The membership of the Board is designed to include a broad spectrum of scheme stakeholders. Members have been appointed either by appropriate representative bodies or by nomination and election. Please contact the Board secretariat in order to ask questions about the work of the Board or to put forward items for consideration.

The membership of the Board is designed to include a broad spectrum of scheme stakeholders. Members have been appointed either by appropriate representative bodies or by nomination and election. Please contact the Board secretariat in order to ask questions about the work of the Board or to put forward items for consideration.

Chair of the Board

Malcolm Eastwood - CBE, CStJ, QFSM, FIFireE

Malcolm enjoyed an enviable career serving for 35 years in the Fire & Rescue Service, starting as a firefighter with the West Riding County Fire Service and culminating in his appointment as Chief Fire Officer of the Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service at the age of 40. He subsequently took command of the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service in 1995 where he served until his retirement in 2004. Besides his ‘Day Job’, Malcolm worked at National level with the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), and the Association of Principal Fire Officers (APFO). Since his retirement from the Service in 2004, Malcolm has continued his work with CFOA and APFO with whom he represents retired Principal Fire Officers.

He currently sits as a Scheme Member on the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority Pensions Advisory Board and was, in January 2016, appointed as the Chairman of the Firefighters Pension Schemes National Advisory Board, a voluntary position answering to the Secretary of State for Police and Fire within the Home Office.

Malcolm Eastwood

Scheme Employer Representatives

Cllr Nick Chard

Nick was elected to Kent County Council (KCC) in 1997. He has held various positions at KCC:

  • Chief Whip
  • Chairman of Economic Development Board
  • Cabinet Member for Finance
  • Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste
  • Chairman of Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Chairman of Governance and Audit Committee
  • Vice Chairman of Superannuation Committee
  • Vice Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee

He is Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority; Chairman of the Employer’s side NJC for Fire; Member of the Fire Services Management Committee; Member of JESIP (Joint emergency services interoperability board; and Member of Fire Standards Board.

Nick was trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, Vice Chairman of the IDeA and is a Director of Local Government Association Properties Ltd and Local Government Management Board.

He is a Director of Engaging Kent CIC (Healthwatch Kent).

Before politics Nick was an arable and fruit farmer in Kent.

Cllr Chard

Cllr Nikki Hennessy

  • Lancashire County Councillor 2013 to date
  • Lancashire Combined Fire Authority Member 2017
  • Member of the Territorial Army for 31 years. Worked in the NHS, West Lancashire Borough Council, Council of Voluntary Service, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service and Public Health.

Cllr Hennessy explains "the Army got me into fitness, did my degree in Human Movement Science. Always enjoyed supporting friends, so natural progression to become a local councillor. When the coalition government decided that Public Heath was to go back into the local authority I decided to become a County Councillor. I am now shadow portfolio holder for Adult Services.

My short time with Lancs Fire and Rescue gave me a great love and affection for the service and I am now in a position to really support our officers, Residents and Business. Looking forward to being part of the Fire Management Committee".

Cllr Hennessy

Roger Hirst

Roger Hirst was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex in May 2016, before joint police and fire governance had been established.

In 2017 Mr Hirst became the joint lead for police funding on behalf of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners nationally and was elected to the board of the APCC in 2018.

Mr Hirst became the first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in October 2017 and continues to work nationally and locally to build stronger links between emergency services and help create more secure communities. Prior to his election as Commissioner, Mr. Hirst was Cabinet Member at Essex County Council with responsibility for Community Safety; Deputy Leader of Brentwood Borough Council; and has 33 years’ experience as a senior investment banker.

Mr Hirst sits on both the LGA Fire Commission and Fire Services Management Committee (FSMC).

Cllr Roger Phillips

Councillor Phillips is the chair of the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board (E&W) and also chaired the LGA’s UK wide Local Government Pension Committee. He is a member and former leader (2003-2011) of Herefordshire Council and has been a lead LGA member on workforce and pay negotiations since 2007. He also chaired the LGPS2014 Project Board which brought together employer, employee and government representatives in order to reform the scheme.

Cllr Phillips was appointed a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.

Cllr Phillips

Cllr Roger Price

Councillor Price has been a Member of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority for the last 16 years and has been the Liberal Democratic spokesperson for the last 12 years.

Cllr Price is a Director of 3S Fire, a trading company of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, a Member of the Hampshire Fire Service Pension Committee and has attended the Fire College weekend training courses. He has been a Member of the Local Government Association Fire Commission for the last 12 years.

Cllr Price

Cllr Ian Stephens

Cllr Stephens

Scheme Member Representatives

Tristan Ashby

Tristan Ashby has represented the Fire and Rescue Service Association (FRSA - previously the Retained Firefighters’ Union (RFU)) for over 20 years and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. He represents the FRSA as one of the seven Employee Representatives on the Scheme Advisory Board.

Tristan served in Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service from 2002 - 2010 as a Retained firefighter and was active locally in Norfolk as the County Secretary during which time the RFU achieved full collective bargaining rights.

As a devoted family man, Tristan is married with three children. He is also very active within the local community undertaking the role as the Chair of Governors for a local primary school and a FA qualified football coach.

Tristan Ashby

Brian Hooper

Brian joined Essex County Fire and Rescue service in July 1993. He joined as a firefighter and rose through the ranks to become a Station Manager in October 2017.

Brian has been an employee of Essex County Fire and Rescue service for over 25 years, during that time Brian has been elected into various FBU positions both local and national, including being elected the FBU Executive Council Member for the Eastern Region in May 2018.

Brian has an interest in Health, Safety and Welfare and is a Graduate member of IOSH.

Brian Hooper

Matt Lamb

Matt joined Surrey Fire Service in January 1992 as a Firefighter and served at Sunbury until transferring to Shropshire Fire Service in September 1999. Matt is still employed by Shropshire FRS. Matt was elected as a Brigade Official in 2001 for Shropshire FBU and carried out this role until May 2018 when he was elected to Executive Council Member for the West Midlands Region of the FBU.

Matt Lamb

Dave Limer

Dave served as a firefighter in Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service for over 30 years until December 2015. During that time, he was elected into various FBU positions both local and national, including the FBU Executive Council Member for the East Midlands region and FBU National Treasurer until retiring from the fire service in December 2015.

Dave Limer

Glyn Morgan

Glyn sits on the Scheme Advisory Board as a scheme members’ representative from the Fire Officers’ Association (FOA). He served for over 30 years as a member of Nottinghamshire and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Services before retiring in 2008. He has since been employed as the FOA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Glyn’s involvement with the management of fire pensions dates back to 1996 when he became the FOA representative on the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council’s Pensions Sub Committee. He subsequently continued to represent the FOA on the English Firefighters Pension Committee until its dissolution in 2015.

He is also a member of the Fire Pensions Scheme Advisory Board for Scotland.

Glyn Morgan

Des Prichard

Des served for 39 years in the Fire & Rescue Service, appointed as the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for East Sussex & Brighton, a post he held from 2001 through to 2015. He was Chairman of the Association of Principal Fire Officers (APFO) from 2005-2015, a Board member of the Chief Fire Officers' Association from 2004-2014 and served on the National Pensions Committee, the predecessor of the SAB for 12 years.

Des now works as an advisor to the Fire Leaders Association (FLA), for the Institute of Directors and the Cross Sector Leadership Exchange.

Des Prichard

Sean Starbuck

Sean Starbuck has been an elected FBU national officer since 2007. He worked for 21 years as an operational firefighter in Humberside, prior to which he was a coal miner in South Yorkshire.

Sean Starbuck


Rob Hammond (First Actuarial) – Actuarial adviser

As Partner of the firm and a qualified actuary with over 17 years of experience in the pensions industry, Rob is the named lead member of the First Actuarial team. Rob joined First Actuarial in 2010, having previously worked at two large actuarial consultancies.

Rob specialises in public service (and similar) organisations, providing advice and actuarial services to trustees and employers. He is Scheme Actuary for six defined benefit pension schemes and since September 2015 has provided independent actuarial advice to the Isle of Man Government on their public service pension arrangements.

Rob assisted a number of organisations during the negotiations with the UK Government on the review of public service pension schemes that came into effect in April 2015, including those representing teachers, doctors, Ministry of Defence (MoD) firefighters and MoD police, and advising the FBU on the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme. Rob has also recently represented First Actuarial in providing independent actuarial advice to the SAB on the GAD assumptions for the 2016 scheme valuation.

Rob is chair of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) working party on State Pension Age, a position he has held since 2014.

Rob Hammond

Jane Marshall (Weightmans) - legal advisor

Jane is a pensions specialist, and also an experienced employment lawyer, with over 17 years’ experience in the field of pensions.

Jane has particular expertise in relation to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS), the NHS Pension Scheme, the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and the Police Pension Scheme.

Jane is a regular speaker at national events on public sector pension matters, including LGPS Scotland events on the LGPS governance requirements, speaking at events run by the Local Government Association (LGA) at various Fire Authority locations on the governance requirements for the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme and speaking at national LGA events in relation to the LGPS. Jane has also taught on many trustee training courses.

Jane Marshall

Helen Scargill - technical advisor

Helen has been involved in pension’s administration since her appointment to West Yorkshire Pension Fund in November 1984 as a Pensions Officer and has worked in a number of roles in the organisation since joining. With over 30 years’ experience she has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the Fire-fighters’ Pension Schemes.

Helen has been a member of a number of working groups involved with the Fire-fighters’ Pension Schemes, these have included the 2006 regulations and the subsequent options exercise and more recently the working party dealing with the RDS modified pension scheme. She is currently the chair of the Fire-fighter Pensions Technical Community and the chair of the North East Region Fire Officers Group.

Helen Scargill