Chair's biography

Full Name:  Roy Wilsher                          

Born: (yr) 1963 in Barnet, North London, England

Career History: Roy began his career in the Fire Service in 1981, in North London leading onto various roles there and the West End.  In 1996 Roy achieved a 1st Class B.Eng(Hons) Fire Safety Engineering.  In 1998 Roy became Senior Divisional Fire Safety Officer, responsible for 11 boroughs in North and West London. Became a Chartered Engineer in 2000. Roy was project lead for the restructure of London Fire Brigade in 2001, and became Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety in London in 2002.  In 2004 Roy joined Hertfordshire as Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2005.   In April 2011 Roy took up an expanded role of Director for Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire, including county wide Trading Standards, Emergency Planning and the County Community Safety Unit.  From April 2013 to March 2017 Roy was also Chief Executive for Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Roy was appointed as the first Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) in April 2017.

Roy chairs the Council, a UK wide body and represents NFCC in national and international forums. In his role he also provides support to Officers and Fire & Rescue Services, providing professional advice to Fire Service Management Committee, Home Office and the Devolved Administrations as appropriate.

Previously Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Roy worked tirelessly to create one of the higher performing and lower cost fire services. Some of Roy’s most significant successes in Hertfordshire include:

  • Introducing the highly successful LiFE scheme; for young people, focusing on reducing arson, anti-social behaviour, as well as building confidence and problem solving skills.
  • Fire Gold through the Buncefield Oil Terminal fire 2005.
  • Preparing and overseeing a successful 2012 Olympic Games’ national operation as lead National Strategic Adviser.

 Roy has played and continues to play a significant role on a national and international level.  His major roles and achievements include:

  • 2011 - strategic lead for the UK rescue response for the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
  • Director of Operations for Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA 2011-2017), Chair of Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) board since inception, Vice-chair of the National Fire Service Strategic Resilience Board, Chair of Fire Service National Operational Guidance Board 2012-2018, now overseeing the NFCC Central Programme Office.
  • Attending a number of major incidents: the Putney gas explosion, the mortar bomb attack on Downing Street, fire bomb attacks on Oxford Street and Operational Commander for the Paddington rail crash.
  • Project Director for Exercise Orion in 2010.
  • Lead National Strategic Adviser under the National Co-ordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF) since 2008. Assisting in a number of national deployments
  • Chair of CFOA’s National Operations Committee 2011-2017.
  • Member of Expert Panel advising Government following the Grenfell Tragedy
  • Advice to Fire Standards Board and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
  • Represents Fire & Rescue on the Home Office Strategic Capabilities Board
  • Board Member Defence Fire Risk Management Organisation (DFRMO)
  • Children’s Burns Trust


  • Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) – Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2013
  • Awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours list 2007
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 2002
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal