About Us

About Us

About Us

Fitz Coatings specialises in the provision of technical advice, guidance and consultancy to the protective coatings industry.

Founder Brendan Fitzsimons is a corrosion protection specialist with more than 35 years’ experience in the global coatings industry. This includes direct responsibility for the successful delivery of some of the world’s most demanding and high profile protective coatings projects, including the Forth Rail Bridge, Tower Bridge, and Royal Navy warships, as well as industrial sites and petrochemical complexes. Brendan is a chartered scientist and materials engineer who has become a global authority on protective coatings specification, application and development.

He is a NACE Protective Coatings Specialist, NACE Corrosion Specialist and a NACE Coating Inspector, and is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Corrosion. He is the author of the industry leading series of Fitz Atlas technical manuals and is consultant and course content author for the Corrodere surface treatment and coatings industry training programmes.


Brendan Fitzsimons

CSci, MSc, FICorr

A recognised technical authority in the protective coatings industry, established during a successful 30 year career at board director and senior management level in sector-leading companies.

Technical author

Technical Author for a number of global training programs for coatings applicators, coating inspectors (inc pipeline and fireproofing), coating supervisors and the management of coatings. Also responsible for technical papers, presentations and specialist publications on coating application, coating inspection and failure investigation.

  • Fitz’s Atlas of Coating Defects
  • Fitz’s Atlas of Coating Surveys  
  • Coatings Inspectors Manual
  • Visual Comparison Manual

Qualifications & industry accreditations

  • MSc Master’s Degree, Material Engineering
  • CSci Chartered Scientist
  • NACE Protective Coatings Specialist
  • NACE Corrosion Specialist
  • NACE Peer Reviewer
  • NACE Level 3 Coatings Inspector
  • FICorr Fellow Member of the Institute of Corrosion

Industry Awards

  • Clive H.Hare JPCL Top Thinkers Award 

Fitz Coatings, Managing Director
Fitz Coatings, Managing Director

Coatings Consultant and Technical Authority. Expert witness in paint disputes in high court arbitration and mediation. Investigation of paint failures and disputes on marine, offshore, petrochemical and construction industries, subject matter expert and coatings advisor.

Wood PLC, Technical Director
Wood PLC, Technical Director

Responsible for the provision and organisation of technical support, training, quality assurance and health and safety compliance for all group protective coatings and industrial services. This includes the development of bespoke cost control software for the effective management of high value painting and corrosion control projects in the marine, offshore,

Pyeroy Group, Divisional Director
Pyeroy Group, Divisional Director

Directly responsible to the managing director for the commercial performance and operation of protective coatings divisions operating in the North East, North West, Scotland and Ireland. Specialising in technically challenging and large scale asset protection programmes, landmark coatings projects included Royal Navy aircraft carriers and warships, the Forth Rail Bridge

Rigblast (Stork), Technical Director
Rigblast (Stork), Technical Director

Responsible for technical support and operation of the group’s coatings and linings division providing specialist insulation, anti-corrosion and fire protection systems to the offshore and petrochemical industries in the UK and Europe. Role included the development and introduction of consultancy and inspection services, in house testing facilities and new product

Barrier Group, Technical Director
Barrier Group,  Technical Director

Broad responsibility for all operational procedures and the technical capabilities of the company’s coatings activities. These included specialist in-house coatings facilities and on-site operations serving the offshore construction, maintenance and petrochemical sectors. Also acted as Health, Safety and Environmental director for the group to establish and maintain all regulatory compliances.

Jotun Paints, Technical Advisor
Jotun Paints, Technical Advisor

Technical advisor for Jotun paints working with the marine industries. Sectors included cargo tanks, ballast tanks, outside shell etc. Conducting survey work, inspection product and failure investigation.

Talk to our coatings experts today on +44 (0)7785 775 238 or ask us a question