The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has appointed Niall Rowan as its new chief operations officer. The appointment, which results from the retirement of Wilf Butcher as outgoing chief executive officer, forms part of a planned reorganisation of the Association’s structure which will take effect from 1 January 2017.

niall-rowan-ls-2Niall Rowan (right) moves from technical officer to chief operations officer to oversee the day to day management of the ASFP undertaking much of the role of the outgoing chief executive officer. Niall will also retain overall responsibility for technical policy and strategy.

Speaking about his appointment Niall Rowan said: “Interest in the ASFP and its work has never been so high and I intend to build on this momentum to cement its position as the pre-eminent trade association in the passive fire protection area.

“I would like to thank Wilf for the tremendous job he has done in bringing the Association to where we are today and look forward to working with him in the further development of the ASFP’s training activities.”