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ASFP appoints new governing Council in wake of 2021 AGM

01 June 2021

THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has announced the appointment of its new chair and vice-chair in addition to electing a new governing Council. The news follows on from the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held online on 28 April, and the appointment of Steve Davies in the CEO’s role following Niall Rowan’s decision to stand down from office.

The ASFP Council now comprises the following individuals:

Chris Miles – UL (chair)

Clive Miles – CLM Fireproofing (vice-chair)

Clive Atkins – Fire Protection Coatings Group

Carl Atkinson – IDFC Ltd

Barry Beavis – Sharpfibre Ltd

Sharon McClure – Avesta

Nigel Morrey – Etex Building Performance Ltd

David Murphy – Fire Protection Specialists (Ireland)

Jamie O’Hagan – Structural Fireproofing Systems Ltd

Bob Westcombe – Rockwool

Ian Woodhouse – IFC

Chris Miles (pictured) takes on the role of chair from Roger Williams of Sherwin-Williams who has stood down following the completion of his two-year term in office. Clive Miles of CLM Fireproofing is the newly-elected vice-chair.

Chris Miles has more than 30 years of experience in the passive fire protection industry. He started his career setting up fire resistance tests in laboratories, moving on to the certification of products and systems and latterly working as the head of UL (an EU Notified Body). Currently, Miles is regional business director for UL’s built environment business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Period of rapid growth

Commenting on his appointment as chair of the ASFP, Miles stated: “The ASFP has gone through a period of rapid growth and, in the last year, implemented a number of major changes, including the appointment of a new secretariat and CEO, as well as further developing its training offer to include a revolutionary e-Learning platform. All of this has happened alongside a global pandemic.”

He continued: “The ASFP is recognised and respected as a leading authority on passive fire protection and I’m confident that these latest changes will work to the organisation’s benefit, enabling it to further expand its influence and importance in the construction sector.”

Miles concluded: “The Association now has the resources to better support the needs of the passive fire protection sector and to influence the safety of buildings as we embrace upcoming regulatory change here in the UK.”

Essential standards

The ASFP is the UK’s leading Trade Association for the passive fire protection sector. The organisation was formed in 1975 in recognition of a need to bring together passive fire protection manufacturers, contractors and testing/certification bodies to encourage, develop and give guidance on essential standards in passive fire protection.

The ASFP serves and represents the needs of its members and the wider passive fire protection industry by raising standards and competence through the training, testing and certification of installation and maintenance.

Importantly, the ASFP aims to advance knowledge and guidance on all aspects of ‘built-in’ fire protection, provide technical support and impartial advice, lead on regulatory and behavioural change as an independent authority and also improve competence and quality through training.