Glyn Morgan has been the Chief Executive of the Fire Officers' Association (FOA) since retiring from the fire and rescue service in 2008.
His involvement with the fire and rescue began in 1978 when he joined Nottinghamshire Fire Service as a firefighter. He remained in Nottinghamshire for 5 years before moving to Strathclyde Fire Brigade in 1983.
Glyn served in various operational roles as spending time on secondment preparing for local Scottish government reorganisation. From 1998 he worked full-time as a specialist officer dealing with Best Value, performance, planning, consultation and Integrated Risk Management Planning, gaining wide experience and knowledge of quality, modernisation and service improvement matters.
Glyn has been actively involved with the FOA since its formation in 1994, initially serving as Health and Safety Representative as Branch Secretary in Strathclyde before progressing to the role of Executive Board member for Scotland. He subsequently moved on to become Vice-President and President before being appointed to the position of Chief Executive.
Glyn believes that, to function effectively, any organisation must engage with staff and their representative bodies and that this is particularly important during times of change or financial constraint. In his present role, he promotes an approach where stakeholders work together, in an atmosphere of openness and honesty, to find sustainable solutions that balance staff interests against the need to maintain an effective fire and rescue service.
He sees the FOA as a modern trade union that recognises management's right to manage and the need for compromise. However, this requires service leaders to recognise that the workforce has a legitimate quality assurance role to play within the decision-making process and this can only be delivered if plans and supporting evidence are made open to scrutiny and challenge.