NFCC Lead vacancies

The NFCC lead roles below are currently open to expressions of interest from any serving employee of a UK public Fire and Rescue Service, unless otherwise specified. As an NFCC lead you will be required to represent the National Fire Chiefs Council and therefore the aims and principles of the Council

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National Fire Chiefs Council – Protection Board

Expressions of Interest

Do you want to shape and influence the future of fire safety?

On June 14th 2017 a devastating fire led to the loss of 72 lives and many more injured. The fire at Grenfell Tower, South West London was an unprecedented event and since that day NFCC have been working closely with HM Government and many other partners to ensure it should never happen again. NFCC have been working tirelessly with other stakeholders to ensure that issues are identified and corrected, and that moving forward the public can be reassured about fire safety in all premises.

In late 2019 the Government invited the Chair of the NFCC Roy Wilsher, to Chair a new Protection Board, which met for the second time on 28th October. The Board consists of senior representatives from the Home Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA).

The Board will be developing a programme of work designed to deliver the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s commitment to increase the pace of inspection activity across high-rise residential buildings. The Board is developing a recommended standardised approach that can support FRSs in monitoring the measures in high-rise residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding systems.

The Board will:

  • Advise relevant Ministers such as the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Fire
  • Oversee delivery
  • Define assurance and inspection for the purposes of this programme

The Board in due course may also focus on other strategic protection activities that it considers to be a priority.

The NFCC are recruiting three roles to provide secretariat and support implementation of the work of the Protection Board. As a member of the team supporting the Board, your work will primarily focus on supporting fire and rescue services to increase the pace of inspection activity.  However your work will contribute to policy development and also interface with a range of interrelated workstreams including:

  • MHCLG’s Building Safety Programme
  • The new regulatory framework for High Risk Residential Buildings
  • Building Remediation Task Force and Joint Inspection Team work
  • Providing technical expertise to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Work on producing new fire safety guidance and reviewing existing guidance
  • Shaping policy and procedures for fire and rescue services
  • Interdependencies with other NFCC programmes, such as the Community Risk Programme.

These roles will report to the Chair of the Protection Board (NFCC Chair, Roy Wilsher) through the NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety (PBS) Committee structure, Chaired by CFO Mark Hardingham.

Day to day line management will be provided as part of the NFCC’s Building Safety Programme Team which sits within the PBS Committee. This team is led by Nick Coombe and located within the London Fire Brigade.

These roles require close working with staff from a large array of organisations and require exceptional stakeholder relationship skills. You will work closely with existing members of the BSP team, the Home Office Fire Safety Unit, the Local Government Association, and MHCLG, who may also support the work of the Protection Board as and when appropriate. You may also be managing key relationships between the NFCC and individual FRSs.

The roles would be established through to April 2021, but may well continue beyond that date.

NFCC are calling for expressions of interest to fill a number the roles as listed below. We would like to receive any expressions of interest by COP on Friday 20 December 2019 so we can establish the team at the earliest opportunity. We will aim to hold interviews in early January.

These roles may be suitable for secondments from Fire and Rescue Services, or for recently retired officers. Where applying for a secondment we would ask you to please ensure that you have the support of your manager before sending your EOI.

If you would like to register your interest, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter or email outlining how your skills and experience meet the criteria for the role.

Please send EOIs to and copy to or feel free to contact us for further information.


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