Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed Candida Brudenell as Assistant Chief Fire Officer.

Candida brings with her a wealth of local government experience, having spent the last 33 years with Nottingham City Council. She joined the council as an apprentice town planner and has undertaken several roles, overseeing projects in the voluntary sector, Education department, and Children and Adult Services, before being appointed Assistant Chief Executive/ Corporate Director of Strategy and Resources.

In her final role with the city council, she had responsibility for corporate functions including Finance, HR, IT, Procurement and Communications and Marketing.

Candida said: “Leaving the council is not something I have done lightly – locality is really important to me, and I wanted to join an organisation that was there for the people of Nottinghamshire.

“I am really looking forward to being a part of an organisation for which the public have such high regard.

“I have always grabbed challenges that appear worthwhile and where I can make a difference. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is an organisation that is really grasping the change agenda and I can’t wait to be able to use my experience and expertise to be a part of that change.

“Due to the Covid-19 situation I have only been able to meet a small number of people in person so far, but everyone I have met has been so welcoming and supportive.

“I’m looking forward to meeting more people in the coming weeks and getting to grips with the day-to-day functions of the Service.”

Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Candida into the Service and look forward to seeing what we can learn from her wealth of experience in the public sector.

“Her appointment marks a significant change for us and one that I feel will be extremely positive going forward.”