Our Annual General Meeting, held in Stratford-Upon-Avon last week, saw two new trustees appointed to our Trustee Board, as well as the reappointment of some of our dedicated existing trustees and the publication of our latest Impact Report.

Joining our Board of Trustees this year are Shantha Dickinson, Deputy Chief Officer of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, and Roger Thomas, Chief Fire Officer of Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

John Baines was reappointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees, while Simon Routh-Jones and George Wood were also reappointed as Trustees.

The AGM also marked the end of Andy Hickmott’s time on the Board.

You can find out more about our new Trustees here:

Shantha Dickinson:

Shantha Dickinson is Deputy Chief Officer of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

Within her role, Shantha is responsible for the development of policy, performance and assurance, and organisational learning, for her Service. She also completed the Fire Executive Leadership Programme in 2016 and is an alumna of the National Leadership Centre ‘Accelerate’ programme.

Shantha began her career serving as an officer in the British Army, before moving into local government and the fire sector. She has undertaken a variety of roles within Hampshire & Isle of Wight, as well as nationally, which have all shared a common theme: using intelligence to improve firefighter and public safety.

Shantha is also the National Fire Chiefs Council lead for the Charity, working with a diverse group of colleagues from the sector to enable the Charity to extend its reach and relevance to beneficiaries.

Roger Thomas:

Roger is currently Chief Fire Officer of Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service (MWWFRS). He has worked in the service since 1996 and has extensive experience managing disparate areas of work, including training delivery, organisational development, national resilience, community risk reduction and corporate planning and performance.

In 2007/08, Roger was seconded to Welsh Government, acting as an advisor for the implementation of the Integrated Personal Development System.

Roger is also a Trustee of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Vice Chair of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Public Services Boards and Senior Responsible Officer for the Wales Safer Communities Network.

We also re-appointed three of our existing Trustees, Chair John Baines, Simon Routh-Jones and George Wood:

You can read more about them and see our full leadership team HERE.

Meanwhile, our Impact Report is now available to view too, after being presented at the AGM:

2021/22 Impact Report

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