Harringey head scoops Fire Authority role

The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), the body responsible for the London Fire Brigade, has appointed its first head of legal and democratic services.

Davina Fiore, currently head of legal services and monitoring officer at the London Borough of Haringey, will take up the new position in April.

The role is a merger of LFEPA’s previously separate head of legal and head of democratic services positions, following a shake-up of its internal legal function following head of legal Steve Starling’s retirement in October. The former head of democratic services, Jill Lightbown, was unable to stand for the new post as she is not a qualified lawyer.

Fiore will oversee LFEPA’s legal team of 12 fee-earners and two trainees, which last year had an external legal spend of £172,000. Firms used include Bristol’s Burges Salmon, which does commercial, property and construction work for the agency.

Fiore joined LB Haringey in 2004, where she was also on the corporate management board. Before that she spent three years as director of legal and democratic services at the London Borough of Ealing.

Recruitment for the LFEPA role was conducted by the former director of law and democratic services at the London Borough of Hackney, Claer Lloyd-Jones, who is a consultant at Rockpools.