Fire service boss being investigated ‘for lying about MA degree’ found dead

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  • January 24, 2024
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Wayne Brown was discovered dead at his home


The West Midlands’ Fire Service’s Chief Officer, who was being investigated over allegations that he lied about his qualifications on his CV, has been found dead.

Wayne Brown’s body was discovered at his home on Wednesday morning, the service said in a statement.

They added: “All our thoughts and love are with his family, his friends and his colleagues.

“We ask everyone that his family and his colleagues are given time and space at this tragic time.”

The police are not treating the death as suspicious.

It comes a day after The Sun revealed that the West Midlands Fire Service is carrying out inquiries into accusations that Mr Brown was dishonest about his Master of Business Administration degree, from London South Bank University.

The university has reportedly confirmed it has no record of this supposed qualification, which was then removed from his LinkedIn profile.

Mr Brown is also said to have claimed to have been a former Charlton Athletic professional footballer.

But he was only on a youth training scheme at the League One club, according to the newspaper.

Mr Brown was part of the London Fire Brigade for almost three decades before he moved to the West Midlands as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2019.

Last January, he achieved his promotion to Chief Officer – a role which requires an advanced qualification.

On Tuesday, West Midlands Fire Service said: “We are aware of claims referencing our Chief Fire Officer.

“Formal inquiries, in line with our Fire Authority’s constitution, are now ongoing.”

West Midlands Police said: “We can confirm that we attended an address in Birmingham this morning where the body of a man in his 50s was sadly found.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and we are liaising with the local coroner.

“A formal identification will take place in due course.

“The man’s family is being supported by specialist officers and our thoughts are with them at this time.”