New Deputy Mayor spends day with GMFRS and sees training in action
Today (Monday, January 9, 2023), our new Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester for policing, crime, criminal justice and fire, Kate Green, started in her role.
Kate, formerly an MP for Stretford and Urmston, replaces Bev Hughes who will now work on a part-time basis to support Kate and the wider policing and crime team within GMCA.
Ahead of taking up the role, Kate spent a day with our Executive Board members at the Training and Safety Centre in Bury shortly before Christmas.
She was updated on the work taking place across the different directorates and teams, had a tour of the safety centre’s education facilities, and heard about the Marauding Terrorist Attack and JOPs (Joint Operating Principles) training that’s currently underway at the site and the other training that takes place there.
Kate being shown around the safety centre by centre manager Julie Dickinson
Kate said: “I was thrilled to visit the Training and Safety Centre in Bury and see the first-class training facilities available to GMFRS colleagues. I was impressed by the safety centre and the fantastic provisions in place to help educate our young people about fire risks and safety – I look forward to returning to see some of that education taking place in a live session.
“It is a tremendous honour to take up the role of Deputy Mayor and I look forward to working with GMFRS to help deliver the aims of our Fire Plan and realise the Service’s vision of becoming a modern, flexible and resilient fire and rescue service. I am committed to working with the Chief Fire Officer and all colleagues to help achieve that vision.”
From 2010 to 2022, Kate served as MP for Stretford and Urmston and while in parliament she held a number of shadow ministerial posts, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education, and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.
Prior to her election to parliament, Kate was Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group and before that Director of the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread). She is a long-standing advocate for families and children, and campaigner against poverty and inequality.
Kate also previously worked in the Home Office on a range of cross-cutting policy issues, including youth justice, community safety and emergency planning.
Kate is a member of the board of governors at Manchester Metropolitan University, and a member (and former chair) of the executive committee of the Fabian Society.
She also served as a magistrate for 16 years.
Kate being shown around the training centre by Operations Deputy Manager, Neil Fox (top) and CFO Dave Russel (bottom)
You can find out more about the role of the Deputy Mayor on the GMCA website here: Deputy Mayor Kate Green
09/01/2023 18:31 PM