Membership

Members of the Combined Fire Authority will:

  • Make informed decisions in relation to Service policy and strategy aligned to the Authority’s vision, priorities, objectives and values.
  • Approve the Service’s budget and ensure they receive sufficient money from local council tax.
  • Monitor the Service’s performance to ensure it is efficient, effective and economical.
  • Appoint the following positions:

Chief Fire Officer
Clerk to the Fire Authority
Deputy Chief Executive (who is also the Treasurer to the Fire Authority)
Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Assistant Chief Fire Officer

  • Act as the final level of appeal in employee disciplinary and grievance procedures

Elected members



 

Members of the Combined Fire Authority are elected from each of the two Local Authorities. The number of members for each authority is determined by the size of the electoral representation within each authority. The Fire Authority’s political balance is also a reflection of that of the two Local Authorities.

Elected Members—Durham County Councillors

Cllr John Shuttleworth - Chair
Independent
Cllr Sam Zair - Vice Chair
Independent
Cllr Jim Atkinson
Labour
Cllr Brian Avery
Independent
Cllr Alison Batey
Labour
Cllr Richard Bell
Conservative
Cllr Julie Cairns
Independent
Cllr Terry Duffy
North East Party
Cllr Carole Hampson
Labour
Cllr Neville Jones
Liberal Democrat
Cllr Bill Kellett
Labour
Cllr Leanne Kennedy
Labour
Cllr Richard Manchester
Labour
Cllr Carl Marshall
Labour
Cllr Lesley Mavin
Liberal Democrat
Cllr Michael McGaun
Conservative
Cllr Ian McLean
Labour
Cllr Joe Quinn
Conservative
Cllr Shirley Quinn
Labour
Cllr George Richardson
Conservative
Cllr Kathryn Rooney
Liberal Democrat

Elected Members—Darlington Borough Councillors

Cllr Helen Crumbie
Labour
01325 462642
helen.crumbie@darlington.gov.uk

Cllr Brian Jones
Conservative
01325 332820
brian.jones@darlington.gov.uk

Cllr Gerald Lee
Conservative 
01325 314622
gerald.lee@darlington.gov.uk

Cllr Andrew Scott
Labour
01325 253707
Andrew.scott@darlington.gov.uk

Key Advisors to the Authority

Stuart Errington
Chief Fire Officer 
0191 3755555

Tony Hope
Deputy Chief Executive and Treasurer
0191 3755558

Helen Lynch
Clerk and Monitoring Officer 
03000 269732

Combined Fire and Rescue Authority Meetings

The Authority meets on a regular basis. Members of the public are welcome at all meetings. For further information visit our website www.ddfire.gov.uk or contact the Governance Team on 0191 3755555.