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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 - 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.

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.

Phil Shillito our chief

Deputy 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 and strategic roles at Service Headquarters.

Niall is responsible for the Emergency Response and Prevention and Protection Directorates.

Niall McKiniry Deputy Chief Officer

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director of Corporate Services - 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; he was promoted to the role of Area Manager of Service Improvement in 2022.

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

Matt Suttcliffe ACO

Executive Director of Finance 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 Finance 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.

Kevin wilson

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 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.

Christine Cooper

Area Manager of Emergency Response - Jason Kirby

Jason joined the Service in March 1995 as an On-Call firefighter at Barton Fire Station and has served at Scunthorpe and Immingham West Fire Stations.

Jason went on to undertake a variety of roles throughout the Service, including senior roles specialising in People and Development, and Emergency Response.

Jason was promoted to Area Manager of Emergency Response in November 2022; he is responsible for Emergency Response across the four local authorities, Emergency Preparedness and Fleet and Estates.

Director Jason Kirby

Area Manager of Prevention and Protection - Jon Henderson

Jon joined the Service in August 2022, having previously served at neighbouring Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service.

He is responsible for public safety across all four local authorities in the Humber region.

Jon Henderson

Area Manager of Service Improvement - 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 Area Manager of Prevention and Protection in October 2022; he is responsible for Corporate Assurance, Health, Safety and Environment, Corporate Risk and Intelligence and ICT.

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