Our People

Donna Crossman: Chair of UK Fire Cadets 

Donna Crossman 08 

I have worked for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) for over 15 years, commencing originally within the HR Recruitment and Assessment Team before moving across into the Community Safety Department some 10 years ago.  In my current role I have managerial responsibility for our Youth Interventions, Fire Cadets and the SWFRS Volunteer Scheme.

My role as Chair of UK Fire Cadets is a purely voluntary position and is one which I would not be able to undertake without the full support of SWFRS.  I feel incredibly privileged to hold the position and am fortunate to be able to work alongside so many colleagues from FRS’ across the UK who feel as passionately as I do about providing such positive outcomes for so many young people.

Colette Black: Vice Chair of UK Fire Cadets

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Alongside my voluntary role as the Vice-Chair of the UK Fire Cadets, I am the Assistant Chief Executive - People, Values and Culture for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

I am motivated by a desire to use my skills and experience to make a difference.  The direction of my own life was ‘reset’ as a teenager by being part of a youth group.  Having a 'place to belong', structure, responsible role models and support was life changing for me. We know that our young people rise and flourish when we provide a setting for them to do so.  Our Fire Cadets and the team that support them are an absolute inspiration - I am proud to be part of it.

Alistair Macintosh: UK Fire Cadets National Manager


I am currently seconded from the Scottish Fire and Rescue my background is in Community Development with a focus on youthwork.  I have worked in the the fire sector since 2004, firstly for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and for the Scottish Service since its inception in 2013.  After a spell as Vice chair in 2018 I have now taken on the challenge of this seconded role to ensure that UK Fire Cadets become one of the main uniformed youth organisations in the UK, empowering young people to be the best they can be.