The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has appointed Steve Davies as its new Chief Executive Officer. Having joined the Association on 1 March, Steve will officially take the reins at the ASFP’s 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 leadership, as well as technical and operational capability from a 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 was CEO for over seven years. He led the association through a successful period of growth and development, including the establishment of a UKAS-accredited product testing laboratory and an industry-specific training academy. Prior to this, he was CEO of the newly established National Skills Academy for Power, responsible for its creation, growth and development; and Chief Executive/Commercial Director at Make UK/EEF Ltd, where he was responsible for the operational and strategic management of a regional association, as well as UK-wide commercial activity.
Speaking of his appointment, Steve declared:
“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 technical and regulatory affairs, stated:
“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.”
FIS Technical Director, Joe Cillia added: “We were at the forefront of thinking about post installation service penetrations when we started to address service penetrations in flexible walls in 2013, collaborated to produce a Fire Labeling scheme and ultimately to produce the much heralded fire stopping of service penetrations at the end of last year.
“Niall leaves a great legacy of work with FIS and we wish him well in in his new role and look forward to strengthening our relationship with the new ASFP CEO Steve Davies.”