My name is Philip Thomas George and I retired from London Fire Brigade in November 2019 in the position of Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations, after 32 years service. I was responsible for the day-to-day running of the Brigade, one of the largest and busiest fire and rescue services in the world. I managed a budget of over £273 million and was responsible for over 5000 staff.
As London’s Deputy Fire Commissioner, my role was one of the most exciting, challenging and complex roles in the UK fire sector. It allowed me to influence change and decision making at the highest levels, in London and across the UK. I regularly met with the Mayor of London, Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Government Ministers, Home Office civil servants and Commissioners/Chief Executive Officers from other emergency services. I also regularly deputised for the London Fire Commissioner in the UK and abroad. I have attended events and meetings with Chief Fire Officers from the UK and around the world, Government Ministers from various countries, as well as members of the Royal Family, key religious figures and senior military commanders.
I am a committed and hard-working individual who enjoys working in a challenging and demanding role. I am known for having a people focused approach to leadership and in addition to having strong communication skills, I am able to effectively lead a team to deliver key strategic objectives. I have acquired a significant level of knowledge, understanding and expertise in a broad range of roles, I am able to demonstrate advanced problem-solving skills and I thrive under pressure. I have a deep-rooted compassionate, considerate and empathetic nature and I passionately believe that people are the greatest asset of any organisation.
If you feel that my attributes and experience could be of value to you or your organisation, please don’t hesitate to use the contact page to get in touch.
"You leave the London Fire Brigade having contributed to a culture where staff feel seen, heard and valued. You should be immensely proud. Our firefighters risk their lives to keep London safe and 32 years of service, in various roles, is a tremendous achievement. You have served with such commitment and courage, particularly during some very difficult periods. On behalf of all Londoners I want to thank you for your dedicated service and leadership."