Simon Routh-Jones CBE QFSM


Simon Routh-Jones served as a Fire Officer for over 37 years and retired from the post of Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive at Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in April 2016.

He joined HM Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland in September 2016 as an Assistant Inspector. In June 2018, Simon Routh-Jones was appointed HM Chief Inspector for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and leads the Inspectorate in a period of great change and challenge.

Simon is the Advisor to the Northern Ireland Department of Health Administration responsible for Public Safety (Fire) and to the Board of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. He is also a Trustee of The Fire Fighters Charity alongside being a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

In 2016 he was awarded for Queen’s Fire Service Medal for services to the Fire and Rescue Service. In 2020 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Speaking of his appointment with the 999 Cenotaph, Mr Routh-Jones, said: “ I am very privileged and honoured to be your first Parton for HM Fire Service Inspectorate for Scotland. I am delighted to be part of, and to support the National Emergency Services Memorial. A Charity that will make the memories of those who served, and who have lost their lives on duty, be remembered forever through this stunning monument. This really is a fitting tribute to all those who serve our communities.”