Jon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with over 30 years experience in the fire and rescue service, most recently as Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service. In his role as chair of the National Resilience Board for the UK, Jon also has first hand experience in delivering civil resilience as well as commanding a number of major incidents.
Jon will act as the senior professional officer at the College and as the key interface into the fire and rescue service. Jon will focus on providing effective leadership for the design and delivery of training, learning and conducting exercises as well as supporting the fire & rescue service in ensuring safe and cost effective development of its organisational capability.
Jez Smith, Managing Director at the Fire Service College, said, “I am pleased to be able to appoint such an experienced and high calibre director to our team, Jon’s knowledge and expertise in the fire and rescue service will be a great asset to the Fire Service College and I look forward to working with him. This is an exciting time for the College and Jon’s appointment further strengthens our commitment and vision to become a world-class centre for fire and multi agency training and leadership development.”
Commenting on his appointment, Jon added, “I am delighted to be joining the team at such an important time for fire and rescue services. With Chief Officers facing unprecedented challenges, it is vital that the College understands these and develops innovative solutions to assist. The appointment process itself was undertaken jointly with CFOA and I hope to continue to build upon such partnership approaches as we develop training and development solutions fit for the future.”