29 Oct ASFP CEO announces plan to stand down
The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer following an announcement by the current CEO Niall Rowan of his intention to step down after the Association’s Annual General Meeting in 2021.
Niall took on the role of Chief Executive Officer at the ASFP at the start of 2017, having been the Association’s Technical Officer since 2010. Having taken over just before the Grenfell tragedy, Niall has led the ASFP through a period of huge change both for the Association and the fire and construction sectors.
During his tenure, Niall has played a hugely influential role, providing input to the full range of Government and industry committees tasked with transforming the building safety landscape and improving competency across the built environment and significantly raising the ASFP’s profile as the go-to authority on passive fire protection.
He has also presided over a period of substantial growth for the Association and overseen the launch of its highly successful Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection, which enables passive fire protection professionals to demonstrate their competency and study towards Level 2 and 3 qualifications awarded by the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Highlighting his intention to continue to support the Association in other roles, Niall stated:
“It has been a great honour to lead the ASFP through a period of such turbulence and change but I now feel the time is right for a new CEO to build on the achievements to date and complete the ASFP’s transformation into a modern, professional and outward-reaching association that can represent the needs of its members and the industry long into the future.”
ASFP Chair Roger Williams added:
“The Association wishes to thank Niall for his tireless work in promoting the ASFP and representing its views across the wider fire sector and built environment. He leaves the ASFP in a very strong position and ready to embark on an important period of change due to its substantial growth in recent years.
“We are seeking a new Chief Executive to build on this legacy and develop the ASFP’s future strategic direction. The new CEO will need to maximise the Association’s growth and revenue to ensure it continues to be the pre-eminent voice in the industry, improving standards across the passive fire protection industry and wider built environment.