Chief Fire Officer
What does a typical day in your role entail?
A typical work day as the Chief Fire Officer can be extremely varied and no two days are ever the same.
One day I could be chairing Worcestershire's Connecting Families Strategic Board, which oversees the delivery of the county's Children and Young People's Plan with other public and voluntary sector partners; on other I could be working with our Senior Management Board setting out, progressing and monitoring the strategic direction of the Service. Alternatively, I could be meeting with politicians, dignitaries and business leaders in Herefordshire in order to promote the role of the Service in delivering safety communities. And at anytime I could be called upon to command our response to a major emergency incident anywhere across the two counties.
From a national perspective, I also lead the Environment and Sustainability reference for the National Fire Chiefs Council, which involves working proactively with national partners such as the Environment Agency, the Met Office and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to ensure the Fire Service is well prepared as an organisation to meet the challenges brought about by the impacts of climate change.
Why do you like working for HWFRS?
One of the things that I enjoy most about working for HWFRS is knowing that each and every person in the Service is making a difference to people's lives across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The safety of the community is at the forefront of everything we do and it's great to lead an organisation where all our people are passionate about their jobs and serving their communities.
How do you play a part in Saving More Lives?
Everything we do as an organisation ultimately contributes towards saving lives, however, our vision of 'Saving More Lives' is about developing our work beyond what is expected of a traditional fire and rescue service. As Chief Fire Officer, I lead on building relationships at a senior level and seek out opportunities where the organisation can add even more value to support the most vulnerable people in our society - helping them to lead safer, heathier and more independent lives.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy walking, cycling, watching team sports (especially rugby) and gardening.