Paul Connelly Part of the European Advisor Team

Paul Connelly Paul Connelly Strategic Prevention & Response Manager

Paul has extensive experience in leading organisational change.

He is a professional Fire Officer with over 30 years of operational and managerial experience. Paul joined Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service in 1986 and was responsible for the implementation of policies including Business Continuity Plans, IT Integration Projects, Integrated Risk Management Plans and the introduction of Specialist Responder capabilities. Acknowledged as a competent and experienced Incident Commander, Paul has commanded incidents of note at both Tactical and Strategic levels and has operated within a multi- agency environment on a number of occasions including the 2012 Olympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Paul gained an MBA from Caledonian University in 2012 after a period of study which focused on change within a modern Fire and Rescue Service and was awarded the UK's "Queens Fire Service Medal" in 2016.

In the role Deputy Assistant Chief Officer for the West of Scotland within the newly formed Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Paul was responsible for an extremely diverse risk area which included major urban areas such as the City of Glasgow as well as remote and rural locations, including the many inhabited islands off of the West Coast of Scotland. This gave him responsibility for liaising with 13 Local Authorities as well as leading 3,500 staff of all duty groups working out of 149 operational fire stations.

Recently Paul has provided SME guidance to Capita Fire & Rescue as part of the Defence Fire and Rescue Project to deliver a more efficient and effective Fire Service in support of the MOD function

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