IFE appoints new Chief Executive Officer

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has announced the appointment of Dr Graham Cory as its new CEO.

Graham, who joins the IFE on 1 November 2017, was a senior civil servant before his appointment as CEO of The British Horse Society. Here he increased membership and won numerous awards for an organisation whose professional qualifications are internationally recognised and acclaimed. He also expanded its overseas operations, transformed its finances and modernised its administration.

Graham said, “I am proud to be joining an organisation whose expertise is acknowledged worldwide. Perhaps it is my distance from the organisational status quo, and from ‘the way things have always been done,’ that gives me an advantage in identifying and capitalising on opportunities for growth and for the further promulgation of fire-related science and technical know-how. My new colleagues across the piece will ensure that the Institution’s knowledge-based reputation is maintained: my purpose is to facilitate their work.

“If I understand one thing only, it is that change is the one alternative to creeping irrelevance. Professionalism across the fire sector, from academe to frontline practical, is not merely a commitment to high standards; it is a recognition of a moral and ethical commitment to providing a thoroughly up-to-date, relevant, cutting edge public service. That recognition must provide IFE’s impulse.”

Peter Wilkinson, IFE Chairman, added, “We are delighted that Graham is joining the IFE. We look forward to working with him and seeing his ideas and fresh perspective to help shape the IFE’s future, especially as we enter our centenary year.

“We are massively indebted to Neil Gibbins for his leadership and strategic direction over the last period as CEO. He took on the role when the institution needed him most and he has remained dedicated to the task throughout. We know that Neil will remain a close adviser to the Institution to provide a smooth transition for as long as we need.”