David recently retired from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, where his senior management roles included deputy to the Director of Response & Resilience.
Among his legacies to the Service are the Scotland-wide operational policies and procedures that were drawn up by the team he led.
LEAD ASSOCIATE: RESILIENCE MANAGEMENT
David’s expertise in resilience management reflects many years at senior level with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
Before recently concluding his 30-year career in the Service, he had overall responsibility for 250 staff and eight fire stations across a large area of central Scotland.
He played a vital part in multi-agency Community Planning Partnerships, and produced bespoke Fire & Rescue Service plans for the three local authority areas in his territory. David was highly active in promoting the Prevention & Protection agenda, ensuring that the public had access to specialist advice and information.
He also took an active part in large-scale exercises such as the licensing exercise for Glasgow Airport.
Previously, in the Service’s new Response & Resilience Directorate, where he deputised for the director, he led the team that researched best practice from around the world to produce operational policies and procedures that would apply across Scotland.
In an earlier role, David was Area Commander for South Glasgow, covering half of Scotland’s largest city. He was lead officer for planning and delivering fire-service elements for 2012 Olympic events at Hampden, representing the Strathclyde service at UK government-level meetings.
Away from work, David’s a self-confessed frustrated golf player whose skill on the course never quite matched his enthusiasm. He took up lawn bowls some eight years ago.
“I found myself in the good company of many other failed golfers,” he says. “Despite its image as a sedate sport, it is fiercely competitive. And I have forged some great friendships over the years.”