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New Chief Constable confirmed for Wiltshire Police

Catherine Roper will be the next Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Panel approved the selection after PCC Philip Wilkinson selected her as his preferred candidate last month. Catherine takes over as Chief Constable after Kier Pritchard announced in November his intention to retire after 30 years in policing later this year…. Read more »

Former fire chief to head up police authority

Susan Johnson OBE has been appointed as the new Chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. Susan is a former chief executive of Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, where she served until her retirement in 2015. Since then she has held non-executive roles in the public and private sector. She will be taking… Read more »

New chief for South Central Ambulance Service

David Eltringham has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at South Central Ambulance Service. He starts his new role in March 2023. For the last four and a half years David has been working as Managing Director at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Nuneaton, one of three District General Hospitals that make up the Foundation Group. Prior… Read more »

Suffolk confirms new Chief Constable

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the formal appointment of Rachel Kearton as Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable. Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore presented his proposal to appoint Rachel following a robust recruitment process held last month. The panel unanimously supported the appointment. Rachel had been acting Chief Constable since the departure of former… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for Shropshire

Simon Hardiman has been promoted to Chief Fire Officer for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and will take up the role in January. He succeeds Rod Hammerton who is retiring after seven years as Chief Fire Officer and a 30 year career in the fire and rescue service. Joining Shropshire five years ago, Simon is… Read more »

Surrey confirms new Chief Fire Officer

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has appointed Dan Quin as its new permanent Chief Fire Officer. Dan has been acting-up as Chief Fire Officer since June 2022, prior to that he was the county’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer since October 2019. He has served his whole career within Surrey Fire and Rescue Service since joining… Read more »

Celebrating 20 years up in the sky

Sammy Wills, Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s (YAA) longest-serving HEMS Paramedic has celebrated her 20-year anniversary at the Charity. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a lifesaving rapid response emergency service serving five million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire. Last year, the crew responded to more than 1,700 incidents across the region. Sammy joined the Charity on… Read more »

All change at top of London Fire Brigade

Deputy Commissioner Richard Mills has retired after 31 years and now London will have two new deputies as it promotes from within. Dominic Ellis has even longer service, having spent 33 years in the fire and rescue service. He has stepped up from Assistant Chief after a long period responsible for the operations and assurance… Read more »

Maritime and Coastguard Agency appoints new interim chief

Damien Oliver has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). He will begin his new role on Monday 17 October, which follows the current MCA Chief Executive Brian Johnson’s retirement. Damien joined the MCA in 2001 and has held a number of high-profile roles including responsibility for major… Read more »

Alex Waller is Cheshire’s new Chief Fire Officer

Cheshire Fire Authority confirmed the appointment of Alex Waller as the new Chief Fire Officer on the retirement of Mark Cashin. With a career spanning 33 years, Mark handed over to his deputy who started in his new role on 1 October. After a recruitment process that saw three candidates apply and two shortlisted, Alex… Read more »