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Fuller to step down as FSF chair

17 May 2018

PAUL FULLER has announced that he will step down as chairman of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) and has urged members to replace him with an independent candidate.

The decision was made at the FSF AGM, which took place on 17 May at Parliament. After much deliberation FSF members agreed to change its constitution to allow the appointment of an independent chair of the Federation, who did not need to be a member. This would enable members to appoint a person such as a politician into the post.

The meeting also led to an agreement to review the structure of the FSF over the next eight weeks, which will be led by outgoing chair Paul Fuller to ensure that the Federation has the infrastructure to handle the level of work that will be required in the wake of the Hackitt Review. An EGM will now be held in July to confirm the appointment of a new chair for the Federation. Brian Robinson will remain as president of the Federation and he also urged members to support a review of the FSF's structure.

Commenting on his decision, Paul Fuller said: “Last year I was honoured to be elected as chair of the Federation but I did so on the understanding that I would try and identify an individual to become an independent chair of the Federation. For my own part, for a variety of reasons, I have stepped down as chair at the AGM, which I think is the correct thing to do to allow an unencomebered decision.

FPA director Jon O’Neill OBE paid tribute to Mr Fuller, he said: “Stepping in, as Paul did last year certainly helped steady the ship after an eventful start to the AGM and I am delighted that he has indicated he’s willing to offer continued participation and support for the Federation, it is very much welcomed.”