Ken Knight

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Ken Knight
Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England
In office
Preceded by New appointment
Succeeded by Peter Holland
Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade
In office
Preceded by Brian Robinson
Succeeded by Ron Dobson
Personal details
Born Kenneth John Knight
(1947-01-03) 3 January 1947 (age 71)
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality British

Sir Kenneth John "Ken" Knight, CBE, QFSM, DL (born 3 January 1947) a retired British firefighter and public servant. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Commissioner of London Fire Brigade and Commissioner for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England.[1]


Sir Ken started work at Westminster Bank, Reigate, 1964-1966. He commenced his fire service career as a firefighter in 1966 and subsequently served in a number of UK fire brigades. He was appointed as Chief Fire Officer of Dorset, 1994- 1998; West Midlands Fire Service 1998-2003;before becoming to London’s Fire Commissioner in 2003 until 2007 when he was appointed as the Government's Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England based at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

As the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, 2007- 2013, he was responsible for advising Ministers and senior officials on fire policy matters and, providing advice during major and catastrophic emergencies together with operational advice on preparedness and response during the 2012 London Olympics. He was also responsible for the enforcement of fire safety regulations in Crown Premises in England.

He produced an independent report for the UK Government on fire and rescue services response to the widespread flooding in 2007 entitled Facing the Challenge. He was also tasked by the Secretary of State to undertake a review in the immediate aftermath of the fire in high rise flats at Lakanal House, London, 2009 in which 6 people died.

In May 2013 Sir Ken published an efficiencies review of the 46 Fire and Rescue Authorities; Facing the Future, which was commissioned by the Government.

Since leaving his position as the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser to the UK Government in 2013. Sir Ken Knight has been providing independent consultancy advice to public and private sector organisations.

From 2014-2017 Sir Ken service as the Lead Commissioner for the London Borough of a Tower Hamlets under the Local Government Act 1999.

From 2016-17, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills commissioned Sire Ken to make recommendations regarding the introduction of electronic balloting for industrial action.

Since 2017- ,Sir Ken was appointed as the Chair of thd Independent Expert Advisory Panel at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government in the immediate aftermath of fire at Grenfell Tower, London, in which 71 people lost their lives. His role was to provide advice to officials and Ministers on action to be taken in high rise buildings following the Grenfell fire.

Sir Ken has also completed reviews of the fire and rescue services in; Southern Ireland, Bermuda and Gibraltar and undertook a review of the national fire safety and civil defence arrangements in the Kurdish Region of Iraq at the request of the Kurdish Regional Government.

Sir Ken is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He was a founder Trustee of the UK Firefighters Memorial Trust and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, 1998.

Her Majesty the Queen awarded Sir Ken the Queens’ Fire Service Medal in 1991 and the CBE in 2001. He was appointed as Her Majesty’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Richmond upon Thames; 2017-2017, and continues as a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Lonon, 2007-. Sir Ken was Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fire and rescue service.

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  1. ^ 'KNIGHT, Sir Kenneth John, (Sir Ken)', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 3 Aug 2017

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