Jennette Arnold OBE AM: Thank you, Acting Chair, Deputy Chairman. Commissioner, I have some questions for you and, like my colleagues, let me add my congratulations to you on your appointment as the first female Fire Commissioner. Now, I heard the answers you gave to my colleague Assembly Member Russell’s questions about gender and so I want to ask now specifically about racial diversity.
From the LFB’s monitoring data of December 2017, I see here that from the operational staff of 4,612, 606 were of BAME heritage: 13.14%. We will all know that that is quite woeful. Can I just add that I asked this question 18 years ago and so for me it is not that the service has not had time? I just think the service needs to get a grip of this issue and to take action and do something that will change the profile. What actions have you got going or plan to take?