FIRA International, the UK’s leading furniture technology centre, has confirmed the appointment of Gemma Buffham as its new senior technician for flammability and physical upholstery testing.

Gemma, a graduate of the University of Manchester, with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Textile Science and Technology, joins FIRA from West Yorkshire Materials Testing, where she gained experience of upholstery and personal protective equipment testing (PPE).

Commenting on her appointment, FIRA’s testing operations manager, Howard James, said: “We are really pleased to have Gemma join our team. Her technical knowledge will be great asset to both FIRA and our clients. We wish her every success in her career at FIRA.”

As well as working for FIRA International, Gemma has also taken on the role of representing the Furniture Industry Research Association at a number of British Standards committees developing standards for textiles.