Astron Fire and Security is a family owned business started in 2010, and it is our aim to put people at the centre of every fire and security solution we provide. We invest in training our engineers to the highest level, and all of our qualified staff have the approved certified fire training required to install, commission and carry out maintenance on fire alarms, as well as having training in all other disciplines. Our talented team are involved in all aspects of running the business and their opinion counts. We are proud of how they have worked through the pandemic and their attention to keeping themselves and others safe.
Our motto is ‘Protecting what you value’ and we strive to do this at all times.
Greg van Laun
Leading the team is Managing Director Greg van Laun, with over 35 years of experience in the Fire and Security industry, both in South Africa and the UK. Standing on a foundation of technical product and market knowledge, Greg delivers designs, and offers advice, in often-challenging environments. He is approved by the NSI as a Nominated Designer, as well as holding the FIA Fire Risk Assessor certificate. Greg is crazy about most sports, was an avid cricket player in his younger days, and still loves his golf.
Simon van Laun
Operations Director (SMSTS)
Simon works with his operations team at the heart of the business, making sure our clients are looked after and ensuring nothing is missed. He is approved by NSI as a Nominated Designer, as well as holding the FIA Fire Risk Assessor certificate. Simon studied at Kings College in London and has obtained his CITB Site Manager Safety Training Scheme certificate. Simon was a keen cricket player and still enjoys the odd social game, when he is not on his latest woodwork project.
Natasha runs our office in Portbury and works closely with the directors in all facets of the business. She is an essential part of the Operations team and a point of contact with our clients, there is nothing that bypasses her scrutiny, and nobody gets to the phone quicker. Natasha loves being outdoors and looks forward to her family holidays of sun, sea and a good book. This is her escape from work and endless renovation DIY!
Caitlyn recently relocated from Newcastle to Bristol and has joined the team with experience of having worked in a family run fire and security business for 5 years. This means she is not fazed by the fast pace in the office and has already proved a great help with the workload.
Jordan joined Astron in 2019 after working as an engineer in the industry for several years. His role involves working with Simon and Natasha in the Operations team to ensure that clients are looked after as well as being involved in the specifications of installations. Because of his experience, Jordan provides technical support to the engineers and to clients, and will go on site if needed.
Helen van Laun
Financial Director (SMSTS)
Helen keeps us in check financially and administratively, and makes sure that we comply with our ISO9001 and NACOSS Gold accreditations. She works with Greg on marketing, Simon on health and safety implementation, and the team on quality management. Helen has her CITB Site Manager Safety Scheme certificate. She loves her garden and reading, and escapes to both when she can.
Engineer and Head of Stores
Alan is a qualified electrician and sub-contracted to us for two years before joining the team in 2018. Alan has been working as an engineer and his years of experience running his own business made him the perfect person to take over the running of our stores. He is now the go-to person for the engineers, making sure they are all looked after on site. Alan has two much-treasured Irish Red Setters that keep him and his wife busy.
Senior Engineer (SSSTS)
Jason is a qualified electrician and joined us with mostly access control experience but due to his determination, has progressed impressively, and he is is now qualified in all disciplines, with a specialism in CCTV. Jason has achieved his CITB Site Supervisors Training Scheme certificate. He is happiest when responsible for a large installation and left to get on with it. Jason is a family man, which takes up most of his spare time.
Senior Engineer (SSSTS)
Sean spent several years in the British Army qualifying as a vehicle mechanic and had worked his way up to Supervisor level in civilian life, when he decided to retrain as an electrician and then to follow a career in fire and security. Sean constantly challenges himself and is now qualified in all disciplines and is involved in training others. Sean is a family man, and he enjoys travel, camping and water sports. He still finds time to tinker in his garage and play for his local skittles team.
Growing up in South Africa, Andrew joined the British Army where for several years he served around the world including Brunei, Kenya and Canada. Although he did not have experience in the security field when he joined us, he has shown enthusiasm and a natural ability to tackle all of the disciplines. Andrew has now passed his fire training and is working well independently and as an integral part of the team. Andrew enjoys playing rugby, and loves scuba diving and dogs.
Alexander van Laun
Alexander joined the company as a trainee engineer. He has made great progress, and enjoys the team camaraderie. His dream is to be a professional golfer and he uses all his earnings and holidays to play tournaments.
Chris was new to Fire and Security when he joined us in January 2021, but had considerable experience as a structural repairs specialist. Chris brings his Northern humour to the team and has progressed well in his knowledge of the industry. In his spare time Chris is overhauling his campervan.
The services Astron provide have been nothing less than first-class; they turn urgent requests for advice into tailored solutions including the review of options and alternatives with cost and qualitative appraisals.
The agreed solutions have been implemented on a fast-track basis including the provision of training on the use of the software and ongoing customer care.
Paul Lowndes – Project Director
Gravity - Former BAE Systems Site
We committed ourselves to Astron to install both fire and intruder systems as they seemed very professional. On appointing Astron they quickly set the wheels in motion to install the systems. Simon was very professional in his approach with timescales, and would always update me on the progress of the fit.
Astron has also provided outstanding after care when we have asked various questions about testing the system etc. I would highly recommend Astron to anyone.
SK Horsewell – Operations Manager
Horizon Geosciences Ltd
It is a pleasure to work with a professional company such as Astron, the team provide exceptional service and management of our fire & security systems ensuring continued
compliance and operation.
Ian MacBeth MIWFM – Facilities Manager Hinkley and Sedgmoor
John West (Contractors) Ltd FM
Astron have provided an excellent and professional service, delivering what they say when they say, on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to our guests.
Tim Jones – CEO
Host - Hinkley and Sedgmoor Accomodation
We would highly recommend Astron. They have been professional and friendly at all times. They get the job done and respond immediately to feedback.
The police have caught 4 different people on the basis of the CCTV.
Anna Swift – Manager
The Bristolian Cafe
Astron have carried out major system installs, small additions to existing set ups, and fault finding. Their annual servicing is very thorough, any faults are discussed, and solutions agreed with the engineer.
They are open and informative at every stage of the install and their engineers are dedicated and very professional. The work was completed in a timely manner and to a very high standard.
Darren Hill – Health, Safety and Projects Director
Arthur David Food with Service
Having recently updated our alarm system with Astron we couldn’t be happier. The customer support during and after installation has been fantastic, nothing is too much trouble and all our queries – no matter how small – are answered quickly.
Ella C – Homeowner
I am writing to say how pleased we are with the recent installation and upgrade of CCTV cameras to our offices.
It was all handled thoroughly and very efficiently by excellent, friendly, polite and professional engineers. They are a credit to your company.
RA – Director
Bristol and London PLC
The new automatic door you fitted to the main entrance of our building is brilliant. In a building of 50+ apartments there is inevitably a variety of handicapped residents and visitors. The remote control makes such a difference and I can now gain easy access.
JP – Resident
A recent installation was completed very satisfactorily, to time and within budget. The advice and professionalism shown by Astron Fire and Security personnel was exemplary.
The team worked in a flexible way to accommodate our office and business needs and we would have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Howard Cox – Facilities Operations Officer
Department for Environment, Food and Rural
We are exceptionally happy with Astron’s performance and the work
that has been carried out
Simon Ridge – Head of Estates
We the Curious