London Fire Commissioner becomes charity champion

Tuesday 6 March 2018

London Fire Commissioner becomes charity champion 

YWTYoung Women’s Trust can today, ahead of International Women’s Day, announce that London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton QFSM will become an ambassador for the charity, promoting its efforts to help young women into work. 

Cotton, who became the first woman to hold the role of Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade in January 2017, will support the charity in helping more women into male-dominated industries. 

Young Women’s Trust has found that gender stereotypes and a lack of support can shut women out of areas like firefighting. As a result, women are more likely to work in lower-paid sectors and often struggle to make ends meet. The charity believes that supporting women into a wider range of industries, including firefighting, would benefit not just women but businesses and the economy too. 

Since taking on the Fire Commissioner’s role, Dany has been a trailblazer for women. She is keen to show that women are just as capable of fighting fires as men and has led the London Fire Brigade’s #Firefightingsexism campaign, which seeks to stop people referring to “firemen” – an outdated term that excludes women from the industry. Dany also helped tackle stigmas by publicly saying she had received counselling after the fire at Grenfell tower. 

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton QFSM said: 

“I’m proud and delighted to be an Ambassador for the Young Women’s Trust. I hope my efforts will add further impetus to driving and delivering equality of opportunity now. I hope that the very next generation look back and wonder how it could have been any other way.” 

Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“In her short time in the Fire Commissioner role, Dany Cotton has made a huge impact for women – showing that women can succeed in workplaces where they have previously been shut out. 

“As with firefighting, however, women often look at male-dominated sectors and feel excluded. This has to change. 

"Young Women's Trust is excited to be working with our new charity ambassador Dany Cotton to support more women into workforces across the country.” 

Young Women’s Trust is currently doing research into employers’ use of positive action to boost women’s numbers in the workforce. 


Notes to editor 

About Young Women’s Trust 

Young Women’s Trust ( supports and represents women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and who are at risk of being trapped in poverty. 

For more information, please contact Bex Bailey on 07963018281 or 

About Dany Cotton 

Dany Cotton is the first female Commissioner of London Fire Brigade in its history. 

Dany started her training at Southwark training centre when she was just 18.