The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) announcing new Chief Executive Officer

Date: 2021-03-15

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The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) announcing new Chief Executive Officer

The Specialist Fire Protection Association (ASFP) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Steve Davies as its current Chief Executive Officer. After joining the Organization on 1 March, Steve will formally step down at the ASFP AGM on 28 April, when outgoing CEO Niall Rowan will stand down.

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer “by trade”, Steve brings a wealth of experience in senior management, as well as technical and organisational skills from a wide range of industry sectors. He is a skilled trade association CEO with a strong track record of advancing and growing the reach and profile of such organisations, as well as developing and improving member support and services.

Steve joins the ASFP from the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), where he has been CEO for more than years. He led the association through a fruitful growth and development phase, including the establishment of a UKAS-accredited product testing laboratory and an industry-specific training academy. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed National Skills Academy for Power, responsible for its establishment, growth and development; and Chief Executive / Commercial Director of Make UK/EEF Ltd, responsible for the operational and strategic management of the regional association, as well as the UK-wide commercial activity.

Speaking of his nomination, Steve said:

"I am excited to join the ASFP at such a pivotal point in its development. The Association has gone through a period of substantial change and growth in recent years. I will build on its achievements and continue its transformation into a modern, professional and outward-reaching association that will represent the needs of its members and the industry long into the future."

"The ASFP has an enviable reputation as a leading authority on passive fire protection. While continuing to develop and improve the services and support offered to members, I will seek to raise the ASFP’s influence in the wider construction industry, ensuring that the competency and professionalism of the Association and its members is recognised throughout the sector."

"Further development of the Association’s highly successful technical and training offerings will be key to its future growth. New frameworks for delivery will take these to the next phase and enable the ASFP to reach a broader audience and advance knowledge and guidance on all aspects of ‘built-in’ fire protection.

Outgoing CEO Niall Rowan, who will continue to work for the ASFP with a focus on technological and regulatory matters, said:

"It has been a great honour to lead the ASFP through this period of huge change in the fire and construction sectors and to steer its growth and development, including overseeing the launch of its highly successful Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection."

"I am delighted to welcome Steve to the ASFP team and look forward to supporting him as he leads the Association through this next phase of its development."

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