Paul Hancock, Chair of Active Cheshire, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Chester.

Paul received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his distinguished work during his time as Chief Fire Officer of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as President of the Chief Fire Officers Association. After a total of 34 years with the fire service, Paul has since retired and now focuses some of his free time as our Chair of the Board.

Paul Hancock Active Cheshire Chairman

On acceptance of this award, he said: “I am delighted and feel incredibly honoured to be receiving an award from the University of Chester. I have been privileged to work with some amazing people over the years and I would very much like to thank them for being part of my journey. I would also like to thank the University for its generosity in bestowing upon me an Honorary Doctor of Science. It means a great deal to me.”

Paul’s other notable achievements are receiving a Master’s in Business Administration, is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and receiving the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2014. Paul first joined the fire service in 1985, for the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service starting as a firefighter, working his way up during his 22-year career to become Assistant Chief Fire Officer. In 2007, Paul joined Cheshire Fire and Rescue service, during which he acted as joint chief fire officer for both counties in 2016-17. Whilst Paul was going back to support the Cumbria service, he did so on a voluntary basis offering his expertise.

Speaking of this outstanding recognition of achievement Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire commented; “I am delighted that the amazing work Paul has done alongside his long-standing contribution to the community is being recognised. He is an asset to us and brings valued experience and capabilities to our organisation. We are so proud of Paul and truly honoured to have an award-winning leader at our helm.”

In addition to these responsibilities, Paul was the President of the Chief Fire Officers Association during 2015/16, which during his term, he led the organisational change to the National Fire Chiefs Council and was a key component in the transmission of the fire and rescue service nationally to the Home Office from the Department of Communities and Local Government.