MD1507 Appointment of the next London Fire Commissioner

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD1507
Date signed: 
20 May 2015
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

The current London Fire Commissioner has announced his decision to retire. The deadline for responses to the advertisement for his successor closed on 15 May 2015. The Mayor’s Chief of Staff wrote to the Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) on 11 May 2015 asking to participate in the appointment process as the Mayor’s nominee. The Chairman of LFEPA replied on 19 May 2015 to say that not all LFEPA Members were comfortable with that proposal. The Mayor is therefore being asked to direct LFEPA to secure his Chief of Staff’s participation in the process.

 

Decision

That the Mayor directs LFEPA in relation to the appointment of the next London Fire Commissioner as at Appendix B to this decision form.

 

 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.    Appointment of the next London Fire Commissioner

Background 
1.1    The current London Fire Commissioner has announced his decision to retire. The deadline for responses to the advertisement for his successor closed on 15 May 2015. The Mayor’s Chief of Staff wrote to the Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) on 11 May 2015 asking to participate in the appointment process as the Mayor’s nominee. The Chairman of LFEPA replied on 19 May 2015 to say that not all LFEPA Members were comfortable with that proposal. The Mayor is therefore being asked to direct LFEPA to secure his Chief of Staff’s participation in the process. 

Rationale
1.2    It would appear reasonable to issue a direction for the following reasons:
•    The Mayoralty would be involved in any appointment process for the role of Transport Commissioner or Police Commissioner in the capital;
•    The Fire Commissioner advises the Mayor directly on a wide range of issues including:
o    Allocation and alignment of frontline fire and rescue resources
o    Resilience and other emergency planning issues
o    Trade union and other staffing relationships within the fire and rescue service; and
•    The Mayor is not seeking to make the appointment himself but to be comfortable with the appointment LFEPA Members will seek to make.

Content of direction
1.3    The direction sets out that LFEPA should:
•    Involve the Mayor’s nominee in the longlisting, shortlisting and interview stages of the appointment process; 
•    Complete the longlisting process by 29 May 2015 so as not to lose momentum, noting that the deadline for responses to the advertisement closed on 15 May 2015; and
•    Seek the Mayor’s prior consent to the proposed appointment before making the offer of appointment. 

 

Equality comments

2.1    There are no equality implications directly arising from this decision.

 

Financial comments

3.1    There are no financial implications directly arising from this decision.

 

Investment and Performance Board

5.1    This approval falls outside the terms of reference of the Investment & Performance Board.

 

Appendices and supporting papers

Appendix A: Covering letter from the Mayor

Appendix B: Direction to LFEPA