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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


146 Bolton Road

Swinton, Manchester

M27 8US

Tel: 0161 736 5866

For a FREE Safe and Well visit please call:

0800 555 815

Corporate Leadership Team

The Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) are responsible for overseeing the running of the Fire and Rescue Service.

Please see an overview of the management team below:

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Jim Wallace
Chief Fire Officer

Jim has more than twenty six years experience as a Principal Officer in Fire Services in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He was appointed Chief Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on 1 September 2018. Throughout his career he has been at the forefront of major change and transformation programmes, working across a complex mix of stakeholders, and operational structures and a diverse range of organisational cultures.


Dawn Docx
Deputy Chief Fire Officer  

Dawn joined GMFRS in 2017. She started her career in the fire and rescue service in her home county of Cumbria, where she specialised in finance, going on to become Head of Corporate Services. From there, she joined North Wales as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2006 and was promoted to the role of ‘Dep’ in 2009.

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Dave Keelan
Assistant County Fire Officer
Director of Emergency Response

Dave has overall responsibility for Operational activity, and is responsible for Operational Policy & Training, Operational Support, Resilience & Contingency Planning and Operational Assurance & Performance. Since he joined GMFRS Dave has worked as Head of Prevention, Head of Operational Training, as a borough manager and led a team investigating the tragic death of Firefighter Stephen Hunt at an operational incident in Manchester in July 2013. Dave represents GMFRS on the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum, is the Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) North West Operations Resilience Committee and represents the North West on the National NFCC Operations Coordination Committee.


Tony Hunter
Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Director of Prevention and Protection

The Prevention department promotes fire safety, road safety and water safety across the communities of Greater Manchester. The Protection team ensures fire safety legislation is enforced in non-domestic premises, promotes fire protection systems and safe practices in the workplace, educates and informs local businesses, investigates the cause of fires and reduces the impact of deliberate fires on the local community. Tony is also supporting the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force, which was set up to provide strategic leadership and coordination, with regard to High Rise buildings, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Leon Parkes
Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Director of Service Support

Leon joined GMFRS in 2017, having spent 28 years with Cheshire Fire and Rescue - who he joined as an apprentice aged 16. He has an operational background and has led the way on a number of projects such as a review of operational response – which included looking at fire stations, appliances and duty systems.

Gwynne Williams
Deputy Monitoring Officer

Gwynne undertook her training and qualified as a Solicitor in a private practice in 1989. In October 1990 she joined Wigan Council as an in-house solicitor and shortly after began working with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service specialising in the area of Fire Safety. 

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Andrea Heffernan
Director of Corporate Support

Andrea is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and prior to joining GMFRS worked for KPMG as an Internal Auditor and for a Home Care Charity in Wakefield before joining GMFRS in 1997 as Business Accountant. She worked in a number of roles within the finance team until being appointed as Head of Finance and Technical Services in June 2008. Andrea took up the role of Director of Corporate Support in December 2015.

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Nina Purcell
Assistant Director of People

Nina has been with GMFRS since April 2015 – starting with us on her birthday! She took up the post of AD – People in January 2016, and subsequently oversaw GMFRS’s TUPE transfer to GMCA in May 2017, where the People directorate now support the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as a whole, including GMFRS. Nina has a varied background which includes roles in Human Resources and Organisational Development, Change and Transformation, Social Research, Policy and Analysis and Consultation. She has worked across all emergency services as well as in a number of other sectors and has worked and studied across the UK. You can regularly find her tweeting about the great work of GMCA and GMFRS.

Last update: 24/09/2018 10:12:34