Our Strategic Leadership Team
Chief Fire Officer - Wayne Bowcock
Wayne began his career as a firefighter in Staffordshire in 1992, working initially in Stoke-on-Trent, but also spending time at other stations and Service Headquarters in various leadership roles including cultural development and business transformation.
Following that, he was seconded to Stoke-on-Trent City Council as a partnership strategic coordinator across community safety, adult social care and health. He then become Area Commander responsible for North Staffordshire.
In March 2012, Wayne moved to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to lead organisational safety, training and assurance, before joining Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2014 as Deputy Chief Fire Officer developing his knowledge of the sector further as a principal officer.
Wayne has had director level responsibility for service delivery including prevention, protection, response and corporate support including HR, training, organisational development, ICT, procurement and resources, risk, resilience, administration and communications. He has also been the strategic lead for equality and inclusion. He has held National Fire Chiefs Council roles for operations and leadership and is the chair of the national training managers forum.
Wayne reached the position of Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 2019 and is proud to have joined a Service that is well-equipped, highly skilled, and motivated. Wayne is committed to delivering highly professional and valued services to the communities of Gloucestershire, with a strong focus on Firefighter safety, working in partnership and ensuring the effective governance, accountability and transparency expected of a trusted public service.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer - Andy Hermiston
Andy is the Deputy Chief Fire Officer and is the Head of Trading Standards and Coroners Services.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Mark Astle
Mark joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in April 2002 from Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service where he started as a fulltime firefighter in the early 90's. Prior to this Mark served as a retained firefighter in North Yorkshire. Mark is the Assistant Chief Fire Officer and oversees service delivery.
Head of Community Safety - Ian Tonner
Ian began his career as a firefighter in Warwickshire in 1994, working initially as a Firefighter in Stratford Upon Avon, but also spending time in Community Fire Safety, Training & Development and various roles based at Service Headquarters.
In 2006 Ian was seconded out to work with Warwickshire Police as the Arson Reduction Manager based at the Justice Centre working directly for the Police on all matters of Arson, Criminal Damage and Anti Social Behaviour. The role was one of the first in the Country to see a Fire Officer seconded to the Police as with most areas the norm was to second a Police Officer into Fire to assist with arson. This role enabled Ian to develop joint initiatives and partnerships to assist the reduction of criminal damage and anti social behaviour whilst focussing on Arson.
On returning to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009, Ian became a Group Manager overseeing a variety of Districts moving from Rugby, Leamington, Nuneaton and Stratford then moving back to HQ spending two years as the Group Manager in Service Improvement on Service wide projects.
Prior to moving to Gloucestershire Ian’s last 3 years in Warwickshire he headed up the Prevention team establishing new funding streams through close work with Public Health, NHS and the local County Council, setting new partnerships with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) and developing a stand alone Prevention team. The team consisted of not just Fire Staff but included full time Social Worker, Children’s worker, BME advisor and a fitness instructor, who all brought an individual set of skills to enhance the Prevention work for the Future.
Ian arrived in Gloucestershire in the summer of 2018 and has moved from Group Manager Response and Resilience to Area Manager of Community Safety. Ian’s brings 24 years of experience working for a County Council Fire Authority and has stated how excited he is to continue his career with such a forward thinking community focussed Service.
Head of People and Organisational Development - Adam Openshaw
Adam joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service as a firefighter in 2004. He worked as supervisory manager across Cheltenham and Gloucester for a number of years before becoming the Strategic Support Officer to the Principal Officers. From here Adam became the Local Risk Manager for Cheltenham District, which involved overseeing a number of Fire Stations as well as building links within the local community to help promote fire safety. Following this, Adam was appointed as the Learning and Development manager for GFRS. He then became the Head of Community Safety for a interim period before taking on the role of Head of People and Organisational Development in 2018.
Adam now has responsibility for recruitment, training, development, operational assurance, health and safety, diversity, inclusion and provides the strategic link to Human Resources within Gloucestershire County Council.
Head of Business Planning, Strategy and Performance - Dave Pike
Dave Joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 1995 serving at Stroud and then Gloucester before moving into HQ in the Technical Services team. He has worked in various leadership roles in his career including Technical Services, Station Management, Communities and Equalities and Business Strategy and performance.
During this time Dave has been involved in many projects including the PFI project to build 4 new fire stations, new fire appliances, new Breathing Apparatus sets and PPE replacement.
Head of Technical Services - Clive Webber
Clive began his career in Gloucestershire in 1994 as a firefighter at Cheltenham and then a Crew Manager at Stroud. He spent 3 years in Fire Safety as a Watch Manager before a 3 year secondment to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2002 as a Station Manager delivering mass decontamination to the region. He returned to the Service as a Station Manager in the Retained Stations Management Team before becoming the Cheltenham Community Fire Station Manager. He subsequently entered the newly formed Quality Audit and Review Team in HQ where he designed a Station Audit Programme to ensure continuous improvement in Health and Safety.
In 2010 he was promoted to Group Manager with responsibility for all support functions in relation to operations and then became the Head of Operational Policy, writing and reviewing all standard operational procedures and policies in support of continuous business improvement.
In 2013 he became the Head of Operations for the Service and then the Head of Training, Operational Assurance and Safety. In 2016 he was promoted to Area Manager with responsibility for Fleet, Equipment, ICT including Control Room Systems, Premises and the Capital Budget.
In 2017 he became the Head of Business Planning, Strategy and Performance and introduced the 2018 – 21 IRMP, led on an improved culture of Performance Management across all functions of the Service and the preparations for the HMICFRS Inspection. He has recently returned to be the Head of Technical Services with responsibility for addressing the action plan from a recent independent internal audit.
Civil Protection Team Lead, Business Planning, Performance Manager - Carole Pittaway
Carole has worked for Gloucestershire County Council since 1979. She has extensive experience of strategic planning, performance management and inspection frameworks and working as part of the council’s corporate strategic planning teams. Joining the fire and rescue service in 2009, Carole has had responsibility for a range of service delivery areas including health and safety, training and development, the control room, performance, quality assurance and business planning. In 2016 the role was broadened and currently Carole’s role includes leading the county councils civil protection team, Syrian refugee resettlement on behalf of the county and the fire and rescue services communications, performance and administrative support team. Carole is also part of the fire and rescue services Equality and Diversity Forum where she supports the services equality and inclusion work. She is also passionate about the role of coaching in the organisation and is a qualified executive leadership coach.
Budget Manager - Maria Boon
Maria joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 1989 and has covered many roles within the Service including heading up the finance, logistics and prevention teams. She has been involved in numerous projects over the years such as the creation the county’s Coroner’s Court and mortuary complex and the PFI project to build 4 fire stations and a life skills centre. Currently, Maria has responsibility for budget management.