Independent Chair of the External Review of Culture

London Fire Brigade


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Community Protection & Defence

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Allowance £24,000 - £30,000 (Approx. two days per month)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    13 September 2021

  • Client

    London Fire Brigade

Ref: GSe75361

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with its nine million residents speaking over 300 different languages, coming from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. A third of people who choose to make London their home were born in different countries and pre-pandemic, London would welcome 17 million visitors every year. LFB can trace its history back over 150 years, with 103 fire stations and almost 6,000 staff we are one of the largest and busiest fire and rescue services in the world.

This is an important time to lead this review of culture at LFB as the Brigade faces significant change. Working with a panel of experts the Chair will report back on the culture of the Brigade at all levels within twelve months.

 The role:

  • Approve the terms of reference and scope for the culture review;
  • Working with the Search Committee to recruit a group of expert panel members to assist with the culture  review;
  • Determine how to conduct the review, including what evidence to analyse and how to engage with and listen to stakeholders including current staff and their representatives, community members, former staff, and others;
  • Lead the review panel to conduct a thorough and robust review within the timescale set, using the resources allocated;
  • Take responsibility for agreement of all review meeting agendas;
  • Take responsibility for the authoring of the final report; and,
  • The time commitment for this role will be approximately 2 days per month.

  The candidate:

  • Has held a senior role within their field of expertise and within their organisations;
  • A collaborative leader, skilled at bringing people together; for the review committee to have a successful, supportive, and transparent working relationship;
  • A demonstrable record of public sector service;
  • A demonstrable commitment to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion (we welcome applications from all protected characteristics, including people who come from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, women, people with disabilities or from LGBTQA+ communities); 
  • Able to comfortably relate to and listen to people who come from all sections of the communities we serve and can gain trust to encourage the giving of information;
  • Someone who understands what it takes to do this kind of project well;
  • An understanding of the intricacies of large complex, unionised organisations;
  • An understanding of how to listen to people with entrenched views or people who are resistant to change;
  • Someone who has held responsibility for, or has undertaken, community engagement;
  • An emotionally intelligent, sensitive, and intuitive leader who is willing to listen rather than seeking to fix;
  • An understanding that we will be in the middle of a critical second inspection at the same time – so has diplomacy and awareness of the sensitive political context in which the LFB operates and to be able to deal with sensitive matters appropriately; and,
  • An understanding of the organisational challenges of the London Fire Brigade and the communities it serves.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
08.00am Monday 13th September 2021

Shortlist Meeting
Wednesday 15th September 2021

Final Panel Interviews
w/c 4th October 2021

How to Apply

If you are interested and would like to have an informal and confidential discussion, then please contact one of our advisors at GatenbySanderson: Peter Guilder on 07545 441127 or by email and Emma Law on 07384 818170 or by email 


  1. Candidate Information Pack LFB - Final.pdf