A Crucial Crew Scenario day

Note: since this video was made GlaxoWellcome are now GlaxoSmithKline

We gratefully acknowledge the Patrons of Crucial Crew:

Frank Whiteley

Frank Whiteley

Chief Constable of Hertfordshire.


Frank Whiteley joined the Police Service in 1978, having read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies at Cambridge University. He became Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2004.

As a partnership initiative, Frank believes Crucial Crew contributes to preventing crime and anti-social behaviour on a local level, supporting the Constabulary’s key purpose of securing safety, justice and reassurance for all.

Frank is particularly keen to support Hertfordshire Crucial Crew, as it’s an opportunity for the Police to be involved in shaping the lives of youngsters at a crucial age, when they may be dealing with peer pressure, and developing into responsible adult members of the community.

Roy Wilsher

Roy Wilsher

OBE, M.I.Fire.E., B.Eng (Hons)

Chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 2002

Queen’s Jubilee Medal

Roy joined the London Fire Brigade in 1981.  Served at Hornsey in North London and then in various roles, both operational and fire safety, in N. London and the West End, including Soho fire station.  

Promoted to Senior Divisional Officer Fire Safety in 1998, responsible for 11 Boroughs in N. and W. London then moved on to Fire Safety Policy.  In 2001 led the project to re-structure London Fire Brigade, and then was responsible for Service Delivery in Tower Hamlets, City of London, and Westminster.

Here, Roy oversaw the introduction of the ‘LIFE’ scheme, working with young people to help reduce arson and anti-social behaviour, and in April 2005, was appointed Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire. Roy is also a Trustee for the ‘Herts in Trust’ Charity.

Roy has attended a number of major incidents:  Putney Gas explosion, Mortar Bomb attack on Downing Street, fire bomb attacks on Oxford Street, Operational Commander for the Paddington Rail Crash, the fire at Football Association HQ - and more recently was Fire Gold for the Buncefield Oil Terminal fire in December 2005.

Roy is married, with two sons, enjoys sport – golf, 5-a-side football – and reading.

Roy says “the Fire Service sees Crucial Crew as an extremely worthwhile initiative – and works with its partners to educate young people about some of the risks that can face them in their daily life, also to provide them with useful safety information in an interactive learning environment”.

Other Patrons

Other Patrons include:

  • The Mayor of Stevenage
  • Tom Johnson MBE
  • Cllr. P.D. Kissane
  • Mrs Pat Henry
  • Christopher. Laing OBE, DL
  • Barbara Follett - MP for StevenageCllr.
  • Jane Pitman CC - Executive Member for Children's Services
  • Caroline Tapster, CE Hertfordshire County Council
  • Paul Cherry