OUR COMMITTEE

 

Our Committee
Simon Petts – Chair

Simon Petts – Chair

Simon began his fire service career with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy in 1985. He spent nine years in the service covering risks ranging from the flight deck of HMS Illustrious to most of the Navy’s air stations and even six months covering Faslane Nuclear Submarine base in Scotland.

Simon left the Navy in 1994 and joined Gatwick Airports Fire Service. Once there he passed through the ranks to become one of the station managers running an operational watch.
He has been involved in the training side of Gatwick’s operation since 1997 and has delivered countless initial courses as an instructor and course director. During 2008/9 Simon worked as the lead manager during Gatwick’s progress through the CAA’s ATP process, gaining accreditation for delivery of IFFC.

John Purdy – Vice Chair

John Purdy – Vice Chair

John joined the RAF Fire Service in 1986 and served in the UK and abroad until Jan 1993 following which he Joined Newcastle International Airport Fire Service.

After working through the ranks and became a Station Manager in March 2007.

From 2012 John has been responsible for the Training Academy Business Development and in 2016 he became the Airports Commercial Training Manager, a role which encompasses aviation firefighting, offshore oil and gas firefighting as well as other safety and security training.

Dave Hyde

Dave Hyde

David joined Greater Manchester Fire Service in 1989 and served at Gorton for 9 years before moving to West Sussex.

He was posted to Horley as a firefighter and gained promotion to leading firefighting working at Crawley and then back at Horley. In 2001 he was promoted to Sub Officer and worked at Shoreham before moving back to Horley. In 2008 David joined the training department where he was responsible for joint recruit training along with colleagues from East Sussex and then specialised in incident command training at all levels of command.

In 2013 David took on his current role as Station Commander for Crawley and as part of this role took on the position of Gatwick liaison officer for the service. He is also the lead National Interagency Liaison Officer (NILO), forward commander for Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack (MTFA) and subject matter advisor for CBRNe.

Catherine O’Brien

Catherine O’Brien

Catherine has been a qualified member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) since 1997.

She has trained and worked as an accountant within public practice since leaving school following A-levels. After having her two sons she became self-employed, while still working within the same industry, in order to work the hours that suit her family life.

Ian Webb

Ian Webb

Barry Alderslade

Barry Alderslade

Members 2018-2019

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