Gordon Stalley – Managing Director of Premier Fire Group
Gordon is one of the most experienced fire services engineers and contractors in Australia. He commenced in 1974 as an engineering cadet with one of the major industry contractors, progressing to NSW Manager at the age of 25. He started Premier Fire in 1987 and continues to run the Premier Fire Group as Managing Director.
Gordon’s vision was to establish a major privately-owned fire protection company based on excellence which worked closely with its clients to lead the way in innovation and best practice.
He has worked on the design, installation, servicing and maintenance of hundreds of major projects within Australia including high rise, shopping centres, major institution buildings, complex special hazard installations as well as countless system modifications, upgrades and tenancy work.
Gordon has contributed to the industry for all of his working life through representation on Australian Standards committees and industry associations. He is the NSW President of the National Fire Industry Association, and a director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum. In these capacities he frequently provides presentations to building owners, certifiers, contractors and other industry organisations on technical and legislative issues and is on consultative committees with the Dept. of Planning and Fire Protection Association of Australia.
He is a professional engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, listed on the National Engineering Register and a registered professional engineer in Queensland
Vince Porreca – National Contracts Manager
Vince commenced working in the fire industry with Premier Fire in 1988 as a fire services designer, and then as a project manager/designer, progressing to manager of the Major Contracts Division in 1999.
With over 30 years in the industry Vince has successfully completed hundreds of major projects along with countless fitouts and fire service upgrades. In 2015 Vince assumed the role of National Contracts Manager overseeing all Major Construction for the Premier Fire Group.
Richard Stalley – Premier Fire QLD Managing Director & National Services Manager
Richard began working in the construction industry in 2004 as an apprentice electrician. He commenced as an electrical technician with Premier Fire in 2008 and in 2010 accepted the challenge of starting a branch of Premier Fire in South East Queensland. After successfully establishing and managing the branch for 6 years Richard returned to Sydney to assume a National role.
Richard is now Managing Director of Premier Fire’s Queensland company and is the National Services Manager, responsible for the service operations in all branches.
Gai Strouthos – Chief Financial Officer
Gai joined the Premier Fire Group in 2012. Holding a B. Bus with a major in Law and Accounting she is a CPA with over 27 years corporate experience as CFO, Finance Director and Managing Director in national and multi-national corporations. She has lectured in Accounting and Management at TAFE and specialises in systemisation, statutory compliance, grant procurement, reorganisation, change management, HR Management , IT roll outs and operation refinement for all levels of commercial enterprise.
Craig Jehn - NSW Minor Contracts Manager
Craig joined the industry as an apprentice sprinkler fitter in 1987 and commenced with Premier Fire in the third year of his apprenticeship in 1990. In the early 90’s Craig assumed the role of leading hand on major construction projects throughout Sydney and in 2006 was promoted to Project manager within the Minor Contracts division. This division tendered and performed works associated with fit-outs and make-goods in existing building. Craig was then promoted to the role of Minor Contracts Manager in 2015. Over his 30 years in the industry Craig has successfully completed thousands of projects.
Tony Mukauskas – NSW Service Manager
Tony commenced with Premier Fire Protection in 2005 after owning and managing his own business in the hydraulics design field. He has successfully completed industry run courses in diesel, mechanical, hydraulic and electric pump design. He now manages the day to day operations of Premier Fire’s service and maintenance division in Sydney.
Mick McCarthy – South Queensland Manager
Mick came to Premier Fire in 2015 with 25-years experience in the HVAC industry covering everything from major commercial construction to specialised projects in operating hospitals and service and maintenance.
Mick is S.E. Qld manager and is responsible for all activities of the Brisbane branch which includes major construction, minor works, service and maintenance, passive fire and design.
George Grajczonek – North Queensland Contracts Manager
Premier Fire expanded into Queensland in 2010 by purchasing the conveniently named Premier Fire (NQ) Pty Ltd which was based in Townsville. George was one of the owners and directors of this company and continued with the newly constituted Premier Fire following the purchase.
George has worked for decades in the fire protection industry and has all relevant QBCC licenses.
Cliff Franklin – Townsville Service Manager
Cliff begun an Electrical apprenticeship in 1977 for a major fire contracting company, later working as a Service technician in Sydney. Cliff was transferred to Rockhampton for 6 years before accepting a position as Technical Director for PNG’s largest fire company. In 1996 Cliff Joined Premier Fire (NQ) Pty Ltd and was a shareholder and Director from 1998 to 2010.
Cliff has all relevant QBCC licenses and manages the service and maintenance division in Townsville.
Simon Porter – Mackay Region Manager
Simon has had twenty-six years experience in the fire industry and commenced with Premier Fire in 2014. He has all appropriate QBCC licenses and has completed industry run courses in special hazards, fire alarms and EWIS along with sprinkler system installation and design. He manages the operations of the Mackay branch.
Howard Lawn – Airlie Beach Manager
Howard commenced with Premier Fire Protection in 2006 and has 19 years experience in the fire protection industry. He is electrical trade qualified and holds Queensland occupational licences in fire detection systems, sprinkler and suppression systems, hydrants, hose reels, portable equipment, fire pumps and fire doors. He now manages the day to day operations of our Airlie Beach branch.