Saturday 3 February 2024

Another Diversity Hire Shot Down In Flames..?

Mr Brown, who was hired as chief of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority last year, was accused of lying about his qualifications and playing for Charlton Athletic when applying for the £180,000-a-year job.

Astonishingly, they actually checked this time. 

The firefighter, who was part of the London Fire Brigade for 27 years until switching to the West Midlands service in 2019, had impressed superiors with his Master of Business Administration degree from London South Bank University.

Is that really what impressed them so much? 

But an investigation was launched after his alleged alma mater said it had no record of his degree, with the fire chief removing them from his LinkedIn account shortly afterwards.

Why would you even lie about this sort of thing? Because you'd got away with it up to now, I suppose? 

London Fire Brigade posted a tribute to Mr Brown from Fire Commissioner Andy Roe, saying: 'I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Wayne Brown.
'Wayne was a valued and respected colleague in the brigade for over 20 years before joining West Midlands FRS. Our thoughts go out to Wayne's family and friends at this difficult time.'

Did you ever check his claims when he worked for you, though? 


decnine said...

Is this a first? A Daily Mail article which says, "...found dead at his home..." rather than "...found dead at his £xxxxxxxx home..."

Anonymous said...

It’s a serious offence to lie about your qualifications to get a job . It’s called obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and can carry a prison sentence . So instead of praising this man they should be getting HR to do their job properly and at least check whether these senior officers are actually qualified to do the job . But in the rush to appear diverse…..

Nemisis said...

@decnine: perhaps it means that he was found in a council house (or whatever they are called nowadays)?

Mark said...

What that he's holding, an award for putting out a fire by stabbing it?

Andy said...

Habeus Corpus. I'm sure that he wouldn't have faked his own death.

JuliaM said...

"Is this a first? "

It would appear to be, unless Nemisis is correct?

"But in the rush to appear diverse….."

My thoughts exactly!

"I'm sure that he wouldn't have faked his own death."