Honorary Life Time Members of FPANZ

The Fire Protection Association of New Zealand (FPANZ) wishes to sincerely thank and acknowledge our Honorary life members.

Without these dedicated people the Fire Protection industry and FPANZ would not be able to offer the service it does today and the industry as a whole would not be as professional ,developed and knowledgeable as it is today. These members have etched themselves a place in the history of Fire Protection in New Zealand for their Knowledge, leadership, Inspiration, Passion and Integrity. They have been instrumental not only in developing the industry but also providing guidance and support for those working in it today.

Our Honorary Life Time Members are recognised on this page. For those people who have not had the pleasure of meeting or working with these individuals during their careers in the New Zealand Fire Protection Industry we profile them in part to recognise their outstanding achievements but also to provide inspiration to those who follow. 


Ian Makgill


Ian has worked in the industry for 51 years, 35 of those in the fire protection industry. He had a trade then academic training and has field experience in installation and testing of suppression systems. Ian was the Company Engineering Manager for Wormald in the 80’s and 90’s and was on the review committees for many fire protection standards. Ian then spent periods at Fire Risk Consultants/SKM and Verifire (2001-2005). Ian now works as a fire suppression and sprinkler system consultant.





John Powell

John Powell

John Powell joined Automatic Figure Sprinklers in 1962 as their Wellington Regional Manager, and has continued to serve the fire sprinkler industry, even in his retirement, for 50 years.

He has worked for a number of organisations within the industry and latterly, was one of the principals in a well-run fire protection business, Automatic Fire Systems Limited, until his retirement in 2006.

His is particularly respected for his work in contributing to NZ’s Sprinkler Standard, NZS4541, and its associated documents, NZS4515 and NZS4517. He first became involved in Standards as an alternate to Jim Triggs in the late 1960s, and has been involved in every edition of the sprinkler standards, since NZS4541P was first published in 1972, including chairing the committee that prepared the 2003 editions of NZS4515 and NZS4541.

What many people don’t know is that he self-funded this work, and did not rely on contributions from the other shareholders of AFS.

John originally qualified as a motor mechanic – he is still a mechanic at heart, as witnessed by his love of Jaguars and Vintage Motor Bikes – both genders which are unreliable.

A small anecdote – a few years ago, he was tail ended in his new Jag while sitting at a set of lights. The collision was such, that the car that him bounced back and hit him a second time. The Jag was a write off - $140k of damage before they looked at the computers. When he climbed out to talk to the driver, she was very apologetic. John dismissed her concerns, and instead, was more interested in why the airbags in her car had not gone off, given the magnitude of the shunt – a real indication of his mechanical background and inquisitive mind.

John is being honoured by the Association for his 50 years’ service to the fire protection industry, and in particular, for his contribution to the development of NZ’s Fire Sprinkler Standards.


Ray Grant

Ray Grant

Ray showed the potential in many young men who enter into a good Trade Apprenticeship discipline that encourages additional study through the present Polytechnic system.

By commitment to use of their free time in study to gain further qualifications the rewards come throughout their later lifetime.

His early years as an Electrician servicing industry clients prepared him with good Technical and people skills that the Fire Protection required with the advent of more sophisticated electrical- based detection equipment in the 1960s.

He managed the fit out of the Maui Offshore platform fire protection with special hazards -Halon and Dry Powder systems - using state of the art detection.

With the advent of the new Building Code in 1952 he became competent as a Fire Design Engineer, which he practiced with very satisfying success.

As a fellow employee, I valued his careful analysis and advice he could provide.

The Honour being bestowed was fully earned by one who assisted many other young trainees 

Ross Aitken

Ross Aitken

Ross Aitken has worked in the New Zealand Building Construction and
Service environment for more than 35 years in a variety of positions
inclusive of Design and Project Management, then leading onto Branch,
Regional and General Management. Ross’s current role also includes a
significant responsibility in the ethical leadership of Chubb New Zealand
and Directorships of a variety of associated Fire Protection companies for
which Chubb has a shareholding. Ross has a New Zealand Certificate in
Engineering (Mechanical) and along with his roles in Chubb he has actively
supported the goals and strategies of the Fire Protection Association NZ
for many years.

David Percy

David Percy

David Percy is a Fellow of Engineering NZ (FEngNZ) and is the Managing Director of Pertronic Industries Ltd. Pertronic Industries is one of the major fire alarm equipment companies in New Zealand.

He has been involved in the fire protection industry for over 40 years and has served on the NZ Standards Committees involved with the preparation of the New Zealand Fire Alarm Standard NZS 4512.

David Prosser

Early in 2017 David retired as Senior Product Manager with Tyco Fire Protection Products after almost 34 years’ service. He still remains actively involved with the industry on a part-time basis.

After graduating with Honours degrees in Physics and Electronics Engineering, David commenced his working career as a R&D design engineer with Christchurch-based Wormald Vigilant Ltd. He was project leader for development of the first microprocessor-based fire alarm system in New Zealand. Those were exciting times in the fledgling NZ electronics industry. 

He progressed through a number of roles over the years, during which Vigilant merged with Wormald, then became part of the independent products group under Tyco, and most recently became a business unit of Johnson Controls. His later responsibilities at Tyco encompassed the VIGILANT and TYCO fire detection and evacuation warning product ranges for both Australia and New Zealand.

For over 20 years David has been involved with New Zealand Standards for fire detection, receiving a Standards NZ meritorious Service Award in 2009. He chairs the NZS 4512 project committee, and since 2005 he also chairs the ADG (Alarms and Detection Group) which issues interpretations for the fire detection Standards. He also co-ordinates New Zealand’s input to ISO fire detection Standards.

David has been an enthusiastic supporter of FPANZ for many years, both on Council and the previous National Executive. He is a foundation member of the current Board of Governance.

Outside of work, David is a Lay Minister in the Anglican Church and along with his wife, Glenda, enjoys travel – especially at 3 miles per hour in a narrow-boat around the English canal network.