In a thirty-year career, Tony has held senior positions in a number of fire and rescue services including Assistant Chief Officer, Director of Operations (West Midlands Fire Service), Head of Service Delivery (Hereford and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service) and Head of Fire Safety and Training (WMFS). Tony led the National Fire Safety in High Rise Buildings project for Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) following a major fire in London in 2009 and led the vulnerable persons national working group for CFOA (2007 -2011).
He has an extensive operational command background including being the incident commander for the two largest incidents ever occurring in the West Midlands and was responsible for managing WMFS Fire Gold during the response to the 2007 floods and the 2011 riots.
Tony initiated and led the introduction of the first Fire and Rescue Service Degree in the UK at the University of Wolverhampton, where he has been a Senior Lecturer for five years. He is currently developing a series of further degree programmes for the fire and rescue sector. In addition to the EPC, he is an associate lecturer and assessor at the Fire Service College where he teaches Hazardous Materials and Incident Command. He is an external examiner for Coventry University.
Tony is a qualified University Lecturer and has degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Science, an MSc in Fire and Rescue Service Management and an MBA.
Tony has been a correspondent for Fire Magazine for over 10 years producing more than 200 articles and features on current issues including political, technical and operational aspects of fires and major disaster planning and response.
Tony is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and corporate after Member of The Emergency Planning Society. He remains a member of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association. His leisure interests include skiing, photography and dinghy sailing.