Succession Planning Toolkit Consultation


NFCC People Strategy has six key areas for improvements, of which Leadership is key to all. The Leadership project has been commissioned to form a response to the challenges facing current and future leaders in the Fire Sector. Being adaptable to the evolving requirements of a ‘modern fire and rescue service’ is key to our leadership and management focus for the future.

We need leaders who are both operationally and professionally competent, as well as being capable of creating and delivering a compelling vision for the future to inspire and motivate others. They need to be able to collaborate across our different functions internally as well as being able to cross traditional boundaries with other agencies and businesses to achieve more efficient, effective and joined up services for the communities we serve.

The project aims to provide national products and tools in line with the NFCC Leadership Framework. By creating this central hub for fire & rescue services, we can promote consistency in our approach to leadership, share good practice and reduce duplication of effort.

The Leadership Framework

The 2019 Leadership Framework clearly defines behaviours required at each level of management. It details a simpler set of behaviours and sets out the career planning process to support individuals who are looking to develop their career with the service 

The Leadership project is currently working on a number of work streams to support the Leadership Framework.

Direct Entry Pathway Core Learning Pathway Management Toolkit (including 360 Performance Management activities, and Succession planning) Executive Leadership Programme
Coaching & Mentoring Core Code of Ethics Leadership framework
Guidance and Model Secondment Supervisory Leadership Development

Further updates will be added as the work streams evolve.

NFCC Leadership Project Board

  • Project Executive: Wayne Bowcock, Royal Berkshire
  • Ann Millington: Kent FRS
  • Rod Hammerton: Shropshire FRS
  • Dawn Whittaker: East Sussex FRS
  • Chris Blacksell: Humberside FRS
  • NFCC People Programme Manager: Fay Pisani
  • NFCC Senior Project Manager: Jane Cork

Please contact the Senior Project Manager for further details: