All Team

Mark Hardingham

Mark took over the role of the Chair of the NFCC from Roy Wilsher in April 2021. He is looking forward to leading and working with the UK fire and rescue service and associated bodies during his tenure. Mark began his fire service career 30 years ago in Essex and served across many fire stations and in many roles. He…

Nick Chard

Cllr Nick Chard is Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Fire Services Management Committee, Chairman of the employer’s side National Joint Council for fire and Chairman of the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority. Nick is a Director of Engaging Kent CIC (Healthwatch Kent). Previously, Nick was a trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, Vice Chairman of the IDeA,…

Jonny Bug

Jonny is head of the Fire Strategy and Reform Unit and is a Deputy Director at the Home Office. He is leading the department’s work with the sector to develop strategy and drive change, including ensuring that the new accountability, standards and scrutiny models are strong, and that the workforce has the skills and people it needs to face the…

Ben is the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. Since 2007 he has been working and campaigning for communities across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent. During this time, he has held senior council positions which have allowed him to help increase jobs, raise standards in schools and colleges and to modernise and improve public services. Ben seeks to hold services accountable…

Alison Sansome

Alison Sansome

Independent Vice-Chair

Alison is an Independent Director with a non-executive portfolio. She is a Non-Executive Board Member for Office of the Public Guardian, a chairing lay member of the Regulatory Tribunal for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a lay member of the Registration Advisory Committee for the General Optical Council. Until April 2017, Alison was the Chief Operating Officer at…

Suzanne McCarth

Suzanne McCarthy

Independent Chair

Suzanne is the Chairman of the Joint Audit Panel for the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service, which brings together the health and social care organisations of those two boroughs. She is also the Deputy Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal Service. She has been CEO of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the…