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ASFP expands top team

07 February 2018

THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has expanded its team with the appointment of a new head of training and a new technical officer to take forward a number of key initiatives planned for 2018.

Phil Brownhill has been appointed as head of training to establish the ASFP’s extensive new training programme which is scheduled for launch in March 2018, while Andrew Taylor (pictured) has been appointed as technical officer to continue the Association’s vital role in developing industry guidance and promoting best practice.

Phil has over 30 years of experience in the passive fire protection industry, having started his career with Promat in 1989 and worked for a range of manufacturers including Cafco and Isolatek International. He also worked with BRE/LPCB in the development of its Installer certification scheme.  Phil has been involved in a range of ASFP, BSI and CEPE committees and was Chairman of the TG2 task group responsible for non-reactive fire protection to steel sector. 

Commenting on his appointment Phil stated: “I am delighted to have joined the ASFP team at this pivotal time. The Association’s new training initiative will significantly raise the bar and improve understanding of passive fire protection for all involved in the built environment, as well as improving the quality of installed systems. 

“Unlike currently available courses, this new training programme is recognised by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and will allow trainees to demonstrate competency while also offering a route for progression and academic recognition in this key fire protection specialism. Candidates will work to obtain an IFE Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in passive fire protection, with Level 3 candidates eligible to apply for IFE membership at Technician Grade (TIFireE). IFE qualifications are recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) which means they have real academic value as well as defined equivalence with overseas qualifications.” 

New technical officer Andrew Taylor also offers more than 30 years of experience in the fire protection coating industry. Having worked in the field of fire resistance product research and development and testing, Andy initially worked on reactive coatings for steelwork at Leighs Paints/Sherwin Williams, and more recently on both intumescent coatings and firestopping at tremco-illbruck. 

Andy has worked on various ASFP, CEPE, CEN and BSi committees involved in writing standards and guidance.  He has a chemistry degree from Bristol University, and a PhD in the material science of intumescent coatings from Manchester University.

On joining the ASFP team, Andy stated: “I very much look forward to working with ASFP members through our Technical Task Groups and with other industry stakeholders to ensure the Association can continue to influence policy, respond to changing standards and create essential technical guidance. 

“I am eager to assist the Association’s work with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in developing a Plan of Works for Fire Protection, which aims to ensure there is a detailed specification for fire protection at the design stage and a schedule for fire throughout the construction process. I believe this work will be key to ensuring the safety of our future built environment.

“The ASFP is recognised as the leading authority in passive fire protection, well known for its technical expertise and its extensive range of industry guidance both for the specifier and installer. With Building Regulations and fire safety legislation under review following the Grenfell tragedy, ASFP’s expertise will once again be vital in establishing appropriate technical guidance and offering support to stakeholders throughout the sector.”

For further information on the ASFP and advice on passive fire protection, visit www.asfp.org.uk