Head of Legal Services
Tell us about your role
I am responsible for all legal advice for the Service and the Authority. I am also the Authority's Monitoring Officer which, along with the Head of Paid Service (Chief Fire Officer) and Treasurer, is one of the three statutory officer appointments the Authority has to make. This role means that in addition to making sure everything the Service does is lawful, I am also the Authority's principal advisor in relation to governance and standards. As such, I'm responsible for the Committee & Member Services team who co-ordinate and support the work of the Fire Authority and for overseeing the arrangements for information governance, including data protection and freedom of information requests.
Tell us more about your fire service career
I began my role for the Fire Service in 2012. Prior to working for HWFRS, I was employed by a local authority for 26 years as both a solicitor and senior manager with responsibility for a range of corporate functions. As a result of this, I have substantial knowledge and experience that I am able to apply in my current role.
What makes HWFRS a great place to work?
I like to know that my work is appreciated and that I'm adding value to the organisation.