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Strategic Leadership Team

The Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service helps set the organisation's strategy and monitors the performance of the organisation. The team meets formally on a regular basis to discuss strategic internal issues as well as the impact that national issues have at a local level.

The SLT consists of the Principal Officers, which comprises the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Area Managers.

Principal Officers


Gavin Tomlinson

Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive

Chief Fire Officer Gavin Tomlinson commenced his career with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1993 as a Recruit Firefighter.

Over the last 20 years Gavin has served in many areas including operational station command, fire safety, learning and development and prevention.

In 2010 he was promoted to Area Manager responsible for Community Safety and the Tri Service Control project. In November 2015 Gavin was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Gavin was promoted to his current role as Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive in September 2019.


Rick Roberts

Temporary Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Rick joined Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1999, having transferred from Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service where he served from 1994.

Rick has served in many roles within the Service including operational station command, executive support and learning and development.

In 2015 he was promoted to Area Manager responsible for Learning and Development. Rick has recently been the Service lead for all collaborative projects.

Rick was promoted to his current role as Temporary Deputy Chief Fire Officer in September 2019.

Strategic Leadership Team Organisation Chart

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