Our Strategic Leadership Team has overall responsibility for running the Service.
Chief Fire Officer
Ben began his fire service career in 1994 and has been Chief Fire Officer since 1 December 2016.
The Chief Fire Officer is the Head of Paid Service, responsible for operational leadership of the Fire and Rescue Service.
He is also the Fire and Rescue Authority’s professional adviser on all matters which are not the responsibility of either the Treasurer or the Clerk & Monitoring Officer.
T: 01722 691066[email protected]
Deputy Chief Fire Officer - Director of Corporate Services
Derek has worked for the Fire Service for nearly 20 years, and was appointed as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2017.
Responsible for overall coordination of Service strategy and performance, he is the strategic lead for health & safety, ICT and Corporate Support, which includes Information Governance, Democratic and Executive Services, business analysis and communications and engagement.
T: 01722 691072[email protected]
Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Director of Community Safety
Andy’s fire service career began in 2004 as an on-call firefighter, and he became an Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2021.
As Director of Community Safety, Andy is responsible for Area Commands, Prevention, Protection, Service Control Centre, operational risk and operational guidance, resourcing, on-call development and operational communications. Andy is also the strategic lead for the Network Fire Services Partnership (NFSP) and is the SLT champion for the M.E. network.
Assistant Chief Officer - Director of People
Jenny has worked for the fire service for more than 25 years and has been Director of People Services since 2016.
Strategic lead for Operational Training, Learning & Development and Human Resources.
T: 01722 691070[email protected]
Head of Financial Services & Treasurer
As Head of Financial Services & Treasurer, Ian is responsible for capital and revenue budgets, Medium Term Financial Plan, financial systems, exchequer and Treasurer to the Fire and Rescue Authority.
T: 01722 691109[email protected]
Head of Corporate Support
As Head of Corporate Support, Vikki is responsible for information governance, cyber security, information systems and data management, corporate communications and engagement, executive support and democratic services.
T: 01722 691082[email protected]