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Technical and Regulatory Affairs team expanded at ASFP

11 September 2023

THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has once again expanded the team at headquarters. On this occasion, the Technical and Regulatory Affairs team has been enlarged with the promotion of Dr Andrew Taylor to head of technical and the appointment of Stuart Southall to the role of technical officer. Also, Rebecca Barber will be providing maternity cover for Sona Chandi as finance and membership executive.

Stuart Southall boasts upwards of 18 years’ experience in the construction industry as a technical and sales manager. He possesses a strong technical knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of specifications in various markets. Specialising in passive fire protection – notably in relation to walls, ceilings, steel and concrete protection – Southall joins the Association from ASFP member company Encon, where he has served as regional fire protection manager.

Armed with an in-depth knowledge of both active and passive fire protection, Southall is keen to raise fire safety awareness. Notably, Southall is looking forward to further developing the ASFP’s publications, playing an active role at events and helping to answer technical queries.

Rebecca Barber is an experienced AAT Level 2-qualified accounts assistant who enjoys working as part of a team. Having previously occupied the role of accounts and office manager for Sentinel Gas Systems, Barber brings a wide range of administrative, accounting and problem-solving skills, which will help to further enrich the ASFP’s member services offer.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Stuart and Rebecca to the ASFP team,” enthused Mike Ward, managing director at the ASFP. “The expansion of the Association’s highly respected Technical and Regulatory Affairs team is long overdue. I congratulate Andy on his new enhanced role and am pleased to supply additional resources to enable us to further expand our technical services. Stuart’s extensive fire safety and construction industry experience will provide a welcome boost to the technical support we can provide.”

Ward added: “We’re also delighted to welcome Becky to the administrative team. Her strong team-working experience and proven versatility make her an ideal fit for this varied role and will ensure that the ASFP can continue to support its members through the delivery of enhanced professional services.”

Passive fire protection

Insulation, drywall, and ceiling products distributor CCF is investing in both its product offer and technical expertise to better support its customers in meeting the new fire safety regulations.

The extensive work that CCF has been doing has led to the distributor securing a prestigious nomination at the ASFP Awards 2023 in the ‘Highest Engagement of the Year’ category. As well as attending numerous events, members of CCF’s technical team have also been working closely with the ASFP to improve their practical and technical knowledge of passive fire protection strategies. This includes the ongoing development of CCF’s own competency frameworks and investment in dedicated fire safety training events for colleagues and customers alike.

CCF has experience of working in the housebuilding market, specifically so on high-rise residential schemes, and on projects across the commercial, education and healthcare sectors. The company’s investment in technical competency will support its range of passive fire protection products, which includes fire stopping solutions for building voids and service penetrations, cavity barriers, fire-resistant plasterboards and stone wool slabs and insulation boards.

Jol Berg, head of technical at CCF, stated: “With the implementation of the Building Safety Act 2022, the correct use of passive fire protection has never been more important. At CCF, we’re committed to supporting our customers. We want to help them identify fully compliant and cost-effective solutions. This can only be done by ensuring we have the correct depth of technical knowledge and product training and that we keep our skills sharp and up-to-date.”

Berg concluded: “Our work with the ASFP has been a key part of our journey so far. We’re delighted to have been recognised with this award nomination.”

The ASFP Awards aim to recognise and reward those companies leading the way in the passive fire protection market through innovation, technical expertise and competency. The 2023 winners will be announced on 23 November.

*For further information on the ASFP – and for passive fire protection advice in general – visit www.asfp.org.uk