Simon Shilton

Simon Shilton was appointed the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive in April 2022.

Simon began his firefighting career with Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS). For the first 15 years at AF&RS Simon served at all ranks and in a wide and diverse range of roles, including: Station Manager responsible for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Training Manager, Incident Command Trainer. He also spent time as an operational firefighter at Avonmouth, Bath, Temple and Southmead fire stations.

Simon spent eight years working for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, most recently as an Area Commander.

In 2017, Simon re-joined AF&RS as Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Service Delivery Support.

Simon has two children and lives in Whitchurch with his partner and pet dog. As well as enjoying walks with the dog, Simon enjoys clay pigeon shooting and family time.

Simon said: “It is truly an honour for me to be appointed as the next Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire & Rescue Service and I would like to extend my gratitude to the Fire Authority for giving me the opportunity to take on this role.

“I fully recognise the responsibility this role brings and although it will no doubt be incredibly challenging, I am grateful to be supported by a strong leadership team and work alongside many talented professionals who work relentlessly to ensure we are the best Service we can be.

“I am committed to working hard to ensure the highest levels of safety for all who live and work in our communities and working side-by-side with our dedicated and hardworking staff, we will continue to Make our Communities Safer and Make our Service Stronger.”