The Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF) has announced a new executive team, following the retirement of long-standing Chairman David Sugden.

Mike Wood has been appointed Chair, supported by Ross Newman as Vice Chair and Niall Rowan, who will head up the Federation’s Strategy Group.

The new team, which has extensive experience of the passive fire protection sector, aims to build on the strong foundations laid by Mr Sugden during his 17 years as Chairman.

“Bringing together the expertise of the passive fire protection industry, the PFPF is recognised industry-wide as an authoritative body which can offer independent advice and guidance on the, design, performance, installation and maintenance of passive fire protection products,” said Mr Wood.

“This success is in no small part due to the hard work and dedication of David, who has chaired the Federation since its formation in 1995. David leaves the PFPF in a strong position and I look forward to building on this success through continued campaigning to advance fire safety best practice and educate the wider community.”

Having been the Federation’s Vice-Chair and Strategy Group leader since 2003, Mike Wood has a wealth of experience in the passive fire protection sector as well as in fire safety design and regulation. He is a specialist consultant in fire resistant glazing technology and worked as a senior business development manager and glass technologist with Pilkington Glass for almost 40 years until his recent retirement.

Ross Newman is a Principal Test Engineer with Chiltern International Fire (CIF). He has worked in the passive fire resistance testing and assessment sector since 2004 and has an extensive knowledge of both British and European standards. Ross represents CIF on a range of national and European committee meetings and plays a key role in developing a number of British and CEN European Norm standards. He is a member of the UK Fire Test Study Group and has been a long-standing member of the PFPF’s Strategy Group.

Niall Rowan offers over 30 years of passive fire protection experience, specialising in testing and certification. He is currently Technical Officer for the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), as well as working as Divisional Strategic Projects Manager with Exova Warringtonfire. Niall manages the ASFP’s technical input including drafting publications such as the Yellow Book and Technical Guidance Documents, as well as running several ASFP technical committees. He has an extensive knowledge of British and Europe and standards and, in fact, drafted all 12 major fire resistance test standards published in 1999/2000 in support of the Construction Products Directive.

Thanking members for their many years of support, Mr Sugden reviewed some of the Federation’s achievements and offered encouragement to the new team. He said: “Since its formation in the mid-1990s, the PFPF has succeeded in raising the profile of passive fire protection in the eyes of many clients and members of the construction industry and has had an impact on the way legislation is drafted that will improve public safety for future generations.  
"We now need to continue that education process through the contract chain; from the concept of a building to and through occupation. I leave the Federation in very capable hands and wish it well in extending its education campaign more widely."

Posted 20/03/2013 by richard.hook@pavpub.com