Here’s where you can find out about who runs West Midlands Fire Service, how we are governed and who the most senior members of our service are.
GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP
West Midlands Fire Service is primarily governed by a fire authority made up of 15 councillors representing the local authorities. They are also joined by a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner representative and two co-opted Members.
There are 4 decision-making committees and two advisory panels/forums, in addition to the full Fire Authority that aid in either decision making or advisory capacities to aid our governance – the full list of the committees and their terms of reference can be found here: Committees and their terms of reference
A full list of the councillors, as well as the public meetings and documents relating to fire authority governance, can be found on our Committee Management Information Service system.
Our leadership team
Our Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, leads what we call, our Strategic Enabling Team (SET). These ‘directors’ of our service oversee the shape and direction of the brigade, and that we’re meeting our legal responsibilities.
SET consists of managers from across the organisation ranging in areas from Emergency Response to Communications and Finance.
Hailing from the Black Country in the West Midlands, Phil was educated locally before gaining a degree in Management Studies from University of Worcester in 2004. He continues his management and leadership studies through Coventry University. Phil was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the New Year Honours list announced in December 2017, for his distinguished service. He has a relaxed and approachable style and is a champion of work-based learning and values-based leadership and management, he believes passionately that in professional life there are only two dynamic modes of existence: either we influence, or are influenced by others. In September 2013, Phil received the AFSA Award for Leadership in Equality and Diversity at the organisation’s fifth international annual conference. The award is presented every year and recognises exceptional fire and rescue service leadership in equality, diversity and inclusion. It also acknowledges the recipient’s personal influence as a leader in enabling others to recognise and fulfil their own potential. Phil is an appointed member of the Board of Governors of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, a patron of ‘Burn-Aid’, a charity that aims to support Burn Survivors and their families across the West Midlands region and is President of the West Midlands Branch of the National Association of Retired Firefighters (NARF).
Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Philip joined Cheshire Fire Service as a Fire Fighter in 1992 and served in a number of different roles before transferring to the West Midlands in June 2010 on a temporary contract. Philip was made substantive Assistant Chief Officer in the West Midlands in March 2012 and in November 2013 was promoted to acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer. Philip is a member of the Chief Fire Officers Association and is the regional secretary for the West Midlands. He has been the national lead officer for the fire service working with children and young people for a number of years and believes passionately in the fire services wider role working with the community to improve wellbeing. In 2004 Philip was awarded an MSc in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a PGC in Strategic Leadership by the University of Warwick in 2009. Philip has been married to Diane for 28 years and they have two grown up daughters who live at home benefiting from the hotel of Mum & Dad! When he is not working Philip enjoys playing golf and riding motorbikes. Philip says as he gets older he realises that his own and his families health are one of the most important things. Philip’s mantra is ‘if you work hard and be honest you can achieve anything’