Strategic Leadership Team

Based in Cambuslang, our Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) is responsible for delivering the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of the Board.

Martin Blunden

Martin Blunden

Chief Officer

Martin Blunden joined us from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and brings with him over 26 years of experience gained across the UK, including a prestigious national resilience role in water safety and water rescue for the UK Department for Local Government and Communities.

David McGown

David McGown

Deputy Chief Officer

David McGown is the Deputy Chief Officer. As Director of Service Delivery, David has overall responsibility for the delivery of our emergency services to the communities of Scotland and will also lead on the development of the future SFRS operational model and role

Lewis Ramsay

Lewis Ramsay

Director of Response and Resilience

As Director of Response and Resilience, Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay has responsibility for ensuring that the SFRS can provide a safe and effective operational response to emergencies when they occur. The Response and Resilience Directorate continually review risks to ensure that the resources available to the SFRS are distributed in the most efficient way to address risks and to maintain equity of access to our resources as far as possible.

Sarah O'Donnell

Sarah O'Donnell

Director of Finance and Contractual Services

Sarah O’Donnell is our Director of Finance and Contractual Services and has responsibility for managing the Service's budgets and assets.

Liz Barnes

Liz Barnes

Director of People and Organisational Development

Liz Barnes is our Director of People and Organisational Development. The post has responsibility for Training and Employee Development, Health and Safety, Organisational Wellbeing and Fitness; HR Systems and Services; Organisational Development; Employee Relations and Resourcing.

Mark McAteer

Mark McAteer

Director of Strategic Planning, Performance and Communications

Mark leads our strategic planning, performance management, communication and engagement and corporate business support team.

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