Leadership and Resilience: Dany Cotton QFSM, Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Join us at this briefing to hear Dany Cotton QFSM discuss her leadership journey as the first female Commissioner for London’s Fire Brigade. She will provide insight into her experience of building resilience within the organisation and explore the Brigade’s current priorities and challenges.
About the speaker
Dany Cotton is London Fire Brigade’s first female Commissioner and is one of the most senior fire officers in Europe.
She joined the Brigade at the age of 18 and was just one of 30 female firefighters in London. Within 12 years, Dany became the UK’s first female station officer and from there, steadily rose through the ranks to become London fire Commissioner in 2017.
Throughout her career, Dany has attended some London’s most significant incidents. Just three months into the job, she attended the Clapham Junction rail disaster where 33 people died and she has also led crews at Cutty Sark fire in 2007 and 40 fire engine blaze near the Olympic Stadium on the evening of London 2012 closing ceremony.
Dany has received a number of accolades including being named as Public Servant of the Year in 2002, becoming the first woman to be awarded the Queen’s Fire Service medal in January 2004 and winning the Most Influential Woman in Fire award in 2015. National Chair of Women in the Fire Service, Strategic Advisor to the Local Government Association and national Counter Terrorism (CT) lead.
As well as heading an emergency service that attends around 100,000 varied incidents each year, Dany is also in charge of the Brigade’s strive to prevent fires and injuries through its vital fire safety work. Educating children, visiting vulnerable people in their home and spreading fire safety messages on social media are just some of the ways Dany’s workforce try to keep people safe in the capital. Since becoming Commissioner on 1 January 2017, Dany has led the Brigade through the Grenfell Tower fire and was at the scene monitoring the Brigade’s response to the tragedy. During that time the Brigade has also responded to three terrorist incidents and has had its work showcased on hit ITV documentary Inside London Fire Brigade.