The Fire Fighters Charity has announced the appointment of John Parry as Chief Executive Officer.  

Mr Parry joins the charity's Senior Management Team having served with a number of fire services over the last thirty years, completing his serving career as Chief Fire Officer of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Executive Officer with Oxfordshire County Council. 

Keith MacGillivray, the Chairman of The Fire Fighters Charity, said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of John Parry as our new Chief Executive Officer. Following an extensive selection process which attracted very high calibre applicants, John emerged as the most suitable person to take the charity forward in the coming years. 

"John's appointment completes the recruitment of The Fire Fighters Charity's senior management team. The Board of Trustees looks forward to working with John and his team, and to continuing the progress in providing quality services to all our beneficiaries." 

The Fire Fighters Charity is available for all members of the fire service community during their times of need, assisting thousands of individuals every year by providing bespoke treatment and support services.  

Mr MacGillivray continued: "Our free helpline is a central point of access for all the charity's services, including our pioneering Beneficiary Support Service. We offer a confidential and impartial helpline service, providing advice, guidance and support on a broad range of issues, as well as having a nationwide network of professional staff and trained volunteers, who are ready to help locally. We aim to provide practical assistance and solutions to make a real difference to the lives of members of the fire service community."  

The charity has three centres in Devon, Cumbria and West Sussex, offering rehabilitation programmes to eligible beneficiaries of the Fire Service community, as well as recuperation breaks, which provide the chance to relax in peaceful and tranquil surroundings, which can aid emotional recovery following illness, injury, or other problems.  

It costs £9 million every year to meet the needs of the charity's beneficiaries, and with no government funding, it is completely reliant upon donations from the general public and fire community. 


Posted: 10.57, 22.7.11,