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The Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) is currently made up of eight principal officers and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive - Chris Blacksell

Chris joined the Service as a Firefighter and was located at Central Fire Station in Hull in 1988, before progressing his career to become Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive in 2017.

As Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive he has ultimate accountability for all areas of the organisation, which he manages via the Strategic Leadership Team structure.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director of Corporate Services - Phil Shillito

Phil joined the Service in July 2016 as Director of Public Safety, following a 28 year career at neighbouring South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Phil is responsible for Service Improvement, which includes Corporate Assurance, Health, Safety and Environment, Corporate Risk and Intelligence and ICT.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director of Service Delivery - Niall McKiniry

Niall joined the Service in 1995 and has served at various fire stations including Bridlington, East Hull, Scunthorpe and Hull Central in addition to a variety of specialist roles at Service Headquarters.

He was promoted to the role of Director in April 2016 and in March 2019 he became Director of Service Improvement and was responsible for Programme Management, Operational Assurance, Performance (including HMICFRS), Health, Safety and Environment, Corporate Communications and Governance.

On 23 July 2021 Niall was appointed to his current role and is responsible for Emergency Response and Prevention and Protection Directorates.

Executive Director of Corporate Services and Section 151 Officer - Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the Statutory Finance Officer responsible for the administration of the financial affairs of the Authority as required under the Local Government Act 1985. As Executive Director of Corporate Services and Section 151 Officer, he has direct responsibility for the Service’s Finance function.

Prior to joining the Service in March 2007, Kevin had worked for Hull City Council, Newport City Council and Gwent County Council where he had undertaken a range of senior finance roles.

Executive Director of People and Development - Christine Cooper

Christine joined the Service on 7 February 2022, having served at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for 15 years as the Head of HR.

Christine has worked in the field of HR for over 20 years, having also served at Bradford Metropolitan District Council as well as Wakefield District Council in various HR roles.

Christine is responsible for all areas of HR, Organisational Development, Occupational Health and Wellbeing, and Training.

Director of Emergency Response - Steve Topham

Steve joined the Service in 1995 and his first posting was on Red Watch at Cromwell Road fire station in Grimsby, going on to undertake a variety of roles throughout the Service covering both operational, safety and support functions.

He was promoted to the role of Director in September 2015 and in his current role he is responsible for Emergency Response across the four local authorities, Emergency Preparedness and Fleet and Estates.

Temporary Director of Prevention and Protection - Steve Duffield

Steve joined the Service in June 2001, and his first posting was to White Watch at Cromwell Road Fire Station.

Steve went on to undertake a variety of roles throughout the Service, including senior roles specialising in fire safety and prevention and protection.

Steve was promoted to temporary Director of Prevention and Protection in March 2022; he is responsible for public safety across all four Local Authorities in the Humber region.

Temporary Director of Service Improvement - Matt Sutcliffe

Matt joined the Service in June 2001, and his first posting was to Blue Watch at Immingham West Fire Station.

Matt went on to undertake a variety of roles throughout the Service covering Operational, Safety, Training and Corporate Services.

Matt was promoted to temporary Director of Service Improvement in March 2022; he is responsible for Corporate Assurance, Health Safety and Environment, Corporate Risk and Intelligence and ICT.

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hull
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North East Lincolnshire