Management Board

Here you will find the profiles, contact details and photographs of the members of the Management Board at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer

Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer - John Roberts

CFO Roberts has overall responsibility for delivery of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and its aim to provide an excellent fire and rescue service working in partnership to reduce death, injury, economic loss and contribute to community well-being.

Director of Service Delivery

Deputy Chief Fire Officer - Dave Walton, QFSM DMS MIFireE

DCFO Walton is responsible for all the county’s front-line fire stations and the Control Centre. The directorate has three principal areas of responsibility:

  • Operations Support which prepares emergency plans and ensures that the brigade addresses all foreseeable operational risks;
  • Operations Response are responsible for the day to day management of the fire stations and associated crews and making sure that the stations have the resources and equipment to work efficiently, safely and effectively;
  • Fire Safety which incorporates:
    • Fire Protection whose responsibilities include Legislative and Enforcement matters
    • Fire Prevention who are responsible for delivering the Community Fire Safety Programme.

Director of Service Support

Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Steve Rhodes, MA IEM BEd(Hons)

ACO Rhodes is responsible for the strategic direction across the Service Support references which includes:

Chief Legal and Governance Officer

Mr Michael G Barnes, Solicitor

Mr. Barnes is the Solicitor to the Authority and also holds several statutory offices at Monitoring Officer, Proper Officer and Clerk to the Authority. In addition to personal responsibility for corporate governance ethics, legal affairs and information risk he has the following Corporate Management supervisory responsibilities:

Chief Finance and Procurement Officer

Mrs Alison Wood, CPFA

Mrs Wood is the Statutory Finance Officer responsible for the administration of the financial affairs of the Authority as required under the Local Government Act 1985.

Services provided by the Finance Department include:

  • Accounting and Budgeting
  • Payroll
  • Payment of Creditors
  • Collection of Income
  • Treasury Management
  • Insurance
  • Internal Audit
  • Procurement

Chief Employment Services Officer

Mr Ian Brandwood, MBA FCIPD

Mr Brandwood is responsible for setting the strategic direction across the Employment Services function including:

  • Human Resources
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Occupational Health and Safety Unit
Ian Brandwood, Chief Employment Services Officer