Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Leadership Team

John Beard MBA 
Chief Fire Officer

 

Chief Fire Officer John Beard has overall responsibility for running Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

In addition, he has broader corporate responsibilities as a member of the council's Corporate Management Team;
John oversees Community Safety and leads on the government's counter terrorism PREVENT agenda.

John.Beard@cumbria.gov.uk

Brian Steadman
Deputy Chief
Fire Officer

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer Brian Steadman is responsible for leading the Service on a day to day basis in support of the Chief Fire Officer.

Taking strategic leadership and management responsibility for all areas of the service, making sure resources are used effectively to develop strategy and ensure successful delivery in order to provide professional services to the communities of Cumbria. This includes steering and guiding a team of over 600 dedicated managers and firefighters across 38 fire stations and a number of functional departments.

Rick Ogden Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Rick Ogden
Assistant Chief
Fire Officer

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rick Ogden is responsible for leading the Service on a day to day basis in support of the Chief Fire Officer.

Rick is responsible for the Assurance, Service Support and Performance functions of the Service and provides strategic leadership and management for these areas, ensuring resources are used effectively to deliver professional services to the communities of Cumbria. 

Andy Lee Area Manager  Head of People, and Development

Andy Lee
Area Manager 
Head of People,
and Development

Area Manager Andy Lee is Head of People and Development and has strategic responsibility for ensuring that the service provides effective attraction, recruitment and training for all staff, cultural development, health and safety and ensuring that the service supports the organisational development of Cumbria County Council. 

Andy.Lee@cumbria.gov.uk 

Craig Drinkald
Area Manager
 Head of
Service Delivery

Area Manager Craig Drinkald is the strategic lead overseeing delivery of the Fire Protection, Prevention and Response activities of the Service. This work supports our aim of ensuring that the communities, visitors and businesses of Cumbria are protected from the effects of fire and other emergencies.

Craig.Drinkald@cumbria.gov.uk

Nathaniel Hooton
Area Manager
Head of
Service Support
Reform and
Resilience

Area Manager Nathaniel Hooton is the strategic lead for Service Support including Technical Services, Operational Support, and Fleet. In addition he has overall responsibility for the County Council's Resilience Unit.

This work supports our aim of ensuring the communities, visitors  and businesses of Cumbria are protected, prepared and receive an effective and efficient Fire and Rescue service.

Nathaniel.Hooton@cumbria.gov.uk