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Organisation & management
Born in Manchester, John joined London Fire Brigade in 1981 having obtained an Honours degree in Politics from York University. Rising through the ranks he was heavily involved in officer training and the development of competence based standards for incident commanders during the 1990s, completing a research topic on effective team performance as part of his Brigade Command Course. This interest in incident command continues to date and has led to the publication of a number of articles and collaborative work with other public and private sector companies.
John holds a Master in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Fire Engineers. He continues to invest in his professional and personal development, completing the Cabinet Officers Top Management Programme in 2007 and the Windsor Leadership Trust Experience and Leadership Course in 2010.
For 3 years John was a member of the Presidential team of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, an organisation that plays a national role in policy formulation on behalf of the Service. During his tenure he served as President during 2009/10 and worked with senior officials and politicians to influence thinking on fire and rescue matters. Engagement with the media and frequent public speaking was a major element of the role. John continues to play an active role in CFOA as Chair of CNR Ltd.
John joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 2001 as Deputy Chief Officer and took on the role of Chief Officer in July 2004. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in 2007.