Wormald scoops three awards at Fire Protection Industry’s night of nights


Rod Rolfe, Wormald’s National Learning & Development Manager accepting the 2017 Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award

Wormald and its team members were the proud recipients of three awards at the annual Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner held on Thursday, 9th November at the Metropolis, Melbourne.  Wormald and the team were presented with the Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award, Meritorious Service Award and the Award for Best Project over $1M.

Rod Rolfe, Wormald’s National Learning & Development Manager, was presented with the Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution to the fire protection industry.  With 40+ years of industry experience, Rod is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award, of which Wormald has been a proud sponsor for the last two years.  Congratulations Rod.

Paul Newman, our Fire and Compliance Manager in Queensland, received a Meritorious Service Award which honours FPA Australia members who have made a significant contribution to the Association and the fire protection industry.  Well done Paul.

Wormald also won Best Project over $1M for the Darling Harbour precinct project that included the Sydney International Conference Centre (ICC), the Exhibition Centre and Theatre Darling Harbour.  This award acknowledges projects that have successfully demonstrated outstanding management and administration of a fire protection project.  Wormald coordinated delivery with the owner/facility manager, the consultant/engineer, and the contractor to effectively complete the fire protection project which was judged on its commitment to timely completion, implementation, sustainability, innovation and best practice.  This was a challenging project, yet Wormald was able to demonstrate its commitment and ability to overcome hurdles to deliver a high quality outcome.

Wormald has a long and proud history with the Fire Protection Association Australia dating back to 1960 when the Association was founded. It’s great to see our ongoing commitment to the fire protection industry continuing to be recognised. I’m incredibly proud of our people and the excellent work we are doing for our customers.


One year on

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Wormald CEO, Andrew Lee

We recently passed our first anniversary as an independent business when Wormald returned to local management. During this time, we have invested in our people, processes and customer experience which has resulted in a renewed focus on compliance, flexibility and excellence in service delivery.

Wormald CEO, Andrew Lee, provides an update on Wormald following a year of transition.

What have been the major achievements over the last year?

With people at the core of what we do, the last year has seen us bring experienced people back into the business, from senior management to administration and support functions. We were also pleased to open new offices in regional centres, most recently in the Gold Coast, providing a base for local staff and customers.

The business also made good progress with the team delivering a number of large construction projects, and securing major national and regional contracts for the service and maintenance of fire protection systems.

What challenges and opportunities have you encountered in transitioning back to local management

Returning to local management has allowed Wormald to move a lot faster and more flexibly to meet the needs of our customers and staff. Essential business services, such as financial and legal functions, have been re-established locally and unnecessary reporting, meetings and approvals have been reduced. This has allowed the Wormald team to focus on activities that add value to our customers.

What do you think has been the key to success in the last year?

Our senior management team has taken time to get to know the business.  They have travelled extensively around Australia visiting state and regional offices where they’ve spent time listening and talking to staff and customers. We’ve heard inspiring stories about Wormald’s incredible history and it is evident that there is a lot of passion and engagement in Wormald’s next chapter of growth and renewal.

As part of our ongoing commitment to building the culture that Wormald is celebrated for, we have re-launched the 25+ Club in late 2016 with functions across Australia. This program recognises the commitment, dedication and passion of the staff who have been with the business for more than 25 years.

What is the biggest challenge facing the fire protection industry?

The year ahead for the fire protection industry will be characterised by incremental developments, rather than monumental change. Training and qualification requirements will continue to increase, cost pressures will remain, and awareness of environmental issues will rise.

 What is the biggest challenge facing your customers in relation to fire safety? How is Wormald positioned to help them address this?

While it varies by industry and risk profile, the commercial sector still faces challenges with customer service and delivery of fire protection systems and maintenance. Compliance, clear communication, streamlined issues resolution and having reliable partners remain their top priorities.

To help our customers address these challenges, Wormald will be investing in technology enhancements that will deliver improvements in service delivery and communication. These new technologies will reduce the amount of paperwork that is handled and improve customers’ visibility over maintenance of fire protection systems.

What big changes can the fire protection industry expect in the year ahead?

Facility managers and building owners are expecting better data, more proactivity and smarter ways to protect their assets and people. Suppliers must move quickly and deliver innovative solutions to provide more value. While this may be a challenge for the heavily-regulated fire protection industry, Wormald is well-placed to meet these evolving needs.

With our business’ national scale and strong local footprint, we have the flexibility to deliver new solutions, technologies and approaches to market. The company’s size, brand equity and expertise means that Wormald is able to quickly respond to the evolving needs of our local market while adapting the latest industry-leading technology from around the world for the Australian market.

How are you future proofing the Wormald business?

Wormald has an incredible history of firsts in the Australian market, including introducing the automatic sprinkler and fire monitoring, developing early maintenance standards, and helping to found the Fire Protection Association of Australia. Wormald continues to future-proof its business by investing in its people, products and service delivery and the work we do today is setting the scene for more future firsts and expansion. We are excited and engaged in the opportunities during this next chapter of renewal and growth.

Wormald returns to local management

By Andrew Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Wormald

Wormald_Andrew Lee and Chris O'SullivanI am pleased to announce that Wormald has welcomed a new local management team and returns to being a dedicated fire business, following its sale from global fire and security company Tyco to Wormald International, LLC, a new subsidiary of Evergreen Capital.

Wormald has a long and proud history of delivering specialised fire expertise across Australia. The sale represents an exciting opportunity for the Wormald business and our valued customers, as we return to our roots and benefit from a less centralised and more flexible business structure.

I look forward to driving the business forward with a renewed focus on regional based decision making to provide our customers with the trusted, local service on which Wormald has built its name for more than 125 years in Australia. Continue reading

Christine Cotton nominated for Women in Industry Awards

Christine CottonBy Andy Ellis, President Tyco Integrated Fire & Security

We are delighted to hear that Christine Cotton, Regional General Manager for Tyco Fire & Security in Western Australia, has been short-listed for the Women in Industry’s Mentor of the Year Award.

As a member of Tyco’s Senior Leadership Team, Christine has championed the career development of female employees at Tyco for many years and her recognition as a finalist in the Women in Industry Awards is a wonderful achievement.

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Remember fire safety on World Day for Safety and Health at Work

By Allyson Boys, EHS Director Pacific Region at Wormald’s parent company, Tyco Integrated Fire and Security

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Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an annual campaign led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote safe, healthy and decent work. This year’s theme is ‘building a culture of prevention’ and I encourage you to use today as an opportunity to take action towards doing so in your workplace.

The impact of unsafe workplaces should not be underestimated. Today, 865,000 people globally will either die or be injured doing their job*. The most recent figures from Safe Work Australia estimate the total economic cost of work-related illness and injury to be $60.6 billion dollars a year**. Continue reading

Wormald supports new Queensland Skin Culture Centre

By Andy Ellis, President, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, Pacific

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From left to right:  Brian Cohalan, Brian Gordon, Jason Edgley, Peter Treseder AM (back centre), Andy Ellis (centre front), Brian Cuffe, Dr Michael Muller (right front),
Clare Singleton, Rachell Buckley

On August 20, Wormald executives, including myself, were privileged to be a part of an exclusive tour of the newly constructed Queensland Skin Culture Centre (QSCC) at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

This revolutionary facility aims to provide a better quality of life for burns patients by growing their own skin cells in a lab.  The QSCC will grow the top layer of the patient’s skin (the epidermis). This cultured skin can be life-saving as it reduces the likelihood of rejection, provides earlier wound closure, decreases infection, reduces pain (as fewer surgeries are required) and its use delivers faster recovery times enabling the patient to leave hospital earlier to return to their home.

The QSCC laboratory is aiming to start growing skin in late 2015 to enable RBWH to provide this service to its burns patients. Acting Director of RBWH Burns Unit Dr Muller and his team have huge ambitions for this project and hope to advance research in the facility to develop a method of growing full-thickness skin with all the elements of hair, tissue and muscle.

Wormald has more than 125 years of experience in fire safety and has been a major supporter in the area of burns since 2004. In 2012, Wormald pledged $150,000 to support the QSCC over three years, which has been invaluable to Dr Muller and his team in supporting this area of research.

The Professor Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital treats approximately 450 burns patients from Queensland and northern New South Wales each year— more adult patients than any other hospital in Australia—and is internationally recognised for having the best patient outcomes in the world

The tour was an opportunity to experience first-hand, the inspiring work that the team do and Wormald is incredibly proud to be contributing to this fantastic world-class facility, helping medical professionals and researchers carry out their vital work to assist burns patients achieve better outcomes.

To find out more information on the RBWH and the Queensland Skin Culture Centre, please visit their website at http://www.rbwhfoundation.com.au/

Wormald celebrates 125 years of fire protection

By Andy Ellis, President Tyco Fire and Security

Wormald maintenanceOn March 23, Wormald will celebrate 125 years of operation in Australia, marking an important milestone for the company. 

Since its establishment in 1889 by brothers Joseph and Harry Wormald, Wormald has celebrated a number of achievements. It was listed as a public company in 1949 and acquired Ansul in 1978. In 1990, Wormald joined Tyco, the world’s leading fire and security company, operating in 50 countries.

Over the last 125 years, Wormald has shown a continued commitment to protecting people and property from fire. As part of Tyco, Wormald has access to a breadth of physical and intellectual resources. The local knowledge and expertise of more than 2,000 employees across Australasia has seen Wormald deliver tailored fire protection solutions across a wide range of industries, including mining, marine, industrial, commercial and retail.

The Wormald business has evolved so much and the team is constantly developing new technologies and applications to better serve its customers. It is exciting to think how the business will develop further over the coming years, and I look forward to sharing our future successes.