LEE HOWELL QFSM FIFireE - Chief Fire Officer, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
Lee took up his current post as Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service in 2009 and has responsibility for 2300 members of staff, operating from 85 fire stations, protecting a population of over 1.8m people with a revenue budget of over £75 m p.a. He was the Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor for the Welsh Government from 2013-2015 and the President of the Chief Fire Officers Association in 2012.
He was first appointed as a Chief Fire Officer in 2004 (aged 35) for Suffolk County Council and has also worked for central government as one of Her Majesty‘s Inspectors of Fire Services advising Ministers, primarily regarding the modernisation agenda and the development of the Fire & Rescue Service Act 2004. He is the deputy Chairman of the Firefighters Memorial Trust and has been the Chairman of the Arson Prevention Forum since 2012.
He holds a MBA and a BEng(HONS, is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and Institution of Fire Engineers. He is a graduate of the Civil Service "Top Managers" Programme and was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2008 and Queens Fire Service Medal for distinguished service in the 2014 New Years Honours list. His interests include Arctic travel and he returned from a successful expedition to the Geographic North Pole in April 2011, manually hauling a 85kg sledge for over 120 miles at temperatures down to -40•C. He is married, has two children and lives in Devon.