Khayber Trading in Bahrain. Projects in the Gulf include work at Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, The Emirates Towers and The Madinat Complex.
Meet the Team
Mark WilliamsChief Executive Officer
Based at our Northern office, Mark has been with the company since 2000 and currently oversees all company operations on a national basis.
Pat MurphyChief Marketing Officer
Pat has a wealth of experience in delivering all aspects of Checkmate’s products and services. As CMO and Co-owner leading the marketing and sales division he makes a valuable contribution to the company’s current and future strategy and direction.
Alan OliverPassive Fire Consultant A management restructure has allowed Alan to change his role and he provides the service as the company’s expert passive fire consultant responsible for; including amongst other things, delivering our Passive Fire Awareness seminars across the country.
David WoffendinNorthern Operations Director
Dave joined the company in 2008 and was appointed to Northern Operations Director in 2013.
Tomasz WisniewskiSouthern Operations Director
Initially working for Checkmate as a sub-contractor from 2001, Tom has risen through the ranks as Operations Supervisor and Operations Manager, Director of Glazing and has recently been appointed Southern Operations Manager.
Accounts, Commercial, Administration
Sinead McCullaghCompany Secretary
Based at our Northern office, Sinead has been with Checkmate for since 2001, starting as office administrator, she now has responsibility for company's financial affairs.
Jenny WilsonOffice Manager
Based at our Southern office, since 2000 Jenny has gained extensive experience covering a multitude of tasks.
Sarah LiveseyContracts Administrator
Based from our northern operations centre, Sarah plays an important role in supporting the account managers ensuring our contracts run productively with regards to I.T. support, compliance and handover documentation and certification.
Melissa SteadReceptionist & Office Administrator
Based from our northern operations centre, Melissa joined us in 2015 and plays an important role supporting our accounts department and general office administration.
Kate CookeBusiness Development Manager
Kate joined us in 2013 and has several years' in telemarketing. Her experience within the passive fire protection industry will be of great benefit to us; enhancing and supporting the efforts of our national sales team.
Lee RichardsonCommercial Manager
Lee joined us in 2013 as part of our team operating from our Dunmow office. Lee brings his financial and organisational skills to the role of Commercial Manager.
Mick RuddAccount Manager
Based at our Northern office, Mick manages contracts both large and small. He has a wealth of experience in operations and contract management and has been with us since 2001.
Mark ShawAccount Manager
Based at our Northern office, Mark joined us in 2000 as an installer, made a successful transition to management in 2007 and now oversees contracts both large and small.
Gary MeadSenior Contracts Manager
Runs site operations from our Southern office, again has benefited from the experience of working on sites undertaking passive fire protection works prior to being promoted into the Checkmate management structure.
Ross BaronSurveying & Aftercare Manager
Ross has been a welcome addition to the Checkmate Team. He brings vitality and inspiration to the role of Surveying and Aftercare Manager. Ross coordinates all on site surveys and prepares the reports and drawings. He is also very active in our aftercare division offering advice and help to our clients to ensure that completed works managed in a controlled manner going forward to avoid possible non-compliance issues in the future.
Paul MarshallContracts Manager
Paul has joined the Dunmow team as a Contracts Manager, previously one of our experienced site managers. He now brings his practical skills to the management team to assist in the successful delivery of our projects.
Andy OstrowskiSurveying & Fire Door Manager
Andy is based at our Southern office.