London Fire Brigade

Senior management team

Ron Dobson CBE, QFSM, FIFireE, Commissioner

Ron Dobson became London Fire Commissioner in 2007 having risen through the ranks since joining the Brigade in 1979.

In 1996 as Divisional Commander, Ron was one of the first senior officers at the scene of the Canary Wharf bomb blast where he coordinated the painstaking search of the incident. 

He has been central to the preparations for responding to the threat of terrorism, working closely with the government and our partners. During the 2005 London bombings he was the Brigade’s Senior Operational Commander.

Ron was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in 2005 and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 New Year honours.

Dave Brown QFSM, Director of Operations

Dave joined the Brigade in 1985 and has served at a number of fire stations in the North East as a firefighter, officer, borough commander and after spells in Strategy and Performance and then Training, Dave became a principal manager in 2006. 

Dave is now responsible for all aspects of operations at London’s fire stations; the 999 mobilising function at Brigade Control in Merton; and all regulatory and community safety and youth engagement activities in London. 

In 2012, during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, Dave oversaw the forty pump fire at a recycling plant on Chequers Lane in Dagenham; one of the biggest fires in London for many years.

Dave has a BSc in Fire Command and was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2005. He received the Queen's Fire Service Medal in the 2015 New Year's Honours list.

Dany Cotton, Director of Safety and Assurance

Dany joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.

In 2011, Dany was voted among the most influential women in London and, in the same year, was on the only non-American entry in ABC's list of "Twelve Amazing Female Firefighters".

A significant public figure in the sector, Dany regularly represents the Brigade at national and international events to promote women in the fire service.

In January 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service medal and is currently the Chair of the Women in the Fire Service.

Sue Budden, Director of Finance and Contractual Services

Sue Budden joined the Brigade as Head of Finance in 2006. She began her career at Coopers and Lybrand in Norwich (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) as a public sector auditor at the start of their development of public sector work. Sue then moved to London to work in local government while completing her CIPFA qualification, working at Westminster, Southwark and Hackney councils.

In 2000 Sue took up senior positions at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and from there to the Cabinet Office heading up both finance departments, before progressing to Director of Finance and Corporate Services at the British Transport Police (BTP). She left BTP to join the Brigade.

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