Adam Bannister

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
February 7, 2018

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ASFP appoints new technical officer and new head of training

Andrew Taylor, left, and Phil Brownhill

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has appointed Phil Brownhill as its new head of training and fire resistance expert Andrew Taylor to the role of technical officer.

Brownhill will draw on more than 30 years’ experience in passive fire protection in overseeing development of the ASFP’s new training programme, due to launch next month.

Andrew Taylor, whose pedigree in fire protection coating also spans more than three decades, will spearhead the association’s input into industry guidance and best practice.

Brownhill started his career with Promat in 1989, later working for Cafco and Isolatek International. He helped the BRE/LPCB in developing its installer certification scheme and has sat on many ASFP, BSI and CEPE committees.

He was also chairman of the TG2 task group responsible for non-reactive fire protection in the steel sector.

“Pivotal time”

“I am delighted to have joined the ASFP team at this pivotal time,” he said. “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.”

Andrew Taylor specialises in fire resistance product research and development and testing, specifically reactive coatings in steelwork during a stint at Leighs Paints/Sherwin Williams and, later, intumescent coatings and firestopping at tremco-illbruck.

He has sat on various ASFP, CEPE, CEN and BSi committees involved in writing standards and guidance.

Taylor has a chemistry degree from Bristol University and a PhD in the material science of intumescent coatings from Manchester University.

“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,” he said.

“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.”


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