Management Board

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive

Chief Fire Officer - Simon Pilling, QFSM MA MSc DMS GIFireE

CFO Pilling has overall responsibility for delivery of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and its aim to provide an excellent fire and rescue service working in partnership to reduce death, injury, economic loss and contribute to community well being.


Director of Strategic Development

Deputy Chief Fire Officer - Steve Beckley, QFSM MSc MCGI MIFireE

DCFO Beckley is responsible for leading the brigade through a period of significant change by producing a Strategic Plan; implementing the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP); assessing Rationalisation Strategy; delivering the new Command and Control system; ensuring provision of high level assurance of service delivery and support; considering ICT strategy and dealing with issues emerging from the Fundamental review.

The directorate area of responsibility:


Director of Service Delivery

Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Dave Walton, DMS, MIFireE

ACO Walton is responsible for all the county's front-line fire stations and the Control Centre. The directorate has three principal areas of responsibility:

  • Operations Support which prepares emergency plans and ensures that the brigade addresses all forseeable operational risks;

  • Operations Response are responsible for the day to day management of the fire stations and associated crews and making sure that the stations have the resources and equipment to work efficiently, safely and effectively;

  • Fire Safety which incorporates:

    • Fire Protection whose responsibilities include Legislative and Enforcement matters

    • Fire Prevention who are responsible for delivering the Community Fire Safety Programme.

Director of Service Support

Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Steve Rhodes, MA IEM BEd(Hons)

ACO Rhodes is responsible for the development and delivery of all personnel development and management issues and oversees:

Chief Legal and Governance Officer

Mr Michael G Barnes, Solicitor

Mr. Barnes is the Solicitor to the Authority and also holds several statutory offices at Monitoring Officer, Proper Officer and Clerk to the Authority. In addition to personal responsibility for corporate governance ethics, legal affairs and information risk he has the following Corporate Management supervisory responsibilities:


Chief Finance and Procurement Officer

Mr Geoff Maren, CPFA

Mr Maren is the Statutory Finance Officer responsible for the administration of the financial affairs of the Authority as required under the Local Government Act 1985.

Services provided by the Finance Department include:

  • Accounting and Budgeting

  • Payroll

  • Payment of Creditors

  • Collection of Income

  • Treasury Management

  • Insurance

  • Internal Audit

  • Procurement