IFE Announces new Board Director and Trustee

IFE Chair Grant Lupton AFSM B.GS CPMgr FAIM CFIFireE has announced that the Board co-opted Chris Lowther, CFO Tyne and Wear FRS (UK), as a Director and Trustee of the Institution.

Chris started his career as an operational firefighter based at Gateshead Community Fire Station in 1997. After joining the Strategic Management Team in 2009, he worked as an Area Manager before being appointed, in 2013, Assistant Chief Officer, assuming overall responsibility for services across five districts, operations, community safety and fire safety. With a varied background encompassing training, community safety and operations, Chris has taken a lead role in a number of national resilience programmes. He took up his CFO appointment in April 2017.

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Board nominations are now open

In July 2019 four IFE Board Directors reach the end of their terms of office.  Two of these vacancies will be filled by ballot of members of the International General Assembly (IGA) and one by ballot of members of the IFE Registrants Group (IFERG). The fourth vacancy will be filled by ballot amongst all voting members of the IFE.


Requirements of an IFE Board Director

Directors of the IFE are also Trustees of the charity. Their responsibilities include:

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Board of Directors nominations are now open

Nominations of candidates for election to the Board are now invited: full details of how to nominate someone can be found on the IFE website. This year the various forms are available to download as Word documents, for return by email: no signatures are required. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 12noon BST on 20 August.

There will be two vacancies on the Board.

This year the Nominations Committee has determined that the Board would benefit in particular from the appointment of women; non-white candidates; serving Chief Fire Officers; and candidates with professional qualifications or substantial experience in corporate finance/ accountancy; law; marketing and/or communications. Candidates who satisfy one or more of these criteria, and who are prepared to make a significant commitment to the success of the Institution, are particularly encouraged to put themselves forward for election. But that need not stop others from doing so if they believe they have a strong portfolio of relevant skills and experience.

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Meet Your New Board Members

Peter O’Reilly MIFireE
International President Elect

Peter originally joined Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) on 1 March 2011 as Director of Prevention and Protection after serving for 21 years with Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. On 1 April 2015 he was appointed to the role of County Fire Officer and Chief Executive and in June 2016 was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM).

He served in Belfast for most of his career as a Firefighter, Junior Officer and District Commander, before moving to Ballymena as an Assistant Area Commander. He became the Area Commander for Northern Area Command in 2009.

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