Our Trustees are a body of volunteers who bring a wide range of knowledge, experience and expertise to the Charity. The Trustees approve The Fire Fighters Charity’s strategic and business plans and annual budget. They must ensure that everything done by the Charity is genuinely and solely in pursuit of its objectives. The Fire Fighters Charity has 15 Trustees who are appointed by the Charity’s company members.
Joined the Board of Trustees in December 2011
Andrew was appointed Chair in November 2016, having previously been Deputy Chair and having first joined the Board in 2011. Andrew has been involved in the fire sector since 1998 when he joined the Fire Group of publications and events at DMG World Media. Andrew has been Editor of FIRE magazine since 2000 and is the Managing Editor of the Fire Group at Pavilion Publishing. He is also Editor of International Fire Professional on behalf of the Institution of Fire Engineers and is the founder and organiser of events such as the Fire Congresses and the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards. His other volunteer roles include being Vice Chair of the Fire Sector Federation and Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group. Through his work on FIRE magazine and the wider fire sector, Andrew has had close links with The Fire Fighters Charity since 1998.
Peter Davies, Deputy Chair
Joined the Board of Trustees in November
Peter was appointed Deputy Chair in November 2016, he joined Kent Fire & Rescue Service in 1979 and became a leading member of its Health & Safety Accident Investigation Board. As an operational officer he was part of the Service’s specialist Marine Firefighting and Rope Rescue teams. He retired after 31 years of service.
Peter has been a continuous volunteer for the Charity since 1980, holding positions of Station Representative, Brigade and Group Secretary, Group Secretary and Regional Coordinator for the South-East and London. As well as being in his second term of office as a Trustee he is a Director of the Fire Fighters Trading Company and Chair of the Finance & Audit Sub-committee. Peter is MD and owner of a security installation company and is a keen squash and tennis player. He lives in Broadstairs, Kent, and has been married to Jenny for 35 years. They have two grown up children, Katy and James.
Paul Fuller, Member of the Board of Trustees
Joined the Board of Trustees in December
Paul Fuller has been the Chief Fire Officer for Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service since 2002. He joined the Fire Service in 1978 and worked for West Midlands, West Sussex, Staffordshire and Wiltshire in Operations, Staff, Fire Prevention, Training and Command functions. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers, has a MsC in Human Resources Management and a BsC in Fire Safety Technology and Management. Paul is the Chair of CFOA Services Limited, deputy of Fire Sector Federation and a trustee for the Children’s Burns Trust. He is a regular fundraiser for the Charity, recently completing the British Gas Great East 1 Mile Open Water Swim and the Great London 1 Mile Open Water Swim for us. Paul is married to Helen, and has three children.
Andrew Best joined the Board of Trustees in November 2013. Andrew is a former Chief Fire Officer and long-time Charity supporter. Andrew has been a Company Member of the Charity for more than 15 years and has served as a Regional Coordinator for the North West since 2008, as well as our interim Volunteer Manager in 2011-12. He is also a Life Patron of the Charity – an award given at the 2008 Spirit of Fire Awards.
Chris is a Station Manager with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. He has been involved with the Charity since joining Charlbury Fire Station as a retained firefighter in 1993. Chris is a 4th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, and has more than 30 years experience in martial arts. A married dad of two, Chris is also a big fan of flamenco and runs his own publishing company. He has even written his own ‘how to’ flamenco guide, with some of the profits coming to the Charity.
Ernest has extensive experience in the voluntary sector. Currently developing, managing and delivering a wide range of improvement projects in local government across the country, he has led numerous reviews of Fire and Rescue Services Operational Assessments and Equality Framework Assessment and managed our Peer Challenge in February 2014. He has extensive experience of regeneration and cross-sector working and has also worked in the private sector (GlaxoSmithKline) and civil service (for the Department of Health and Social Security).
Jane is a qualified physiotherapist who has worked extensively in healthcare specialising in neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury and multiple sclerosis. She has managed a range of rehabilitation services, developed education courses and written for clinical textbooks. Jane has two adult children and lives in Somerset with chickens, ducks and cats. She enjoys swimming, travelling and is a silversmith.
Tom is the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive for Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service, and has served with them since 1988. He has worked across areas including Learning and Development and Corporate Support, becoming ACO Community Safety in 2009 and then CFO in 2012. He was recently awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours list.
Roddy is an advocate at the Scottish Bar. He lives in the Scottish Borders with his wife and three children. He was a retained firefighter for 6 years, serving in Dumfries & Galloway and Lothian & Borders (prior to amalgamation with the Scottish FRS).
Andy Hickmott is Chief Fire Officer of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. He is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and CFOA, sitting on the latter’s Members Sounding Board. He began his career in London Fire Brigade, rising to Group Commander and later becoming Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. He later worked as an Assistant Commissioner within London Fire Brigade, responsible for operational service delivery across South London. He is a keen golfer and is married with four children.
Lynn Mirley is a qualified accountant working in the public sector, the wife of a serving retained firefighter from the Scottish Borders and the mother of two children. She studied at Heriot-Watt University before joining Shell’s finance graduate programme. She has wide experience covering financial planning, decision support, financial management and systems, technical accounting and developing governance frameworks, as well as strategy. She is currently the Corporate Finance Manager at Scottish Borders Council, leading a finance and procurement team of 45 staff and part of the Council’s senior management.
Howard Robinson has served as a uniformed member of the Fire and Rescue Service since 1978 and is the former Director of Corporate Resources and Assistant Chief Officer for Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service. Howard has been involved with the Charity for over 30 years, with a particular focus on charity fundraising. Howard is one of two Portfolio Trustees responsible for staff and governance issues for the Charity.
Andy Perry, Member of the Board of Trustees
Joined the Board of Trustees in November 2016
Andrew Perry is Area Manager in Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and has served with them since 1991. He has worked across various areas including Fire Prevention and Protection, Health and Safety, Learning and Development, Operations and Projects.
David Brown, Member of the Board of Trustees
Joined the Board of Trustees in November 2016
David has been involved in publishing for the Fire & Rescue Service since 1988 when he first worked on FIRE magazine. Now joint Managing Director of Broden Media, David publishes Emergency Services Times and organises the annual Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Living in Guildford, he is married with 3 grown up children and enjoys trekking, fishing (when time allows) and has just started paddle boarding on his local river!
Joined the Board of Trustees in November 2017
Dr. Rowena Hill is a psychologist who works at a Nottingham Trent University. Within her work as an academic she has dedicated her career to researching the health and wellbeing of the UK Fire and Rescue Service. She chairs and contributes to conferences related to fire research, is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers, taught at the Fire Service College for a number of years as a visiting lecturer and has a number of peer reviewed publications, commissioned reports and conference presentations on the topic of firefighter health and wellbeing. Through her professional activities she has seen the benefits that the Charity provides to the fire community.
Harvey Grenville, Member of the Board of Trustees
Joined the Board of Trustees in November 2017
Harvey is Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, the regulator for charities in England and Wales. As a member of the Commission’s senior leadership team, he is responsible for the conduct and effective delivery of the Commission’s statutory inquiries which investigate and tackle serious abuse or mismanagement in charities. He qualified as an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist in 2015.
Harvey has extensive experience in the military charity sector. He was the Commission’s technical and operational lead for military charities from 2005 to 2013 during a period of significant change for the sector. He has been a trustee of a regimental museum since 2011, and has also served as a volunteer welfare case worker for a large military charity and a regimental association.
Harvey joined the Commission in 2002 shortly after gaining an Executive MSc from Cranfield University. Prior to joining the Commission he had a successful career in the private sector in UK and Europe latterly as a Business Unit Director for FTSE 100 companies managing complex retail supply chain and logistics operations .He has previously served in the TA and completed around 5 years with Hampshire and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services latterly as a retained Leading Fire Fighter.