Quick Fire Questions: Francesca Boeris

In our latest edition of Fire Buyer, we interviewed Francesca Boeris, Managing Director of Comelit UK and ROI for our Quick Fire Questions

What does ‘fire protection’ mean to you?

Fire protection means keeping your home, people and business safe through the use of traditional techniques and modern technology.

What made you want to work in the industry?

I wanted to be in an industry that is evolving and forward-thinking, where I could progress in a business that leads by innovation and puts people at the heart.

If you could change anything in the industry, what would it be?

Seeing the value in service and product, a complete package of product, sales, service and local technical support. 

 Describe a funny thing that happened to you recently?

I was half way through a remote team meeting, when my dog, Murkie, proceeded to jump onto my lap and managed to knock my laptop and camera off the desk. Luckily, no damage was done, and the team found it hilarious.

What three traits define you?

Straight-talking, focused, empathetic

 What’s the most important trend you see today?

Connected systems and building automation fire and security solutions being considered much earlier in development designs and planning stages. 

If you didn’t work in fire and security, what would you be doing?

I would like to run a mentor program for young women, about being successful in business and empowering each other. Break glass ceilings and use your voice in the best way.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV?

My hobbies include hiking and wellness. Before lockdown I spent three weeks in Peru where I hiked through the Amazon and then went on the Inca trail over 4 days. 

What is one thing you would make compulsory in the office and one thing you would ban?

I have added a pool table/air hockey and Ping-Pong table. People need to move, this is a great way to get them having fun. I have already banned eating at our desks, anything else, I might have a revolt on my hands!   

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully moving round our fantastic new offices without a mask on whilst interacting with customers and colleagues closer than one meter apart. 

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